You've got to be carefully taught
You’ve got to be taught to hate & fear
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About the Song
This song was written into the musical "South Pacific" specifically as a powerful statement against race hatred. The white plantation owner who has fallen in love with an Asian woman is wrestling with the hatred he is facing from other whites on the island. The song states that hate does not come naturally but has to be instilled in children by their elders. In the 1950's this was a courageous message.