We were children—compact little people—when we sang along enthusiastically to a song which predated and predicted what we now call multiculturalism:
It's a world of laughter, a world of tears
It's a world of hope and a world of fears
There's so much that we share
That it's time we're aware
It's a small, small world
Disney's “It's a Small World” was composed for an exhibit in the 1964 New York World's Fair, and was sponsored by the Pepsi-Cola Company, which recognized an expansive market when it saw one. “It's a Small World,” of course, wasn't an anthem to global tolerance so much as it was an anthem to the global marketing of U.S. goods—and U.S. foreign and economic policy. It was the domestic version of a global Disney ...