Kathleen Z. Minneapolis, MN I enjoyed your talk at the Guthrie so much. I listened to it again yesterday and was disappointed the man from Birmingham who was at the church explosion didn’t get on the edited broadcast! Here are my six words from SOUTH PACIFIC: You’ve got to be carefully taught. Here are the [...]
Leigh Slater Hagerstown, MD We are not born hating people who are different from ourselves. Like the song from South Pacific says, hatred is taught, not innate.
Rosie W. Tucson, AZ When I was in the third grade in the sixties, my best friend and neighbor was Joyce, who was Japanese. She was wonderful. When my mother found out, she let me know, albeit gently and with compassion, that my father would be terribly hurt by my friendship because he had fought [...]
Margaret Middleton Little Rock, AR Lyric by Oscar Hammerstein, from “South Pacific”. 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.
Steven Chung South Bend, IN
Lee Augustine Wawarsing, WY This is from South Pacific.
Emily Green-Cain Nashville, TN I grew up in the city where James Lawson led teach-ins for non-violence that led to sit-ins throughout the Southeast. No one in my schooling, neither my parents, my church or the local education system taught me anything about these events. I did not know the specifics of what happened here [...]
Jennifer Woods East Lansing, MI
Claire Rosenbaum Cumberland, RI
Katherine Charlotte, NC When I heard this line in the play “South Pacific” 50 years ago, I realized racism was not a natural instinct.
Margaret Middleton Little Rock, AR Submitted via NPR’s Talk of the Nation Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, from “South Pacific”: Apropos of the ‘subconscious racist’ quote. 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 [...]