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Wednesday, June 18

One Word: Oy.

I was going to title this post "What The F**K!?" when I first saw this:

But we're going to be seeing a whole lot worse in the next five months - and probably beyond. The egregious assholes who made up these buttons were selling them at the Texas State Republican Convention.

Yes, Republicans.

Yes, at a Party-sanctioned convention.

The Broadway musical South Pacific is back on Broadway after a long hiatus and won seven Tony awards recently. One of the songs in that musical is You've Got to be Carefully Taught, about how racism is perpetuated. I have to confess that this was sung to me as a child, and I recall it from a TV public service announcement way back in the day.

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!

Rodgers and Hammerstein knew it, back then. Why haven't more people learned?

Racism is SO Twentieth Century - time to evolve, people.

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