The Queen of Soul provided us with a theme song about relationships that will always be remembered...and that is RESPECT. The song became the unofficial national anthem for Black people - not from what the song was initially meant for which was the contract between a man and a woman. RESPECT became a cry of unity that complimented the civil rights movement drum beat.
It is a song that demonstrates what Blacks have been longing for. Shouldn't Blacks receive the same respect that every American enjoys? In the days of Trump, this song has been given a rebirth. In a playful way, Aretha Franklin asks for “just a little bit”… “just a little bit”. Doesn't that reflect what we ask for on many days? Respect in employment. Respect in fair contracting. Respect in our personal relationships. Respect as a mother. Respect as a wife. Respect as a husband. Respect as a father. Respect as Black people... just a little bit.
On many days, as we prepare the San Antonio Observer newspaper, and as we write the various storylines, I think about RESPECT. We write about countless stories where Blacks are not given even a little RESPECT. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, will be remembered for her voice and her countless contributions to advance the Women’s Rights movement and to include the civil rights of Black people in America. In the end, her anthem became the song for any person or group who has felt the oppressors hand around their very necks. Timeless are her contributions. Can you spell it with me? R.E.S.P.E.C.T – R.I.P. to the Queen of Soul!