Sunday, June 21, 2015

"You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught" … to hate

In 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein produced a musical called “South Pacific”, starring Mary Martin. It became a hit but received much scrutiny for its commentary regarding relationships between different races and ethnic groups. Some legislators actually implied that interracial marriage was an implicit threat to the “American way of life.”

I would like to believe that things have improved since 1949 but it was with a heavy heart that I watched the news last Wednesday and realized that very little has changed. A 21 year old boy who stopped going to school after the ninth grade, had few (if any) friends, and spent most of his days in his bedroom suddenly takes matters in his own hands and goes on a hate filled killing rampage. It made me think of the words in “South Pacific” that state: “racism in not born in you! It happens after you’re born” , followed by this song “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” :

“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!”

I still get chills just reading those lyrics.

Hatred is still alive and rampant in our nation but my hope is that the newborn babies of today will be more carefully taught … not to hate but to accept, embrace and love those with differences. I know that is naïve but I hate to see what will happen to us if we fail to heed the warning.


Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Since hate can be taught, so can love and tolerance. We need to get busy.

4:29 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

So sad.

4:39 AM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

Well said. I have been so angry about statements from some of our so-called "leaders." They dance all around trying not to admit that we do have massive problems with intolerance and hatred. I agree with Patti - we need to get busy teaching love and tolerance.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so dreadfully sad. Even churches, temples, synagogues and mosques aren't safe anymore. The people of Charleston have rallied, however, and I prefer to focus on their true Christianity which is about love. Love is the only thing that matters.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in the UK we have plenty of hate filled nutters; but the big difference between here and the US of A is that our morons cannot easily obtain a gun. I'm afraid that until America faces up to 'gun control' these terrible events will continue on a regular basis.
I am big fan of the USA and the American people and always loved visiting the country , but I always felt a little nervous about all those guns!
I was once stopped by a state trooper when driving because cars travelling on the road ahead were being used for target practice by a sniper hidden in the woods. I wonder who he hated ?

6:51 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

It is sad that the lyrics of a musical have become what is so true in the U.S. In many areas.

6:07 PM  
Blogger Dick Klade said...

What a wonderful post! I agree with every word, and share your hope that people may one day teach enough of the right things to produce a better world.

2:08 PM  

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