Classical music’s long overdue reckoning with racism


Ever wonder what other social/cultural  aspect of our life was left that was not filled with “Racism?” Well  Moonbattery found it. Classical music. Yes, not enough Blacks. But of course. So I am done with baseball, football because I am sick of it. Now classical music?

On the same day that the New York Times called for using Affirmative Action as a wrecking ball against classical music, its woke twin the Washington Post published a piece entitled “That Sound You’re Hearing Is Classical Music’s Long Overdue Reckoning With Racism.

”Data collected from 500 American orchestras for a 2016 study by the League of American Orchestras paints a starkly white picture when it comes to diversity in classical organizations. Its key finding: the “proportion of nonwhite musicians represented in the orchestra workforce — and of African American and Hispanic/Latino musicians in particular — remains extremely low.”

The systemic racism that runs like rot through the structures of the classical music world exists somewhere between broad statistical data and intimate personal disclosure. And right now, in what seems like a promising turn, a range of responses to it — individual, artistic and institutional — feels, at long last, audible.

On the individual level, many in the classical community are turning to anonymously operated social media accounts as a way to air personal experiences with racism in the classical world, from the conservatory classroom to the orchestra pit.

The piece denounces American orchestras as “starkly white.” This condemnation is followed by a revealing paragraph:

The proportion of Hispanic and Latino musicians grew from just 1.8 percent in 2002 to 2.5 percent in 2014; while over the same 12-year period, the proportion of black musicians languished at around 1.8 percent. … And between 2010 and 2016, black conductors and music directors have accounted for just 2 to 6 percent of the field.

Recall that the media is enraged that orchestras recruit musicians based on blind auditions, so that no one knows what race they are. Not so with conductors and music directors, who according to the Compost’s numbers are up to 3.33 times more likely to be black. Yet again, we see that racial discrimination works in favor of blacks, not against them.

Classical Music Can Fight Racism

Brandon Keith Brown, Conductor/Educator/Speaker/Activist Black Lives Matter Protest, Berlin, 5/31/20



That my friends is all I need to know today about the swamp. Everything swell.

41 Responses to “Classical music’s long overdue reckoning with racism”

  1. Steve Dennis Says:

    They are just looking for things to bitch about at this point!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. GP Cox Says:

    Do you think anyone will tell rappers they have to stop singing about killing police and honkies?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Adrienne Says:

    One of my favorite classical orchestras is the Denmark National Symphony. You just don’t get any whiter than they are. Except…………the conductor is Sarah Hicks who was born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. They’re rendition of Once Upon the Time in the West is stellar!!

    RIP Ennio Morricone!

    Do yourself a favor and take a listen.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Love them as well…… especially the Clint Eastwood themes they did…. We need more of that if they want the next generation to appreciate large orchestras…no matter what color.. I lived opposite the Academy of Music in Phila. home of the Phila Orchestra… not many under 40… We could get seats an hour before the concerts for $2 bucks if we were willing to climb about 6 stories of stairs and sit in the amphitheatre. That was our Friday night date nights!!


  4. geeez2014 Says:

    I can’t even begin to respond to this stuff….I’m hoping even some libs finally WAKE UP as they read things like this….
    By the way….BEETHOVEN;S HAIR is a book I’m reading now and if anybody loves Beethoven and the history of music in his times in very personal, fascinating ways, even if they ARE racist!, you will enjoy it!! Some good news from me for a change!

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  5. peter3nj Says:

    So when do the Eyetalians start knocking down the statues of the ancient slave owning Romans? And surely Jesus and his apostles owned slaves so storm the Vatican!!!!!

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Mustang Says:

    The world is spinning out of control. So, if I enjoy listening to classical music, I harbor heretofore undisclosed biases against people of color? I’m not sure I know what “people of color” are. I do know that black isn’t a color; it’s the absence of color. “Red skins” aren’t really red, and Asians aren’t yellow. Beethoven may never have laid his eyes on a Negro. There weren’t many things that would cause my grandmother to smack the children in the face but uttering the word “nigger” was one of them. The word was “disrespectful,” she told us. It wasn’t a nice word. Today, it’s what blacks call each other … replacing “Jim,” I suppose. Grandmother referred to black people as darkies. All of this leads me to worry about my preference for ice cream. What are the real undertones associated with my preference for one flavor over another? I live across the street from a black lady; she’s a very nice lady. She’s never mentioned my pearl-white truck or the fact that my wife is white, but I have to say that even if she had, I’m keeping them.

    Many years ago, a fellow observed that if you intend to judge someone, base that judgment on the content of his or her character rather than the color of their skin. We have some control over our character, none whatsoever about the color of our skin. Have all these self-loathing white liberals forgotten Dr. King’s lesson, or have they never learned it? As I look around and observe the “events of the day,” I can’t blame my dark-skinned fellow citizens nearly as much as I blame white liberals, who are mostly idiots, and whose collective idiocy is destroying the American Republic one small piece at a time. This is the product, by the way, of Ivy League colleges and universities and their commie professors. When we should have been producing historians, scientists, mathematicians, we were churning out community organizers and newspaper editors—all of whom were still wetting the bed in their twenties.

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  7. Linda Says:

    {{{banging head on desk}}}} Since Mark and others have already said it…personally, I have had enough of the Karen’s and all these woke crybabies.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. kidme37 Says:

    So, you don’t consider this Classical Music ?

    Liked by 5 people

  9. peter3nj Says:

    Not enough white rappers ya!!!!!

    Liked by 4 people

  10. hocuspocus13 Says:

    “Fundamentally Transforming America”
    How ya liking it so far?

    Liked by 4 people

  11. markone1blog Says:

    Why don’t we put quotas on everything? In the NBA, 13% of the players should be African-American (not just Black, but African-American). In the NHL, Hispanics, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and the rest should be proportionately represented. When it comes to the 0.1% Phonecian-American, someone is going to have to make a sacrifice for the team.

    Liked by 3 people

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