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Thread #160996   Message #3821881
Posted By: GUEST,Morris-ey
21-Nov-16 - 11:39 AM
Thread Name: Gunga Din. Racist or just of its time?
Subject: RE: Gunga Din. Racist or just of it's time?
Racism is very much a modern concept.

It is always misguided to judge what was acceptable in the past by what is considered, not by everyone, to be acceptable now.

Kipling was not racist when he wrote so cannot be racist now. Whether you choose to use his material is a personal choice.

Someone above said that hunting songs were OK for him - some might say that they are not. Burning unfaithful wives was OK in the Child ballads - now?

I try to take everything in the context in which it was written, if you did otherwise we would have very few old songs to sing.