At Red Oak Community School, the Egrets, grade 3 – 5, were learning the History of Protest Music. When most people think of protest songs, they usually think of songs that say “no” and highlight areas of human interaction that are not positive. I believe that sometimes the best protest songs are actually songs that emphasize “yes” by singing about positive human interactions and habits.
Here are two songs from China, in honor of Lunar New Year, about making friends and having fun. A great way to protest xenophobia and racism is to intentionally make friends with someone who is from a different background than I am and might look different than me, or someone who is just different than me though they might look similar to me.
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