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  •  I found a program not long ago for a show my (6+ / 0-)

    dad was in...a Minstrel Show.
    Believe it or not, mistrel shows were popular back then. Folks would dress up, put on black face, and sing songs that I doubt few black people ever sang.
    Even into the 70's, minstrel shows were still around. I remember an episode of All In The Family where Gloria goes to the hospital to have her baby and Archie has to come straight from the theater still in black face.
    Then there's the classic, "Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe..." which ended (when I was 5 or so, back in the early 60's) "catch a nigger by the toe."
    We didn't think much of these things when we were kids. We grew up in white suburbia. there were no black folks in my town - the only minorities I was subject to were those in Boston when we went to visit my grandmother. I even had to ask my mother (re the rhyme) "mommy, what's a nigger?"
    I turned out fine. I'm not the least bit racist. And most of those who participated in the ignorance of the day turned out fine too. It's because we learned. It's because we had the ability to think.
    Sadly, there are some parts of this country who thought there was nothing wrong with all that racism. Minstrel shows were just "fun". Sadly, they never "got it."

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

    by MA Liberal on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:15:03 AM PST

    •  Hmm. I learned it as "catch a tiger". n/t (0+ / 0-)

      The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

      by Panurge on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 03:10:16 PM PST

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      •  Well, tiger is how it changed (0+ / 0-)

        although monkey was also used. I'm talking very late 50's or early 60's ( I was born in 1955). And for the life of me, I don't know how it came to be that the N word was used. it might have been from one kid. It might have been how everyone did it. All I know is that my mom as appalled (as was I when I learned what the word meant).

        Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

        by MA Liberal on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:31:40 AM PST

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