Too Many White People Playing Classical Music, Washington Post says
Cancel culture is coming to a symphony hall near you. And Todd Starnes predicted this in his new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.” Click here to read.
The Washington Post issued a call to arms on Thursday to the angry mob after publishing a report that showed a troubling percentage of white musicians in orchestras and – even though we don’t exactly know how to respond— something needs to change faster than a pianist’s fingers in Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata (3rd movement).”
Michael Andor Brodeur, the classical music critic at the paper, argues that it is high time that the country examines its iconic music chambers due, in part, to its reawakening on social injustice after recent killings by police in the U.S.
The article was titled, “That Sound You’re Hearing is Classical Music’s Long Overdue Reckoning With Racism.”
There have already been seismic changes at media organizations and corporate America but now we’re seeing these initiatives take hold of art venues. (A curator at a museum in San Franciso art museum had to resign due to backlash for refusing to ban white artists.)
The article pointed out that black musicians make up about 1.8 percent of musicians in ensembles, according to a recent study. The League of American Orchestras, which conducted the study back in 2016, reportedly posted on its website in June that there is “an urgent need for White people and predominantly White organizations to do the work of uprooting this racism.”
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The Post’s writer goes on to say that “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.”
One black Twitter user slammed the article, “So I studied music from 4th grade to freshman year in college. And to this day, I absolutely adore classical music. Who Knew I was engaging in racist activity? F—k you and your low expectations.”
Jeremy Frankel, a writer for the Bongino Report, tweeted, “Imagine writing this column with a straight face.”
One commenter simply posted, “I’m listening to classical music at the moment and I only hear the pleasant sound of piano melody.”