You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught

I’m not a huge fan of the classic musicals, but sometimes, one of them resonates so deeply that it is as relevant in 2017 as it was when it was initially introduced to audiences.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical, South Pacific is set on an unnamed island in the South Pacific during World War II. The underlying message of the narrative is basically that racism of any kind is wrong. The story focuses on the will they or won’t they relationship between two couples: an American nurse and a French expatriate plantation owner with mixed race children and a soldier and a native girl.

While the show has it’s lighter moments, one the best remembered songs (in my opinion at least), is “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”.

The rally in Charlottesville yesterday proved that America has a long way to go in achieving the ideals of the Founding Fathers.

It did not help, of course, that President Trump’s statement was vague and he did not outright condemn the hate filled marchers, but honestly who is surprised by that?

We were warned, btw by Hillary Clinton last year.

Heather Heyer lost her life to this hate.  I hope this is a wake up call for all Americans. The progress we have made as Americans in reaching the ideals set forth by the Founding Fathers represents the work of multiple generations. But for as much work as we have done, this weekend proves that we still have a long way to go.

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2 responses to “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught

  1. I love South Pacific. The song, “you’ve got to be carefully taught” shows that racism is taught and that we are not born with hatred of other races.

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