College professor says “Jingle Bells” is racist

As a group of people who promote “inclusiveness” and “diversity” and doing whatever the heck it is you want to do just so long as it feels good, it just seems odd to me (Michele Hickford) that liberals are so good at taking the fun out of EVERYthing.

They’ve managed to ruin the pleasure of watching football.

You can’t dress up for Halloween anymore without offending someone.

Oh, did you see the story about the liberal reporter who thought it was anti-Semitic of some guy to wear a “bacon suit” to watch a football game? You’d think she’d have thrown in Islamophobic as well. Turns out the guy’s last name is Bakan, pronounced “bacon” and he always wears his suit to home games. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.

And now, at the jolliest time of the year, companies can’t have “Christmas” parties anymore (and frankly, it’s probably a good idea, since apparently bosses can’t keep their mitts off their female employees).

Heck, it’s probably not politically correct for Santa to say “ho, ho, ho” in certain circles, right?

Well, here’s comes the next absurdity.

A college professor (of course) in Boston (naturally) now says the heretofore innocuous song “Jingle Bells” has “racist overtones.”

Yes, seriously.

Per Fox News, A Boston University theater professor claims the Christmas carol has a “problematic history” because it was originally performed to make fun of African Americans.

“The legacy of ‘Jingle Bells’ is one where its blackface and racist origins have been subtly and systematically removed from its history,” Kyna Hamill, a BU theater historian, wrote in her “Theatre Survey” research paper on the story of “Jingle Bells.”

“Although ‘One Horse Open Sleigh,’ for most of its singers and listeners, may have eluded its racialized past and taken its place in the seemingly unproblematic romanticization of a normal ‘white’ Christmas, attention to the circumstances of its performance history enables reflection on its problematic role in the construction of blackness and whiteness in the United States,” she wrote.


Hamill started researching the history of the famous Christmas carol after a so-called “Jingle Bells War” – a dispute between two towns, Medford, Mass. and Savannah, Ga. – that claim to be the birthplace of the song written by James Pierpont.

“Its origins emerged from the economic needs of a perpetually unsuccessful man, the racial politics of antebellum Boston, the city’s climate, and the intertheatrical repertoire of commercial blackface performers moving between Boston and New York,” Hamill wrote.

The traces of blackface minstrel origins can be found in the music and lyrics, as well as the “elements of ‘male display,’ boasting, and the unbridled behavior of the male body onstage,” the author wrote.

The song’s lyrics, which Hamill adds “display no real originality,” and reference things like “Miss Fanny Bright” and “dashing through the snow” connect the song to blackface dandy, according to the research paper.

“Words such as ‘thro,’ ‘tho’t,’ and ‘upsot’ suggest a racialized performance that attempted to sound ‘southern’ to a northern audience,” Hamill wrote.


Naturally the twitterverse had other thoughts.

How exactly does “dashing through the snow” sound like “blackface dandy?” Look, it’s also absurd, but at least it’s obvious why someone would want to pick on “White Christmas” as a racist idea.

And explain to me why these brands have never been attacked?

But while we’re on the subject of absurdity, I’m waiting for liberals to push for elimination of these phrases from our lexicon:

Little white lies
Black sheep
Blackeye peas
Chocolate milk
Black Friday
Black coffee
Brown sugar
Black mark
White bread
Black magic
Black cherries
White meat

Please let me know if I’ve left any out…I’m quite certain there are more. But in the meantime, I’m going to go eat some white chocolate.

[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]

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