July 25, 2013
Northwestern U. Student Jeopardizes Degree by Refusing to Perform Whitman
Walt Whitman, the acclaimed "poet of democracy," made several racist statements toward the end of his life. He called black people "baboons" and "wild brutes," said America is "for the whites," and predicted that in the competition for racial survival, "The nigger, like the Injun, will be eliminated."
It was statements like those that led a black graduate student at Northwestern University to protest a requirement of his chorale course that he perform Howard Hanson's "Song of