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Old 11-16-2005, 03:31 PM   #1
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Racist Folk Song??

Mich. School Drops Folk Song

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BERKLEY, Mich. - A song about people picking cotton was pulled from a middle school concert in suburban Detroit after a black parent complained that it glorifies slavery.

Superintendent Tresa Zumsteg decided Monday to remove the song "Pick a Bale of Cotton" from the program, said Gwen Ahearn, spokeswoman for the Berkley School District.

Ahearn said that when the song was picked for Wednesday's folk songs concert at Anderson Middle School, there was no intent to offend anyone.
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Old 11-16-2005, 03:37 PM   #2
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Perky?

I can understand that man being sensitive to a song like that, certainly there were plenty of other songs to choose from. They may not have intended to offend anyone, but that wasn't the best choice of song. It's not the 50's now.
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Old 11-16-2005, 03:51 PM   #3
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There are so many songs like that from my childhood (I grew up in the south) and I think a lot of the time they've just been handed down for so long that people don't even think about them or what they mean. I say that knowing full well that racism is alive and well where I grew up. But blacks weren't the only cotton pickers. There were cotton pickers in my white family.
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I think its time for people to stop being offended at any and everything.
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I'm from the south...several members of my family were cotton pickers...all white.
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I almost choked on my coffee when I first saw this story this morning, because the version of this song I remember hearing growing up in Mississipi (NOT in school!) included a line about "that nigger over there, he can pick a bale a day." After reading a few more stories about it, I gather that this school was using a version popularized by Leadbelly, which (unsurprisingly) doesn't include this line.

I don't doubt that including this song was a wholly innocent gesture on the school's part, but I can certainly see why the descendants of slaves and sharecroppers would be uncomfortable seeing their kids smiling and clapping their way through it, especially if they're remembering the same version I am. I'm sure not all the black parents felt this way, but neither do I see why it's a big deal to just drop the song and replace it with something else.
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I think its time for people to stop being offended at any and everything.
Cool, glad to hear it. I guess now you won't get offended at any more 'Bush-bashing' threads.
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Cool, glad to hear it. I guess now you won't get offended at any more 'Bush-bashing' threads.

I'm not offended by those....I can still think your all ridiculous..but I won't be offended
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I have a friend that is Chinese.


When her children were in preschool they learned to sing.

"I've been working on the railroad
All the livelong day
I've been working on the railroad
Just to pass the time away"


she was not happy about it.
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I almost choked on my coffee when I first saw this story this morning, because the version of this song I remember hearing growing up in Mississipi (NOT in school!) included a line about "that nigger over there, he can pick a bale a day." After reading a few more stories about it, I gather that this school was using a version popularized by Leadbelly, which (unsurprisingly) doesn't include this line.

I don't doubt that including this song was a wholly innocent gesture on the school's part, but I can certainly see why the descendants of slaves and sharecroppers would be uncomfortable seeing their kids smiling and clapping their way through it, especially if they're remembering the same version I am. I'm sure not all the black parents felt this way, but neither do I see why it's a big deal to just drop the song and replace it with something else.
Geez, I don't remember that version. With that new dimension, I agree with you.
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I have a friend that is Chinese.


When her children were in preschool they learned to sing.

"I've been working on the railroad
All the livelong day
I've been working on the railroad
Just to pass the time away"


she was not happy about it.
We sang that one in elementary school, too, but I didn't meet any Asians until I went to college!
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I have a friend that is Chinese.


When her children were in preschool they learned to sing.

"I've been working on the railroad
All the livelong day
I've been working on the railroad
Just to pass the time away"


she was not happy about it.
I don't understand... what does that song has to do with asian people?
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I don't understand... what does that song has to do with asian people?

many of the people who built the railroads in the US during the 19th century were Chinese immigrants. it was dangerous work.
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I have a friend that is Chinese.


When her children were in preschool they learned to sing.

"I've been working on the railroad
All the livelong day
I've been working on the railroad
Just to pass the time away"


she was not happy about it.
Nothing like getting upset over song that almost no child would know the meaning of today.
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What next, go after beloved childrens characters like Golliwog and Little Black Sambo?
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