Tuesday, November 11, 2008

You've Got to Be Taught

I was checking up on all of my entertainment news back home in the States when I came across a reference to the musical “South Pacific” in response to something written about Prop 8 being passed in California banning same-sex marriages. I haven’t yet seen this musical, but I definitely plan on renting the movie version when I get home based on this song alone.

Regardless of what your religious beliefs are, what you fear may or may not happen if equality is introduced and enforced in society, this message of being taught that inequalities exists rings true.

"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 different 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 be carefully taught!"

---You've Got to be Taught, from South Pacific

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