Save the Youth of America… “Don’t Buy Negro Records”

Saving the children is often cited as a reason for all sorts of censorship in music and culture. The image below illustrates the tenor of the war against black music in 1960. Instead of citing offensive language, or copyright violations, one New Orleans group used outright bigotry to suppress black music. The complaint below reads that “The screaming, idiotic words, and savage music of these records [negro records] are undermining the morals of our white youth in America”. Ironic that New Orleans now prides itself on being the birthday of Jazz, created of course by black musicians.

No Black Music 1960


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