Saturday, January 29, 2022

"You've got to be Carefully Taught"

find it incredibly sad that just 4 years of Trump and his lies is all it took to bring the white supremacy crowd out in the open... with all of the “crazies” in tow. Since they have always been there in hiding I suppose it is a good thing that they are now exposed.

However, when I heard the song “You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught" being sung recently it reminded me of the tremendous job it is to combat racism. For those of you who have never heard the lyrics I repeat them here...

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 different 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!”


Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

What terrifies me is that that "teacher" will probably run again and Lord help us, make it for another 4 years.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Jacobs said...

I hope he never gets in office again, or our country is done for.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Joared said...

This has been a favored song of mine, too. South Pacific was quite a remarkable Broadway Show as were the lyrics in this song. Those of our generation can fully appreciate the impact that show had. I had occasion to see the show at the St. Louis Municipal Opera with the original Broadway Bloody Mary.

In more recent years I think the times have resulted in a varying view of the show by some for several reasons. The lyrics about people's eyes "oddly made" might better be changed to "differently made." I think the attitude toward women and the romance of the young lieutenant as portrayed is viewed in a different light, too.

As for ol' "what's his name" which I refuse to write because he thrives on others saying his name, let's hope more people begin to see him for who he really is and it's certainly not Presidential material. There will be others for whom we must really be on guard, too, and they may be more devious. If those who have supported him are removed from office, voter suppression is prevented, and those in charge of various state's elections don't cheat our democratic republic will survive.

12:26 AM  
Blogger Marie Smith said...

I’ve never heard that song! I pray that man is jailed by the next election cycle.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I can confirm that attitudes can be inherited and taught and also overcome.

4:49 AM  

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