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Education: Singing 'Dixie' in the Schools

June 29, 1995

So Jacqueline Mangum's Alabama-based prejudice against "Dixie" forced a Santa Monica school to drop the song from the school program (Westside, June 18)? Isn't that dandy! Didn't anyone point out to the lady that this is California, and the song doesn't start riots out here?

Does this mean we have to smash and burn our old Al Jolson recordings of that number to conform to her sensibilities? Talk about the tail wagging the dog! Give our schools a break, lady. LIAM SULLIVAN Hollywood

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