The latest descent into college absurdity are protestations about the song ‘Jingle Bells.’ The claim, made by a Kyna Hamill, a theater history professor at Boston University, claims that the song was used in minstrel shows to make fun of black people in the way they reacted when it snowed.
Hamill claims the song, written 160 years ago by James Pierpont, was written to ridicule black people and was first performed in a blackface minstrel hall in Boston in 1857.
The professor said that her study of the history of the song proved that the song was made to satirize how black people reacted to winter activities such as sleigh riding. The comedy routine was to portray blacks as “behaving foolishly, grotesquely, and incompetently” in unfamiliar situations. (Breitbart)
The fact that some minstrel shows used the song that way does not mean that the song was written to depict what Hamill claims for the song. There is nothing in the lyrics that would indicate any racist origin.
The last stanza is usually left out, not because it’s racist but because it’s thought to be “racy.”
Not too long ago some black college students wanted the 1942 Irving Berlin song “White Christmas,” the bestselling recording of all time with more than 150 million copies to its credit, banned from radio stations.
Dan Joseph “presented some college students with a petition urging radio stations to stop playing the holiday classic ‘White Christmas’ because the song only focuses on ‘White’ Christmases. This clearly makes it racially insensitive, since it completely ignores Christmases of other colors. Students were all too willing to check their privilege and take a stand against Bing Crosby’s racially charged micro-aggression.” While the petition was fake, there were enough students to take the bait and sign it.
Parents (and taxpayers like you and me) are paying big bucks for these numbskulls to get a degree (not necessarily an education).
In addition to the song “White Christmas,” there’s also a film White Christmas that stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. White Christmas had been sung by Crosby in the 1942 film Holiday Inn. The film received a 1943 Academy Award for Best Original Song.
The white, of course, is snow which is white by nature, but this didn’t matter to some blacks who booed Darius Rucker’s rendition of the Christmas classic.
Darius Rucker sang the holiday classic White Christmas at the New York Rockefeller Center for the center’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The event continued forward despite a mob of demonstrators protesting a grand jury’s decision not to indict a NYPD officer for the choking death of Eric Garner. Rucker’s performance was met with a firestorm of critics from social media who criticized the former Hootie and the Blowfish singer for covering an apparently racist song.
In a bit of irony, “The original version [of ‘White Christmas’] also hit number one on the Harlem Hit Parade for three weeks, [Bing] Crosby’s first-ever appearance on the black-oriented chart.”
One has to wonder if the race carders will go all-Orwellian on us by ridding our nation of everything white. Will they claim that blackboards were replaced with whiteboards because of “white privilege”?
This type of nonsense has a long history among some American blacks.
There’s a scene in the film Malcolm X when Malcolm Little (later to take the name Malcolm X, X standing for his unknown African heritage)1 is in prison and is introduced to the philosophy of the “Honorable Elijah Muhammad” and the Nation of Islam (N.O.I.) by a fellow prisoner named John Elton Bembry.2