School Drops Song About Picking Cotton

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    BERKLEY, Michigan (AP) -- A song about people picking cotton was pulled from a middle school concert in suburban Detroit after a black parent complained that it glorifies slavery.

    Superintendent Tresa Zumsteg decided Monday to remove the song "Pick a Bale of Cotton" from the program, said Gwen Ahearn, spokeswoman for the Berkley School District.

    Ahearn said that when the song was picked for Wednesday's folk songs concert at Anderson Middle School, there was no intent to offend anyone.

    "As it became apparent that that is the case, we pulled the song," she said.

    The school is predominantly white.

    The song's lyrics include, "Jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton. Gotta jump down, turn around, Oh, Lordie, pick a bale a day."

    Parent Greg Montgomery said he complained to school officials, and when he was dissatisfied with their response, decided to pull his 11-year-old daughter, China, from singing.

    "It's mind-boggling that people don't understand sensitive issues," he told The Detroit News.

    China said: "They were bringing back the memories of how African-Americans picked cotton, and it wasn't a good memory. It was disrespectful to African-Americans."

    Ahearn said there's nothing derogatory in the song's lyrics, but the district did not want China to miss the concert.

    "For her family and the school district, the best thing was to pull the song," she said.

    Earlier, Ahearn, while confirming that officials were considering pulling the song, had defended the choice.

    "We used to sing that song when I was in school during the '50s," she said. "It's like a Southern type of folk song. I remember it being perky. It was more of a song that people just sang for fun."

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    I guess they'll never perform Porgy and Bess, or Uncle Tom's Cabin as school plays either...some people are too thin-skinned.
     
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    Just shaking my head…

    First; I guess these folks don’t have a clue how many “white” people have or do pick cotton.

    Second; What the hell does this have to do with the law? Why is it in the “Legal” section?

    I propose a “Politically Correct” section on the board for PC BS such as this.
     
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    Wow. I guess 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is right out as a school play as well...

    I guess we should just ignore a portion of our history so that we can stop offending people with it.
     
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    My grandaddy grew and harvested cotton for years, and many of his friends still do, and he's about as black as his crop was. Why the HELL do black people seem intent on being offended by EVERYTHING. What's next? The cotton out of an aspirin bottle?
     
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    I didn't know where to put it. I guess "chat" would have been better. I like the comment somebody made about the cotton in the aspirin bottle. One day I'm sure some black person will get offended by having to pick the cotton swab out of the bottle and will sue Bayer.:laugh:
     
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    Yeah, and I’ll bet some young starving attorney will file such a suit too.
    What do ya think?
     
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    the white man opresses me....gives me a headache....and reminds me of my place by making me pick cotton to cure my headache :blowup:
     
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    How can something be a "memory" if you didn't experience it yourself?

    We sang that song when I was in 6th grade. I don't recall anyone giving it a thought. It ws just a lively goofy song to get the kids excited to sing.
     
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    Exactly. This whole thing is ridiculous but there are so many cases just like it.
     

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