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Racial Favoritism and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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Earlier this year, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) decided to disinvite two predominantly white high school choral groups from performance in the ASO’s holiday concert. The ASO’s decision was reportedly motivated by the high schools’ lack of diversity, which caused a stir among people who believe in racial justice as opposed to racial favoritism.

The ASO didn’t admit that their decision was racially motived. In fact, ASO vice president of marketing Charlie Wade offered only benign reasons for their decision in public. To get to the bottom of what happened, I used the Georgia Open Records Act to find out ASO’s real reason for disinviting the non-diverse choral groups.

Previously unpublished emails reveal that the ASO’s true reason was to “diversify the chorus” and to add “a chorus featuring more African-American kids,” as ASO marketing VP Charlie Wade privately wrote. This is blatant racial favoritism, reflecting the exact opposite of the ASO’s public remarks.

Prior to obtaining the emails, I had been critical of the ASO’s astounding hypocrisy with regard to diversity. There are 100 musicians comprising the ASO, and only one is black, yet the ASO had the gall to implicitly fault local Walton and Lassiter high schools for being non-diverse. Now, after reading the emails, we should add dishonesty and racial favoritism to the ASO management’s flaws.

Since the controversy began, Mr. Wade has offered bland, bureaucratic reasons for ASO’s decision, such as wanting to “open the program to other [choral] groups” as the Marietta Daily Journal reported. “Two years ago we told the choral directors from Lassiter and Walton that, after their December 2011 concerts with us — capping a four-year run – we would invite other high school choirs to sing with the ASO beginning in 2012,” Mr. Wade publicly claimed.

Missing from those evasive remarks is the blatantly racial criteria that motivated ASO’s decision, a motivation plainly stated in emails obtained through the Georgia Open Records Act. In explaining why ASO is “making a change” of choral groups, Wade wrote to Cobb school officials in May 2011 that “we were interested last year in trying to find a way to diversify the chorus and discussed adding another school chorus, but space being limited and the inability to reduce the number of singers from your schools to make room brought us to a dead end.” In a separate email, Wade specifically mentions “adding a chorus featuring more African-American kids — and we need to continue trying to figure that one out.” Judging from the emails, “diversifying the chorus” and “adding a chorus featuring more African-American kids” appear to be the sole reason that ASO decided to drop the Walton and Lassiter choral groups.

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  1. Four .45's

    December 24th, 2012

    “Diversity” = No Honkeys Allowed

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  2. simply enraged

    December 24th, 2012

    Is anyone truly surprised? In all our collective experiences, haven’t we seen that much if not most of the “artist” community comes down on the left side of the political spectrum? Let it go. Such blatant idiocy perhaps will awaken those few who still have a few functioning brain cells, despite their votes for the wannabe emperor, to the lunacy and hypocrisy of the left.

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  3. wildman

    December 24th, 2012

    and the replacement choral group will be a trans gendered, gay, disabled group of midgets? Just asking.

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  4. Maudie N Mandeville

    December 24th, 2012

    “the musicians deserve another ovation” my ass. I’ve never encountered a more liberal group of white people than symphony musicians. Not for me but for thee. Give it up, First clarinetist.

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  5. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 25th, 2012

    What if the choral groups performed in blackface?

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  6. Moe tom

    December 25th, 2012

    This is all so fucking sickening. I blame the fucking narcissist presidente.

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  7. Moe tom

    December 25th, 2012

    And the low informed. And the media.

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  8. Claudia

    December 25th, 2012

    This is all intended. Race, income, religion, and politics; it’s all meant to divide.

    Because, divided we fall.

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  9. OpenTheDoor

    December 25th, 2012

    Hockey and Classical music, in need of “diversity”.
    The NBA? Meh, not so much.
    The ASO feels guilty so they pass that guilt along.
    “Fair” is a one way skreet.

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  10. Diann

    December 25th, 2012

    Hey, ASO, you’d probably be better served by having the white choir sing with you. White folks tend not to be melodic show-offs and vocal masterbators. It is probably safe to say they will end the song about the same time the orchestra does. A more “diverse” choir may still be singing long after you guys have cleared your spit valves, packed up your instruments and headed home for a nice hot toddy and a bubble bath.

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  11. Gabby McJohnson

    December 25th, 2012

    Hey! The chorus are nig…
    [Clock bell chimes]

    What did he say?

    He said the chorus are near.

    No, gone blame it dang blammit! The chorus are nig…
    [Clock bell chimes again]

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  12. Tim

    December 25th, 2012

    I don’t know where they play, but I wouldn’t let my kids go into downtown Atlanta at night, anyway.

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  13. Typical white person

    December 25th, 2012

    Wouldn’t that make this a ” token choir”? Are they ” Uncle Toms”? Can we call them “House N@@@@@s”
    Imagine how they would (or at least should) feel if they knew they were only there because of their color?

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  14. Mz BallBreaker

    December 26th, 2012

    Atlanta is the problem….. what is the current ratio of Blacks to all aothers? 70% or higher… They just meme the O….

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  15. Mz BallBreaker

    December 26th, 2012

    @Diann……totally agree with your comments. The Black choirs will warble individually, do their vocal histrionics individually, and basically sound like a thousand Etta Jameses creating cacophony…. all in a vain glorious attempt to one-up their peers…..

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