Posts Tagged ‘Fireworks’

WETA’s “D.C. Fireworks Extravaganza”: Still With Minstrel Songs!

This year, as it does every year, WETA will air a program called "D.C. Fireworks Extravaganza" following its live broadcast of the "Capitol Fourth" concert. Fireworks! Who doesn't want more of them? Unfortunately, WETA's canned footage is soundtracked by some familiar American tunes that are closely tied to the country's history of racism—not exactly the [...]

WETA’s “Fireworks Extravaganza,” as Usual, Includes Three Minstrel Songs

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1992
Last week, I spoke with two vice presidents of WETA about the public television station's annual "D.C. Fireworks Extravaganza" program—and why the archival footage, shot in 1992 on the National Mall, includes two minstrel-show songs: "Dixie," now considered an American standard, and "Old Black Joe."
They told me they receive [...]