That’s Right Nate

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White House Musical Night Is Off Key

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Sometimes, it feels like the Obama administration is incapable of doing the right thing.  Last night, President Barack Obama hosted an evening honoring the music of the Civil Rights Movement in the East Room of the White House. The event featured a younger generation of musicians as well as luminaries of the Civil Rights era, including Smokey Robinson, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan.  Now I understand that this is Black History Month and of course that means the President is going to celebrate the Civil Rights movement, even Bush did that.   However, despite the appearance of white artists, the other side of the civil rights movement remains again unreported.

In the 1950s and 1960s, while the Civil Rights movement was exploding in the South, a whole generation of whites watched the reports on the news and felt sympathy.   These whites huddled around small black and white televisions and they kept their culture alive with their own musical heritage.   This White House celebration would have been a great opportunity to salute them.  Just think how much it would mean to this country to have the Ray Conniff Singers reunite.  Here are a few suggestions for a more inclusive musical evening next year:


Written by thatsrightnate

February 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm

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  1. What about Leo Sayer? Who could forget his work on “Raccoons on Ice”?


    February 11, 2010 at 7:43 am

  2. Leo Sayer like Englebert Humperdink are great artists, but they really didn’t make it until after the civil rights movement. I was looking for music that really captured that turbulent time.


    February 11, 2010 at 11:54 am

  3. Sgt. Barry Sadler certainly did.


    February 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

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