Monday, July 15, 2013

BAD CRAZINESS: Chambers Brother Attacked After Trayvon Remark

Lester Chambers, of the The Chambers Brothers was physically attacked by a woman at show in Hayward, Calif. Saturday night after he dedicated a song to the late Trayvon Martin.
Photo posted on Facebook by Chambers' son

Police arrested 43-year-old Dinalynn Andrews Potter of Barstow, who, witnesses yelled, "It's all your fault!" after Chambers dedicated the song "People Get Ready" to Martin. Andrews Potter allegedly jumped on the stage and shoved the 73-year-old Chambers. 

According to The Contra Costa Times:

Chambers was performing at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival downtown when around 5:15 p.m. he dedicated Curtis Mayfield's hit "People Get Ready" to Martin, the 17-year-old shot and killed by George Zimmerman. 
A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman on all charges Saturday. 
Chambers told the audience if Mayfield were around today, he'd change the lyrics "there's a train a comin'" to "there's a change a comin,'" his wife Lola Chambers told this newspaper Sunday.
Eyewitnesses and Hayward police said people on stage subdued Andrews Potter after she allegedly shoved Chambers. Though the police investigation into a motive continues, family members believe the attack was racially motivated and was a result of Chambers' mention of Martin. The family is pressing police to file hate crime charges.

Chambers, 73, was treated and released. "His son said Chambers had a `bruised rib muscle and nerve damage and he is sore all over.'," the newspaper said.

"People Get Ready," written by the late Curtis Mayfield, was a hit for Mayfield's group The Impressions in the mid '60s. But The Chambers Brothers also did a great version. Here's a live recording.