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.