Re-blogged from innerisness.com
“…If you’re determined to keep your childhood memories intact by thinking only positive thoughts to maintain pleasant nostalgic trips, avert your eyes now.
It’s no secret that early cartoons and even Disney movies featured some of the most racist characters and exaggerated images of black people around, but when we learned that our beloved ice cream had racist roots, we knew the devil had won.
To our surprise, one of the most known tunes in the history of America, often heard blaring from ice cream trucks dotted with pictures of HyperStripes, Fudgesicles, Rocket Pops and Strawberry Shortcakes is associated with a song titled, “Nigger Love A Watermelon Ha! Ha! Ha!“
Like, come on America? Way to confirm our roots are grounded in racism. Luckily, these alternatives exist:
But with our image of the ice cream truck forever tainted, we decided to see what other childhood memories would be destroyed with a history lesson.
Take a trip down memory lane with us to find the racist roots in these other childhood staples, if you dare.
Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe:
Sorry kids, this one has nothing to do with catching a tiger by his toe. Because like really…who the hell has ever caught a tiger by the toe? According to the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, the common sing-song melody was used in almost all classrooms and playgrounds in the 1880s by children — except the word tiger was originally “nigger.”
Here, in the chorus of Bert Fitzgibbon’s 1906 song, you can see the use of the racial epithet.
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo
Catch a nigger by his toe,
If he won’t work, let him go
Many versions even had…”; Read more/original post on Author’s site.