“You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”

I grew up and still love going to Broadway musicals. The words from many shows – The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Pippin, Les Miserables, Into The Woods and now, Hamilton –  occupy a permanent residence in my brain. Some of my happiest childhood memories involve a crowded back car seat (me, my sister, brother and large dog) with my parents up front – all of us singing (aloud, probably not in tune).  A couple of weeks ago, someone sent me a link to a powerful piece by Texas Sportscaster Dale Hansen speaking on behalf of a trans teen athlete. I was so moved by this older white man from Texas speaking with such passion that I had to know more about him.  So, I looked him up and was blown away.  Below is one of my favorite clips which made me want to ask him to run for office.

And these, are the Rodgers and Hammerstein words that filled my head as I listened to his story.

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 to be carefully taught.

When Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote South Pacific in 1949 – based on James Michener’s 1947 novel Tales of the South Pacific –  they were drawn to its progressive message regarding racism.  They received great opposition – especially from Georgia lawmakers who tried to ban it, saying it was un-American. But Rodgers and Hammerstein didn’t budge. Michener said that they were willing to risk the entire production (which went on to become an enormous success) rather than cut the songs and story line that were, to them, the ultimate message. A message of equality, hope and love. Sound familiar?

Ideas, Information and Action

Listening to the call to resistance last night was a powerful experience.  If you have time, I encourage you to listen – at least to the beginning when The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II spoke about the need for us to make clear our morals and our values in every part of our resistance. In our language, our actions, our commitment to connecting all of the issues.

Seven years ago this Thursday (March 23rd, 2010,) President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.  This Thursday, Paul Ryan and Republican Representatives are aiming to pass Trumpcare.  Word is that they will vote late at night perhaps squeaking by with one or two votes. The goal this week is to create a firestorm of opposition.

Defeating Trumpcare -link to google doc with undecided Republicans. Please contact your representatives and see if you know anyone in the states/districts below. There will be actions in Washington DC on Wednesday and again on Thursday.  To see if there’s anything near you or to organize an event click here.

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Today, in his opening remarks during a House Intelligence Committee hearing, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the President of the United States and his associates are under active criminal investigation by the Department of Justice. Read MoveOn’s statement.

In a recent twitter poll created by Flippable, they discovered that only 17% of those who participated knew all of their elected officials. Check out League of Women Voters to find ALL of yours – Federal, State and Local in one place!  I printed a sheet of mailing labels so I can quickly send off a postcard or two or three whenever I feel the need.

Companies to boycott for their connections to Trump. The top ten are: Macy’s • LL Bean • Bloomingdale’s • Zappos • Amazon • Hudson’s Bay • TJ Maxx • Lord & Taylor • Bed Bath & Beyond • Dillards.

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#TheIdesofTrump was a HUGE success. There were so many incredible stories, poignant and hysterical postcards sent, postcard parties had.  And, if you enjoyed it, here’s some good news from the organizers: “Who’s in for round two? Because in April we’re going to say hello to a guy who’s having a bit of a hard day: Paul Ryan.”

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And, we can also be grateful for the federal court in Hawaii which temporarily blocked President Trump’s new Muslim ban executive order just hours before it was set to take effect. Muslims, refugees, and immigrants have constitutional rights. Knowing them is crucial, now more than ever. From the ACLU -download posters (available in 14 languages), watch videos in Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, and Urduand. “Know Your Rights” – detailing what to do if you are stopped by immigration agents or the police. Please share.

I Got This.

And finally,

If you’ve been following this blog from the very beginning, you may have seen the I Can’t Keep Quiet video from the Women’s March.  Like Brian Claflin and Ellie Grace‘s song, I’m Gonna Walk It With You, the song has had quite a journey. Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman, co-founders of Choir!Choir!Choir!, taught their arrangement of “Quiet”to 1,300 singers. MILCK joined them to sing lead and record the video below.  All proceeds went to the ACLU. If you live near Providence, RI contact me if you’d like to be part of the large “I Can’t Keep Quiet” chorus at the rally on Saturday, March 25th.

Here’s to you, here’s to us – all in it together.