Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo: Racist Nursery Rhymes You Didn’t Know You Were Learning

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Pick A Bowl of Cherries

When we were young, my cousins and I would “jump down, turn around, pick a bowl of cherries.” But the original lyrics to this children’s song was “jump down turn around pick a bale of cotton.”

Some people still sing the cotton version. But whatever lyrics you use, you should know that this is what people call an old “work song (really slave song)” about plantation life.

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