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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!



South Pacific - Youve Got To Be Carefully Taught Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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baron_waste
Nov. 26th, 2014 02:15 pm (UTC)

Just to make it weird, then imagine that your family moves to where none of Them are.  That's what happened to me; my family are old Pittsburgh folk, and they were programmed with ethnic bigotry against “Hunkies” and “Polacks.”  Problem was, we then moved to Cincinnati Ohio, where this ethic demographic simply doesn't exist!  So their more-or-less automatic attempts to instill this in us in turn, simply failed.

“You gotta watch out for them Martians!”

“… Ah, yah, I'll be sure to do that.”

“And cephalopods! They're all alike!”

“Right.”

Just to really spin it, I later moved to Chicago and discovered  a)  more jaw-dropping, walk-into-walls beautiful girls per square mile than I'd ever seen before, and  b)  they were quite often of Eastern European ancestry, either Hungarian or Polish.  “Hell-oo-oo, Nurse!”

As you may imagine, this put paid to “Them” but good!

bobby1933
Nov. 26th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
Interestimgly, i reacted somewhat the same way. Warnings about strangers made them more interesting, (and (i fear) my parents less so. )
amaebi
Nov. 26th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, the horror of mixed-race children. Presumably the education is general Racial Purity education. Ah, the ironies of South Pacific and Allied-versus-Axis forces,
bobby1933
Nov. 26th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, prejudice against Germans barely survived WWII while prejudice against "southern clime" peoples remains strong.
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