The crime of whiteness in American classical musicNews
The indefatigable Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute has compiled an exhaustive list of confessional apologists for the crimes of American classical music. You will have read the extreme cases in slippedisc.com, but Heather has bulked them out into a depressing litany of spokespeople, some eminent, who are effectively saying ‘all whites are bad from birth’ and ‘pardon me for being alive’.
Classical music is under racial attack. Orchestras and opera companies are said to discriminate against black musicians and composers. The canonical repertoire—the product of a centuries-long tradition of musical expression—is allegedly a function of white supremacy.
Not one leader in the field has defended Western art music against these charges. Their silence is emblematic. Other supposed guardians of Western civilization, whether museum directors, humanities professors, or scientists, have gone AWOL in the face of similar claims, lest they themselves be denounced as racist.
The campaign against classical music is worth examining in some detail, for it reveals the logic that has been turned against nearly every aspect of Western culture over the last year…
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