In March, Moraga's St. Mary's College earned the national spotlight due to its plucky, personable basketball team. Well, that was last month and this is this month: St. Mary's received a wag of the nation's finger due to a music professor being disciplined after inexplicably making a black student sing a racially charged song.
Here's the rub, though: Due to journalistic political correctness, we can't tell if Professor Louis Lebherz' decision to make senior E.J. Youngblood sing "Old Man River" was bad -- or historically bad.
Newspaper accounts refer to Lebherz ordering up the "original version" of the song. And yet, there have been many versions of "Old Man River," so it's tough to tell if they really mean the original, 1927 version. Because if Lebherz -- who had not returned messages from SF Weekly -- selected that ditty, he was selecting this:
Niggers all work on de MississippiThat's not a song I'd like to be playing on my radio while idling at a crowded intersection.
Niggers all work while de white folks play
Pullin' dose boats from de dawn to sunset
Gittin' no rest till de judgement day