Oh, Lord, Kumbaya

How an innocent campfire song got warped by the cynicism of our times.

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Maybe the corruption of “Kumbaya” is a sign of the rudeness at the root of the current political discourse, or it’s just proof of what happens to something in the culture—anything in the culture—that’s been around long enough.

Or maybe it’s an indication that without the personal compass we lost on the trail years ago … we can’t find that campfire anywhere.

Michael E. Ross is a West Coast journalist who blogs frequently on politics, pop culture and race matters at Culchavox; and is a periodic contributor to PopMatters. His writing has appeared in msnbc.com, The Loop, Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times.