segregation/integration in the NYC jazz scene

Gerald Cohen gcohen at UMR.EDU
Thu Jan 11 21:28:26 UTC 2001

    I hope it's not caviling to point out the very interesting way
that Benny Goodman skirted the absurd segregation rules of his time.
This reminds me of an observation made by someone (Harry Golden, I
believe) in the 1950s. He pointed out that the only time Southern
whites objected to being together with blacks was when they had to
sit down together ( e.g., buses, restaurants, bathrooms).  His novel
suggestion: Have a restaurant where no one sits down. Some (many?)
restaurants were in fact tried along this line, and to everyone's
pleasant surprise, there was no objection to the integration.

     This should all be grist for the mill of psychologists and sociologists.
But I'm aware this is off-topic for a linguistic discussion, and so
my next message (whatever it is) will be back on track.

---Gerald Cohen

>  So I'd recommend we cavil less and recognize the overall
>contribution of the show,as when Wynton Marsalis movingly discussed
>the race issue the other

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