You Make a Difference! Our mission and operations are funded entirely by Patriots like you! Please support the 2023 Year-End Campaign now.

February 29, 2020

White Choir Sings Black Spirituals and All Hell Breaks Loose

Should white people sing black spirituals? Western Michigan University is grappling with that question after a black student was triggered and suffered a social-media meltdown when a predominantly white choir sang “Wade in the Water.”

Should white people sing black spirituals?

Western Michigan University is grappling with that question after a black student was triggered and suffered a social-media meltdown when a predominantly white choir sang "Wade in the Water.“

"So apparently Western Michigan University thinks it’s ok for WHITE peoples to sing negro spirituals while the instructor talking bout ‘these songs don’t belong to one race.’ They sure as hell DO,” WMU music major Shaylee Faught wrote on a social-media post now seen by more than one million people.

Faught got triggered after the choir’s black conductor reportedly told the audience that the selections were “American songs” performed “for everyone” and “have no ethnicity.”

The performance, “Spirituals: From Ship to Shore,” included songs like “Go Down, Moses” and Wade in the Water.“

Well, faster than you could say "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” nearly the entire campus suffered a meltdown.

“We as a collective are appalling that this took place on our campus,” the Black Student Union wrote in a statement. “This act is a further example and reflection of the racial insensitivity and ignorance that has been allowed to occur on Western Michigan’s campus.”

The BSU called for “racial re-education on sensitivity training and cultural competence.”

I have no idea what that means but it sounds like one of Bernie Sanders’s gulags.

University leaders released a statement to WKZO expressing their grave concerns over the matter.

“This student’s perspective is real and it is important,” they wrote. “It is one among many different perspectives.”

John Wesley Wright, who is a renowned conductor and professor, told the Western Herald that he has no idea why the student got triggered and he has no reason to apologize.

“I just got off the phone with the bass from ‘Sweet Honey in The Rock’ (an African-American a cappella ensemble) and her first question was has anyone looked into the mental health of the people who made those comments?” he told the newspaper.

The professor’s comment set off the Western Student Association, which condemned the “insidious nature of cultural appropriation.”

“When the director is more concerned with investigating the mental health of a student rather than empathetically responding to concerns of students, it further illustrates that student’s voices do not matter,” they wrote in a statement to the newspaper. “We do not and will not tolerate these inappropriate responses.”

The snowflakes who run the Black Student Union demanded an apology from the School of Music.

“To decrease the likelihood of events like this happening in the future, we demand that whatever culture, race, or ethnicity is being represented must be consulted before the show," the BSU wrote.

In other words, the choir may want to take a pass on that spring concert medley featuring the works of Dr. Dre and Lil Nasty.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service to our uniformed service members and veterans, are proud to support and promote the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, both the Honoring the Sacrifice and Warrior Freedom Service Dogs aiding wounded veterans, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, the Folds of Honor outreach, and Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, and Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

Please join us in prayer for our nation — that righteous leaders would rise and prevail and we would be united as Americans. Pray also for the protection of our Military Patriots, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. Please lift up your Patriot team and our mission to support and defend our Republic's Founding Principle of Liberty, that the fires of freedom would be ignited in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2023 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.