Nine nursery rhymes you probably didn’t realize were racist

Mildred Europa Taylor January 18, 2020
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If you are still thinking that nursery rhymes are safe enough material for your children, then it’s high time you came again.

Most of these children’s songs may sound humorous and less offensive at first listen, but a careful study of these songs will tell you more.

The lyrics reveal some painful racist or stereotypical materials from the past that many would love to forget. Most were used in minstrel or blackface performances in the past.

Even though there are sanitized versions of some of these songs, this piece is to tell you the racist histories behind them:

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: January 18, 2020


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