Black People : Ice Cream Truck Jingle Based In Racism

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  1. Kamau47

    Kamau47 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I have to say that I try to learn something new everyday, and when I do, I feel as if the day was worthwhile. This though, brought some bitterness to my childhood memories of the ice cream truck (WARNING! If you click on the music in the link, IT IS OFFESSIVE.)

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch...am-truck-song-we-have-unpleasant-news-for-you

    Recall That Ice Cream Truck Song? We Have Unpleasant News For You

    This is the story of why our beloved ice cream truck plays blackface minstrel music that sends kids dashing into homes in a Pavlovian frenzy searching for money to buy a Popsicle.
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    Kadijah Banned MEMBER

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    The "jingle" is "Turkey in the Straw." They simply exchanged the lyrics with some racist mess.

    Oh, and that's not the tune OUR ice cream truck played, so my childhood memories remain unaffected! :lol:
     
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    Yea, I know it's Turkey in the straw, but the article does address that as well.

    "The first and natural inclination, of course, is to assume that the ice cream truck song is simply paying homage to "Turkey in the Straw," but the melody reached the nation only after it was appropriated by traveling blackface minstrel shows. There is simply no divorcing the song from the dozens of decades it was almost exclusively used for coming up with new ways to ridicule, and profit from, black people.".
     
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    Like I said, "Turkey in the Straw" was NOT played on the ice cream trucks of my youth. And what do you mean the song being "appropriated by traveling blackface minstrel shows?" Oh, and black people in blackface or white people in blackface? :huh:
     
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    Kamau47 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The quotation marks on that paragraph was taken from the article, not my words. You have to ask the writer.
    But I'm guessing that means whites in blackface.
     
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    I asked because there were blacks who played in minstrel shows in blackface. Thought maybe you knew. :)
     
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