"You've Got To Be Carefully Taught" - SOUTH PACIFIC
Oscar Hammerstein introduces the song, "You've Got to be Taught,"
during Brotherhood Week in the United States.
Part of the reason why
is considered a classic is its confrontation of racism… "Rodgers and Hammerstein's attempt to use the Broadway theater to make a courageous statement against racial bigotry in general and institutional racism in the postwar United States in particular" forms part of
Michener recalled in his memoirs that a delegation of New Englanders had approached him after a New Haven tryout and urged him to recommend the song's removal to Rodgers and Hammerstein. When Michener told Hammerstein, he laughed and replied, "That's what the show is about!" -