Allen Ginsberg on censorship, language and police brutality


In 1968 Allen Ginsberg appeared on Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.

The topic was the Avant-Garde but it wasn’t long before Ginsberg, who Buckley refers to as “the hippie’s hippie, the bohemian prototype,” turns the discussion to the power of the media, censorship and language. He points out how the language of the media is a far cry from the language of the everyday and how the language the police use “toward hippies and Negroes” never enters the public discourse so one can never get a true picture of what happened. 

This was almost 50 years ago!