As we have discussed in previous threads, I am always rather wary of "taking the moral temperature" of artists of bygone ages then condemning them; we are all apt to forget how institutionalised racism and prejudice was sadly really the norm until our current tolerance and liberalism in such matters gratefully emerged as a rather new phenomenon, even as recently as within my own lifetime.
Having said that, music and art is general have certainly had their role to play in bridge-building; one thinks of random examples such as supposed "Nazi" Karajan's visits to Moscow with the BPO or Paul Robeson's and Marian Anderson's breakthroughs internationally, so, as Paul says, there is reason for hope.
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