I normally use this blog to post news about Pete Seeger and the folk music movement which he spearheaded. However, there has been a great deal of negative email about Pete’s appearance at the Arava Virtual Rally – “With Earth and Each Other.” I feel that a few comments are in order.
Many of the people attacking Pete Seeger are very decent human rights activists. Do they not agree that Pete Seeger has the right to sing for whoever he wants to, anywhere in the world? Isn’t trying to restrict him from singing for a group that one doesn’t like, the same as the effects of the blacklist that he suffered under for so many years?
I’ll conclude this brief post with Pete’s own words, said on a dark day in August 1955. Pete was forced to testify before the House Unamerican Committee. During the course of the hearing, Pete uttered these very important words:
“I am proud that I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I have never refused to sing for anybody because I disagreed with their political opinion, and I am proud of the fact that my songs seem to cut across and find perhaps a unifying thing, basic humanity.”
(Substitute “People of the world” for “Americans” and you will discover what Pete is all about.)