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GUEST,Gerry This land is WHOSE land? (112* d) RE: This land is WHOSE land? 17 Jul 20

"Woody had no tolerance for racism."

True, but it took him a while to get to that position. Ed Cray writes of Guthrie, in 1937 or so, "Guthrie was still stiff with the prejudices of Okemah and Pampa. He casually referred to African-Americans as 'niggers'.... His racism was unconscious and unexamined, a by-product of a boyhood spent not far from that part of Oklahoma known as 'little Dixie'. ... One evening Guthrie introduced a harmonica solo by its traditional name, 'Run, Nigger, Run'. Shortly afterwards, he received a polite letter from a listener: I am a Negro, a young Negro in college and I certainly resented your remark. No person, or person of any intelligence uses that word over the radio today.... Guthrie was shaken. He apologized on the air, declined to play the harmonica showpiece againľunder that titleľand from then on spoke of 'colored men'."

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