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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 [...]

Why Does WETA’s July 4 Fireworks Program Include Two Minstrel-Show Songs?

To Andrea Graham, the unofficial anthem of the Confederate States of America has no place soundtracking the Fourth of July. “They lost,” she says. “We don’t play Japan’s patriotic song.”
For years, the Potomac, Md., resident had been griping about WETA’s annual DC Fireworks Extravaganza show. Every July 4, the public television station follows its broadcast [...]