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Carefully taught
December 20, 2013, 9:05 am
Filed under: family, Family History, Holidays, make a difference | Tags: , , , , , ,

One of my favorite songs from the musical theater is not a block buster hit.  It was controversial when it was sung in South Pacific, and still is today in many areas.  We are in the Christmas season, a season of giving.  I would ask you all to think of what you are teaching, what you are giving,  your children before it’s too late.  The young do not see the color lines and income differences that we do, why are we teaching them to hate and fear.  I invite you to look deeply into yourself and find out what you hate and fear and to not pass those prejudices on to your little ones.

“You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,” (Lyrics from South Pacific.)

You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear,

You’ve got to be taught from year to year,

It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear,

You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid

Of people whose eyes are oddly made,

And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,

You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,

Before you are six or seven or eight,

To hate all the people your relatives hate,

You’ve got to be carefully taught!images

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I had a friend in high school who had never seen the musical “South Pacific” but had read the lyrics to that song and told me he would never consider spending a dime on such a racist show.

That song very much fit with the social messaging that the writers of the musical wanted to impart to the viewing public from their read of James Michener’s novella. And it was quite a statement for the post-war audience to absorb and understand. And yet today it seems pretty much soft-sell.

Michael, Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2014. May the planting go well and the harvest be great, and may your family be happy and well.

Comment by lenrosen4

A very thoughtful Christmas message.

Comment by chmjr2




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