School Cancels 'Y.M.C.A.' Song Because of Racism Claim By Mom

The Village People, who made the tune “Y.M.C.A." popular in the late 1970s, have often been accused of promoting disco and homosexuality, but not racism.

The Bennett Elementary School in Fargo, N.D., recently canceled a performance of “Y.M.C.A." by a first-grade class because one parent felt the costumes would be racist.

The kids' teacher asked the kids' parents to dress them up like the Village People, which included: a policeman, cowboy, biker, construction worker and Native American, noted UPI.

However, mom Elaine Bolman claimed that having a child dress like a Native American (as in the Village People) would be offensive.

“I'm not in a position to do anything for these educators, and hopefully those people that are can make the right choices so all students of any culture and race won't feel singled out or like their race is being stereotyped against,” Bolman told Inforum.com.

Bolman did not mention that Felipe Rose, the Native American in the Village People, is actually Native American and has been nominated for several Native American Music Awards.

Additionally, the Village People have raised money for the Native American College Fund and Rose donated the gold record for "Y.M.C.A." to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

Sources: UPI, Inforum.com, Wikipedia


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