My earliest recollection of a song that promotes racial harmony is the 1969 hit for Blue Mink entitled “Melting Pot”. The fact that the leading vocalists consisted of Roger Cook, a white male and black female, Madeline Bell, added to the overall message.
I actually heard this song on the radio just the other day and found myself wondering if the song may now be considered politically incorrect, in spite of the fact that the message is clearly one of harmony, with no attempt to belittle or offend any race of people. The references to “curly latin kinkies” and “yellow chinkies” would be considered unacceptable expressions in today’s tolerant and politically correct society. Note the first two verses below which place these potentially offensive references in context.
Take a pinch of white man
Wrap it up in black skin
Add a touch of blue blood
And a little bitty-bit of red indian boy
Mm, curly latin kinkies
Mixed with yellow Chinkees
If you lump it all together
Well, you’ve got a recipe for a get-along scene
Oh, what a beautiful dream
If it could only come true
The song encouraged more than just racial harmony. One verse was a call for people of all religions to come together in the great worldwide melting pot that would “turn out coffee-colored people by the score”. While religion should in reality be a force for peace in the world, perhaps more than anything else in the early years of the 21st century, it has become a real cause of division and hatred. If only religious fanatics could live by the tenet endorsed by the verse below :
Rabbis and the Friars
Bishops and the Gurus
You got the Beatles or the Sun God – it’s true
Well, it really doesn’t matter
What religion you choose
Never has there been a greater need for both racial and religious harmony. My suggestion is to re-release this superb Blue Mink song and let the world sing along.
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