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"You've Got To Be Carefully Taught"/South Pacific

The lyrics from Rodger and Hammerstein's memorable musical, "South Pacific" fits today's celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Listen to the song-I have never heard a song that so perfectly identifies the idiocy of discrimination of any kind.  While "South Pacific" is set during World War II, the story is timeless and can refer to any group, any where in the world during any time.

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!

Published Monday, January 17, 2011 9:25 PM by Sheila Bell

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