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Boston University professor: ‘Jingle Bells’ is racist

It’s that time of year, and what would we do without progressive academics being Debbie Downers during all the holiday cheer?

Take Boston University’s theater professor Kyna Hamill, who says the timeless Christmas tune “Jingle Bells” has a “problematic history” because it was “originally performed to make fun of African Americans.”

“The legacy of ‘Jingle Bells’ is one where its blackface and racist origins have been subtly and systematically removed from its history,” Hamill told Fox News.

The professor wrote a research paper titled “’The story I must tell’: ‘Jingle Bells’ in the Minstrel Repertoire” in which she says

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.

Hamill notes the first documented performance of “Jingle Bells” was done “in a blackface minstrel hall in Boston in 1857, the same year it was copyrighted.”

From the story:

[The song’s] 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.

“Words such as ‘thro,’ ‘tho’t,’ and ‘upsot’ suggest a racialized performance that attempted to sound ‘southern’ to a northern audience,” Hamill wrote.

The professor added that her paper has been available now for two years and “has nothing to do with Christmas.”

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  • Jimmy__Russell

    Some old SJW cat-lady says Jingle Bells is racist, gets a pat on the head for virtue-signalling some horse$h1t.
    Good for one quarter of a kek.

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  • Wm Layer

    The prof is all set for a padded cell.

  • Diana Jovan

    I like jingle bells even better now that i know the nutjobs are against it.

  • Kristina

    *** Is anyone else sick of this Media & subversive-Left sponsored hazing of our wonderful nation and it’s history?

  • Jim Steele

    Of course she is a white socialist liberal.

  • The Scotsman

    It is scientifically impossible to quantify the stupidity of progressives — and we trust them with our children?

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  • Kent Harris

    OMG I would be called a sodomite for wanting to stick a Christmas tree up her caboose.

  • ter1957

    I think you’re crazy..

  • dennis richardson

    When people see the opportunity to what they can get from some one without earning it, racism is the accusation that they make to receive such unjust and even criminal compensation. God Himself can also be a racist if no matter when in the past that the event happened. A sovereign righteous God is also unacceptable to the mind that sees racism in all actions of others. The welfare state does enslave, when enslavement happens it is someone elses fault for the choices that even that very person demanded to receive that eventually enslaved them. Blame others for your own actions.

  • Joe

    Blacks like her are a problem for society in general. All they want to do is tear down anything and everything that has anything to do with white America.They LOVE thinking they found something from 1840 or whenever that is “racist”. Their problem is they don’t want to co-exist in today’s America. These “modern’ blacks want to just attack all the time, non stop. That will never win friends and influence people.

  • PAUL K

    This just makes me love this song even more. I say, lets make it the national song for the month of December every year. We have some really, really silly people in this country that apparently have absolutely nothing to do and are stupid as shtttteee!!~!

  • larry martin

    Let me see: ‘Jingle Bells’, yep, racist. ‘One horse open sleigh’, yep, racist. ‘Jingle all the way’, yep, racist. I don’t know how I could have possibly missed them before.
    Whoever hired this moron should be fired. Unless, of course, everything created in the theater before 1866 is considered racist.

  • mrmodee

    This woman took time out of her life to write a paper on something as ridiculous as this? She has waaaaayyyyy too much time on her hands. What drivel that passes as scholarship in the bubble of academia.

    • Reporter ✓ᴰᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

      Your tax dollars at work, don’t you know. Which is where most off of this, hate America and hate White People comes from. The Godless being paid with taxpayer money at Tax Feeder institutions. She hasn’t too much time on her hands as the USA has way, way too many loony parasites feeding off the taxpayers.

    • Bigearsbarry

      That anyone would actually accept this a serious work is what I find scary.

    • Tatiana Covington

      Next thing you know, she’ll demand that all SJWs learn Klingon.

      • Nah – the Klingons are way too patriarchal for SJWs. Maybe Vulcan . . .

        • Ashley Martin

          Vulcans are descended from Romulan SJW’s. it all makes perfect sense now…

  • Reporter ✓ᴰᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    White Christmas is next, then Jingle Bell Rock because a White person sang it. Then the prize of all prizes, Christmas will be racist because too many Whites believe in the Christian God and Jesus was White. Bet me right here and now, Prof. Hamill did this racist attack on White People while being paid on the job, and very likely taxpayer money was involved.

  • Donald Leonard

    And the loons in higher education wonder why they are held in lower regard year after year. They are so open-minded that their brains have fallen out!

  • Terrence Lorelei

    Only a fool would attempt to project 19th and early 20th century black-faced minstrel entertainment into current times, and start screeching “Racism!” There is another goofy professor at another northeastern university – Pitt – who is leading the effort to eradicate all evidence of local songwriter Stephen Foster (“Camptown Races”, “Old Folks at Home”, etc.) because he was a white man who wrote “black music”. That campus has a small Gothic building – the Stephen Foster Memorial – dedicated to the songwriter, and also a statue of him on a plaza outside of the campus library. Naturally, the hate-mongers want to rename the memorial, and tear down the statue.

  • SmartPeopleMatter

    “theater professor”

  • Bigearsbarry

    In case you wanted to know:

    Dashing through the snow
    In a one horse open sleigh
    O’er the fields we go
    Laughing all the way

    Bells on bob tails ring
    Making spirits bright
    What fun it is to laugh and sing
    A sleighing song tonight

    Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh

    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh

    A day or two ago
    I thought I’d take a ride
    And soon Miss Fanny Bright
    Was seated by my side

    The horse was lean and lank
    Misfortune seemed his lot
    We got into a drifted bank
    And then we got upset

    Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh

    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh, yeah

    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh

    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh

    • Mr.H

      Hmmm, I cant see anything wrong with this song. I had to lookup what “Bells on Bob tails ring” meant. After reading this stupid article and researching the lyrics I feel mentally neutral.

    • You left out verses 3 and 4.

      [Verse 3]
      A day or two ago
      The story I must tell
      I went out on the snow
      And on my back I fell
      A gent was riding by
      In a one-horse open sleigh
      He laughed as there I sprawling lie
      But quickly drove away

      [Verse 4]
      Now the ground is white
      Go it while you’re young
      Take the girls tonight
      And sing this sleighing song
      Just get a bobtailed bay
      Two forty as his speed
      Hitch him to an open sleigh
      And crack, you’ll take the lead

      I’ve never understood why this is considered a Christmas song. There’s not a word about Christmas, Jesus, Santa, or anything else related to Christmas.

  • Ryan L

    You don’t have to be Jean Dixon to predict this story is from another brain dead woman.

  • mike connor

    Seriously. If a liberal opens his/her mouth in your vicinity, just hit them in the face with a 2×4 as hard as you can.

  • jhpoland

    Yes the HIDDEN racial components have not caught up to the song because THEY NEVER EXISTED! If it was written by a Free Black Slave someone like this would say it was an Uncle Tom Song !

  • J. Shouts

    They use their race card on something like this, then forget the history that the Democrat Party the Party of slavery. Until they scrub it, nothing else matters. They still hate Blacks. Watch one become a conservative and they call that person and Uncle Tom. They remind them they’re not black enough, So, they’re efforts to purge our history falls on deaf ears until they purge the Dems from their lives.

  • garyfouse

    And who is “the male body”-Frosty the Snowman?

  • WereTurtle

    No doubt, this professor believes that snow is racist. It must be a miserable existance to see racism in absolutely everything under the blue sky (The blue sky is also likely a symbol of white nationalism too)

  • TheWanderingJewels

    in celebration of annoying the overwrought