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Northwestern U. Student Jeopardizes Degree by Refusing to Perform Whitman

Timothy McNair (center) sang last fall in Northwestern U.'s production of "Bastianello," an opera about marriage. When he refused to perform verses by Walt Whitman this spring, he failed his course and might lose his scholarship.
July 25, 2013 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

Walt Whitman, the acclaimed "poet of democracy," made several racist statements toward the end of his life. He called black people "baboons" and "wild brutes," said America is "for the whites," and predicted that in the competition for racial...

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