October 28, 2013
What My Students Have Taught Me About Race
Eva Vazquez for the Chronicle
In 1968, Harry Belafonte and the British pop singer Petula Clark made broadcast history by singing an antiwar song called "On the Path of Glory." Controversy ensued when the blond, Anglo-Saxon beauty touched Belafonte's arm. It was thought to be the first tender touch exchanged between a white woman and black man on television.
I showed the clip to students in my "Race and Ethnic Relations" class, wondering what their reaction would be. No