Posted by: coastcontact | March 2, 2014

“You’ve got to be carefully taught”

Discrimination, bigotry, hatred of any other group seems to be ingrained in many Americans. There is no easy solution. As a fan of New York musicals such as Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, etc. I recall South Pacific and the message about hatred. South Pacific is a musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The original stage date was Apr 07, 1949. It does not appear we have learned very much about hatred since then.

Words from “You’ve got to be carefully taught”

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!

Oregon attorney generalThus I applaud Oregon’s State Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, who says she would not defend it’s ban on same sex marriage. The Catholic church of Oregon has taken an unmistakable opposite position.

From the Los Angeles Times
By Maria L. La Ganga

March 1, 2014, 9:39 p.m.

PORTLAND, Ore. — When Jackie Yerby and a small band of devout Catholics go to the cathedral for Mass this Ash Wednesday, they will be sending an unmistakable message. Pinned to their lapels will be big white buttons that proclaim, “Catholic Oregonians for Marriage Equality.”

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  1. So very sad and true. Now it’s the time to restore the learned behaviour of love, harmony and sharing.

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