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GUEST,KT BS: Racial No-nos (258* d) RE: BS: Racial No-nos 20 Nov 05


Like Judith, I too, learned the song asa child, with the lyrics, "Oh, Mandy...." My interpretation of the song was always one of joy. To my understanding, it was, like much of the music that came from that time, a testimony to the incredible strength of human spirit, which allowed those who were singing, to find joy, despite the conditions which caused them to be there. That interpretation caused me to have nothing but respect for those who were actually in those fields.

I think this thread is an invitation to be sensitive....sensitive to the feelings of others, but also sensitive to the idea of intention. As important as it is to be sensitive to others' feelings with regard to language, it is equally important to be sensitive with regard to the intentions of others. Although I never have done so, imagining myself teaching that song to children, there would be nothing but reverance in doing so. That would be an important part of the teaching.

I'd like your opinion about something, Azizi. At my regular gig, I am often asked to sing "Amazing Grace." Knowing the story of how John Newton came to write the song, I have given a lot of thought to whether or not it is appropriate to share that story with the audience prior to singing the song. My intention would be to educate those who were unfamiliar with the story, but would not want to offend anyone of African ancestry in doing so. What do you think?

KT


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