I believe Manson was a communist wannabe and not a necessarily a racist. He went out to the desert to start his own commune not necessarily to escape a race war which turned into a failed big long extended acid trip nightmare. You will probably find Charles Manson owned several Jimi Hendrix' albums. He resented the rich and struck out at them. Though he may have voiced fears of a race war so did many Americans, blacks and whites alike at the time.
Though America was quite integrated with blacks and whites attending Woodstock peaceably together. There were many famous black artist like Diana Ross, Jimmy Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, Dion Warwick, Otis Redding and many others also topping the billboard charts along with the Beatles. Where only three of the Beatles songs from the "The Beatles" (nicknamed the White Album) album in 1968 hit the top 100 billboard charts. 01. Hey Jude, (religious overtones) 60. Lady Madonna (religious overtones) and 78. Revolution (anti war). The song revolution is mostly and seemingly about anti-communism not about a race war. Though John Lennon may have been sympathetic to the communist idea at times. Where the lyrics say people need to free their mind instead. (take more drugs)
"But when you want money
for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
all right, all right"
This is an anti war song. Why Fox news is out on a limb in drawing racist inferences to the The Beatles Album leave much to be scrutinized... The Beatles Album is more commonly known as The White Album as it has no graphics or text other than the band's name. So they words White Album do not even appear anywhere on the album and never has on any release.
The album is called "The Beatles"... But calling it the White Album in the Fox News Article lends credence to the racial element. Actually blacks were highly admired by the Beatles as they were also admired by Elvis who tried to emulate many of their rhythms and style. Even John Lennon admired the "the black beat" where in a later album John stole a line from Chuck Berry in the song "Come Together" which was, "Here come ole flat top he come groovin' up slowly". He was later sued by Chuck Berry for using the line and the case was settled out of court.
As for the song "Blackbird", that was written by Paul McCartney who was notorious for writing love and religious songs and not political songs, where John Lennon was known for writing the political songs. It is also interesting to note that John Lennon's political song were usually about peace. Even the song "Revolution" is written in second person. So the songs is actually anti-revolution. "All We Need Is Love" folks.