Most of Terence L. Day’s “His View” column of July 1 is, at the very best, insensitive.
And I do not know that anything is gained from trying to compare Kate Smith with the great Paul Robeson. But I do know that reading the lyrics Mr. Day provided us from the song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” could be viscerally traumatizing to any and every African-American or African reader of the Daily News .
The song’s title is horrible enough and — apparently contrary to Mr. Day’s understanding — was as absolutely horrible in the 1930s as it is today . It would have sufficed for Mr. Day to state that this song is racist (and offensive beyond measure); I would have believed him. Repeating these lyrics is microaggression, akin to leaving in place Confederate monuments for a supposedly honorable reason, but what they really do is keep on oppressing.
And Mr. Day’s microaggression, in the final analysis, overwhelms any productive point his column could have made.