The Music Of Hypocrisy

I’ve always wondered, which malady is worse, progressivism or Alzheimer’s? Both are no walk in the park. With Alzheimer’s your brain cells die and you forget stuff, with progressivism (no assumptions are made about even having brain cells) your veracity is impaired, you think the rules don’t apply to you, and you are easily manipulated. Both hamper critical thinking skills, but at least with Alzheimer’s they are working on a cure for that.

The latest moonbattery comes out of Atlanta, music that you can’t even dance to:

Here is a typical example of unmasked progressivity running amok. In Atlanta Georgia the symphony orchestra has decided not to allow the previous high schools choruses to perform with them because they are not “racially diverse enough” to warrant participation. Apparently that means they are demographically “too white”.
However, in the strangest, well, not really strange – more like typical, fashion the Symphony itself refuses to self-describe their own diversity. So, after reading this article, well, actually after reading the comment from the “Director of Communications“, I just had to go look at the ethnic makeup of the Symphony itself.
Subsequently a review of the entire orchestra make up, including conductors, shows they have one, yes one, black person (Brass Section – Stephen Wilson). Yup, as expected, the hypocritical slips of the pontificating musical progs are showing.

Doing the right thing…………for the wrong reason. Allowing other schools to participate in the program, nothing wrong with that, these 2 schools should not have a lock on performing the concerts, unless there is some competition run ahead of time and they won the competition fair and square. But it sounds like the collaboration concerts are “by request” so giving other schools a bite at the apple seems appropriate. So just pick a school and allow them to participate but don’t go all PC and insult everyone with some lame yardstick of diversity.

A 2008 study by the League of American Orchestras found that 87% of musicians in U.S. symphonies are white.

Physician, heal thyself

Atlanta is 54% black and 38% white, one brother in a brass section is all they could find?

As with most {all?}city run symphony’s, public funding is needed for their virtual existence, and Atlanta is struggling with debt, a symphony that was more aligned with the city’s demographics might fill more seats. Yes, I know that the most qualified/best musicians available should get the job, but I find it hard to believe that both masters (quality and diversity) can not be served in this instance.

But thanks for giving us yet one more example of waggy fingered progs not eating their own cooking.

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  1. CM

    I’ve always wondered, which malady is worse, progressivism or Alzheimer’s?

    Wow, I assume nobody in your family or within your circle of friends has suffered from Alzheimers then…..?

    But thanks for giving us yet one more example of waggy fingered progs not eating their own cooking.

    I’m not seeing how this is hypocrisy. Membership of the orchestra, as you say, is very likely to be based entirely on merit. But which schools they invite to perform is surely entirely up to them, and whatever criteria they choose?

    Weird that the author says at the start “the symphony orchestra has decided not to allow the previous high schools choruses to perform with them”, but then contradicts this by acknowledging later on that they “were still welcome to participate” (but because of limited space, they wouldn’t all fit, so the schools decided to sit it out entirely).

    Apparently the schools were informed of this 2 years ago. The schools were apparently understanding at the time.

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  2. richtaylor365 *

    Wow, I assume nobody in your family or within your circle of friends has suffered from Alzheimers then…..?

    I have an aunt that has Alzheimer, but thanks for asking, I’ll tell her you said HI.

    I’m not seeing how this is hypocrisy.

    I’m not surprised. From your link:

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President Stanley Romanstein argues that it’s one of the goals of the organization to “reflect the diversity of Atlanta,” adding that he is surprised at the outcry.

    Yet, they can’t meet that same goal with their own symphony? No hypocrisy there.

    . Membership of the orchestra, as you say, is very likely to be based entirely on merit. But which schools they invite to perform is surely entirely up to them, and whatever criteria they choose?

    And yet they use a criteria (racial diversity) to choose which high schools get to perform with them which they themselves neglect, no hypocrisy there.

    It would be like them requiring any group to play with them to be musically inclined, yet none of them could read a single musical note themselves.

    There are times that your comments just leave me goobsmacked.

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  3. CM

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  4. richtaylor365 *

    I’m sure she’d be thrilled to have her condition denigrated in such a way. It’s a horrible horrible disease. You’re better than that.

    No denigration at all, I was using a little creative license, but you already knew that and still wanted to run with it, I was just blocking traffic for you.

    I assume they want the best performers in their orchestra (irrespective of colour), but in performing for this one concert they also want to take steps to reflect where they are.

    So they value racial diversity and adhere to a noble goal as an organization to ”reflect the diversity of Atlanta”yet can only manage to live up to that promise one concert a year, how funny. It’s like saying ,”Yes, I value the sanctity of life, so one day out of the year I will not commit murder”. Keep digging.

    Contrary to who the author of your piece tries to sell this (as do other authors in similar pieces), they haven’t even excluded those two schools.

    Yes, they have, the entire chorus has been excluded, did you even read your own link?

    ATLANTA SYMPHONY REJECTS TWO HIGH SCHOOL CHORUSES BECAUSE THEY‘RE NOT ’RACIALLY DIVERSE ENOUGH’

    they get to select their own criteria for whatever reason they like.

    Of course, already admitted in the post but here is the deal, when they squawk about what is important to them and that the goal of the symphony is to ”reflect the diversity of Atlanta”, you would think they would put their money where their mouths are and stay consistent with that theme. Yet they themselves can not adhere to their own goal of diversity.

    and were reportedly understanding of the situation (two years ago).

    Hardly understanding, hence the jackpot the symphony got themselves in.

    adding that he is surprised at the outcry.

    We just don’t know.

    What we do know is that they are hypocrites for stating that the goal of the organization is to ”reflect the diversity of Atlanta”, but with a black population of 58% they managed to hire only one black guy in the brass section.

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  6. Seattle Outcast

    Wow, I assume nobody in your family or within your circle of friends has suffered from Alzheimers then…..?

    The problem is that they are so similar: decreased cognitive ability, living in the past, delusional, inability to make rational choices, loss of grey matter…..

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  7. richtaylor365 *

    Look I really don’t feel strongly enough about this for it to turn into a big shitty unpleasant exchange.

    Ditto, and what will cause a screeching halt to any exchange is your clear lack of reading comprehension skills. Yes, the ENTIRE choruses of these two schools are being excluded, too bad you can’t understand that. Grabbing a black, an Asian, and a Latino from the group then having them represent the school is not the same thing as allowing (inviting) the entire school chorus, that fact is obvious to everyone here but you.

    I just don’t see it as a big deal.

    Neither do I, that is why in my last sentence I said ,”Yet one more example”. This is their MO, grab some high ideal (racial diversity) and pin it on your sleeve waving it around so everyone can admire you for it, then use it as a cudgel to wack others with it, all the while you can’t live up to it yourself, totally hypocritical.

    What the orchestra hiring policy is and whether they actively seek ‘racial diversity’ themselves

    They obviously don’t otherwise they would be more racially diverse themselves. They just talk the talk but can’t walk the walk.

    Have they even had any black people apply recently? Have there even been any openings? I’m sure you and others would make a huge deal out of it if a white person was forced out to make way for a black person, in the interests of ‘racial diversity’. Is that what they have to do, now they’ve made an issue of ‘racial diversity’?

    I’m sure that’s it. In a large metropolitan city where blacks make up 58% of the population only white folks have put in for musician jobs at the symphony, you run with that. The ASO has 100 musicians employed, but has one single black guy in the brass section. Maybe scrapping their ideal of racial diversity is wise, since they can’t be bothered to live up to it, how about ,”The only 100% vegan orchestra in America”?

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