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

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The Ice Cream Song

You know the song that the ice cream man plays to tell you he’s coming? Did you know that the lyrics to that song are “Nigger Love A Watermelon Ha! Ha! Ha!?”

This song was originally used in a minstrel show about a free black man “attempting to conform to white high society by dressing in fine clothes and using big words.” Then in 1916, the “Nigger Love A Watermelon” lyrics were added and it became a folk song so popular that ice cream trucks still play it today.

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