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I did and did not find anything to support the fact that blacks hate the song at all, with the possible exception of Willie Logan.

By reading the section entitled "Controversy" you should have found  that


This song is seen by some as showing racism about black Americans for its imitation of Black English Vernacular (the song is sung from the perspective of a black man), with its original lyrics referring to "darkies" and "a-longin' for the old plantation."

Does "some" indicate more than one?  From the way it's written it most likely even includes more than African-Americans.


Actually, Governor Christ is white and, to my chagrin, I don't even know the ethnicity of Tony Hill. Three people, yes, but not three blacks and two of them were responding to Logan's demands not initiating them. That still makes only one person doing the complaining. Nothing there about blacks hating the song.

This is Tony Hill.


Black lawmakers have sought to replace the song since 1983. They say the chorus' reference to "darkies" longing to return to the plantation is offensive.
The original lyrics recall life on ''de old plantation'' and the sounds of ''de banjo strumming.'' When performed at official state functions, it is sung in standard English and one line ''Oh, darkies, how my heart grows weary'' has been changed to ''Oh, brothers, how my heart grows weary'' since 1978.
"We feel the Old Folks at Home should be retired to a museum and the history books as a significant piece of our state's past," Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville, said of the song written 156 years ago. "Florida deserves a state song that can be proud to be sung and it should promote the unity and respect for inclusion of all our state's diverse citizens."
Concerned about the racial overtones of the song, Charlie Crist was the first governor to refuse to have it played at his inauguration since lawmakers made it the state song in 1935.
Instead, Crist chose Florida's Song, a tune written by Charles Atkins, a 62-year-old blind entertainer from Tallahassee.
Crist said he agreed that the days of Swanee River were past.
"Otherwise I would have wanted it to be played at the inauguration," he said. "I think we can do better. ... Whatever the people decide is fine with me." 0.html

This is my retiring post from this and all PIP threads -- Thanks for the many years of fun, friends, and education. Namaste
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