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…