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The Dutch are slowly recognizing that their blackface tradition of Zwarte Piet is racist and weird
Discussion in 'Black People Open Forum' started by Clyde C Coger Jr, Oct 2, 2016
Boston University professor claims Jingle Bells is RACIST because it was 'first performed in blackface and made fun of African-Americans'
Boston University theater professor Kyna Hamill made startling claim in paper
World-famous Christmas carol was composed in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont
Hamill asserts first performance of Jingle Bells was done in blackface
Urges reflection on song's 'problematic role in the construction of blackness'
... In the course of her research, Hamill discovered a playbill indicating that Jingle Bells was first performed under the title One Horse Open Sleigh in blackface, for a minstrel show at Ordway Hall on Boston's Washington Street in 1857 ...
By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:25 EST, 16 December 2017
Kyna Hamill, a BU theater historian, says Jingle Bells has racist roots
The claim has shocked fans of one of the world's most famous Christmas carols, long considered innocuous and inoffensive. Pictured: A family sings on Christmas Day 1937
The classic Christmas carol was first published in 1857. Hamill believes it was first performed under the title One Horse Open Sleigh in blackface, for a minstrel show in Boston
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5186289/Jingle-Bells-RACIST-claims-Boston-University-professor.html#ixzz51YR2tE1J
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