Nearly all white Atlanta Symphony Orchestra turns away high school choirs for being too white

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra recently turned down the choruses from two high schools in Cobb County, Georgia – those of Walton and Lassiter High Schools.

Cobb County Schools spokesman Jay Dillon told WSB-TV:

“This year, the schools were informed by symphony officials that their choruses are not diverse enough, and that the symphony would be inviting a third, more diverse chorus.”

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  President Stanley Romanstein told WSB-TV:

“We want the stages of the Atlanta Symphony, whether here, Verizon (Wireless Amphitheatre), or Chastain Park to reflect the diversity of Atlanta.”

What exactlhy does this “diversity of Atlanta” look like? Well, wikipedia states:

“The racial makeup and population of Atlanta was 54.0% black or African American, 38.4% white, 3.1% Asian and 0.2% Native American. Those from some other race made up 2.2% of the city’s population, while those from two or more races made up 2.0%. Hispanics of any race made up 5.2% of the city’s population.”

So, does the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra hold itself to the same standards of diversity that it insists other musical organizations hold?

Well, let’s take a look. Here’s a picture of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Click on the picture to make it larger:

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Source: http://colrebsez.blogspot.com/2012/08/diversity-for-thee-but-not-for-me.html

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August 20, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Music, Racism.

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