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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000150.txt from 2005/05

From: "Kevin Callahan" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Possible racist views in music titles [and: Re: Al Jolson vs. Ludacris]
Date: Sat, 07 May 2005 12:13:54 -0400

>Just because there are much worse songs than
>"Mammy" *still* wouldn't make it okay for kids to perform minstrel shows in
>blackface at the local school.

I admit to not following this thread very well, but under what school code
would this EVER be acceptable? I'm more interested in the facts, because
"right and wrong" here is a duel-edged sword.

Admittedly, even the students have their right to free speech, be it hateful
or otherwise. I don't see music as anything different than free speech, and
I believe the Supreme Court would agree with me. However, I think many of us
can agree to the immorality of such a performance in a high school pep

Sadly, I *have* seen blackface performed by white college students,
specifically in the fraternity scene. Several people I thought of as
friends, I no longer speak to out of complete disgust.

Kevin M. Callahan

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