Now the woke army is trying to cancel classical music for ‘racism’

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

The COVID-19 lockdown has been a catastrophe for the world of live arts—theatre, music, dance—but it has given some deep thinkers in these domains a lot of time to ponder the state of their industry, and to wonder what their particular genre will—or should—look like in its post-virus incarnation. Combine that circumstance with the swelling anti-racism momentum of the last few months, and you find stakeholders coming up with suggestions that are all well-intentioned, but not all of them particularly well-conceived. Chief classical-music critic of the New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, for instance, has gazed upon the “appalling racial imbalance” in orchestral ranks, and decided that it can only be corrected by taking proactive steps.