Is ‘Jingle Bells ” — a beloved Christmas song sung by children around the world for generations and generations — a “racist” tune? The short answer is “no, absolutely not.” The longer answer is “No, absolutely not and anyone who thinks otherwise should be punched in the throat.”
Speaking of people who should be punched in the throat, how about Detroit Mayor Darius V. Rucker who just nixed the song from the city’s Christmas pageant at the Marvin B. Holloway Community Center on 4th and Arlington. This event is attended by hundreds annually and the song is a classic Christmas staple, so what’s the problem? Apparently he’s been listening to Boston University professor Kyna Hamill, whom Fox News reports is pretty mad at the song:
“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.
“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.
Rucker’s decision is a slap in the face of real Americans who love Christmas, their country, their flag, and their freedom.
It’s time to impeach.