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View Diary: Racist song in my kid's music class, Part 2 (313 comments)

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  •  Kum Ba Ya (none)
    is Gullah for "come by here" and provided guidance for escaped slaves.  It wasn't a simple campfire song.  Same for "Wade in the Water," "Steal Away," etc.  These "spirituals" were songs of insurrection and instruction and were essential to the survival of enslaved Africans.  

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