Nothing screams racism more than singing the praises of a brisk winter’s evening ride. Even if it’s just a one-horse powered ride.
Well, according to Boston University professor Kayna Hamill it does.
When not busy jacking-up the college debt of parents stupid enough to pay for their kid to major in Theatrical History, Hamill fancies herself as quite the academic. As stated on her personal website, she’s the “Assistant Director of Boston University’s Core Curriculum and a Senior Lecturer in dramatic literature in BU’s School of Theatre.”
As reported by Breitbart.com;
A professor at Boston University has proclaimed Christmas carol favorite “Jingle Bells” to be a “racist song” and is urging people to shun the jaunty tune.
Kyna Hamill, a theater history professor at Boston University, recently told the Boston Globe that the venerable Christmas song has a “secret” racist past that has been “systematically” hidden from Americans as they celebrate the Christmas season.
“The history of the song has remained hidden behind its local and season affection,” Hamill told the paper. She continued saying the song’s “blackface and racist origins have been subtly and systematically removed from its history.”
Hamill claims the song, written 160 years ago by James Pierpont, was written to ridicule black people and was first performed in a blackface minstrel hall in Boston in 1857.
Hamill also points out that the song’s author later joined the Confederate army and wrote fight songs and patriotic airs for the nascent Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
With her research in hand, the professor is urging the town of Medford, Massachusetts to drop its annual celebration that Pierpont wrote “Jingle Bells” in their town and forever shun the “racist” song going forward.
Delving even further into the controversy, it turns out the is a bit of a North vs. South feud as to which city can claim “Jingle Bells” as their own.
According to the Boston Globe, it’s Medford, Massachusetts going at it with Savannah, Georgia.
In spite of Hamill’s claim of “Jingle Bells” being a racist song written by a Southerner, it turns out that a Yankee mayor is Pierpont’s staunchest defender;
Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke said she was aware of Hamill’s research, but stuck to the claim that it was written in the tavern.
“We take full ownership of it,” Burke said. “It’s got a long history, and we’re proud of it.”
Just so you know, graduates armed with a Theater History major can count on over double the chance of the national average of end up working in retail.
And the pay stinks. The median annual income is slightly double that of the Federal Poverty Level, a paltry $26,000.
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