This week, the left's latest Christmas target is the classic song "Jingle Bells," a tune that a Boston University professor is calling "racist."
BU theater historian Kyna Hamill wrote in a new research paper that "Jingle Bells" is "rooted in racism" because it was originally performed to mock 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 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,” she continued.
Hamill claimed that the song lyrics “display no real originality" and inexplicably wrote that phrases like “Miss Fanny Bright” and “dashing through the snow” are somehow racist.
“Words such as ‘thro,’ ‘tho’t,’ and ‘upsot’ suggest a racialized performance that attempted to sound ‘Southern’ to a Northern audience,” Hamill wrote.
Can you hear the racism? No? Well, we can't either!
It seems like leftists just wake up in the morning looking for things that they can dub "racist" these days! Jingle Bells is just about the most simple and fun Christmas song that there is, yet the left has found a way to be offended by it as well. Just because Jingle Bells was written at a time when there were blackface performers, it does not mean the song itself is racist. Should every book or piece of music from before the Civil War be banned because it existed in a world where slavery was legal? No! Yet that seems to be exactly what Hamill is calling for in this article.
The left is on a mission to erase history and get rid of anything that they can relate to racism in even the loosest sense of the world. We can't let them continue to erase the history of our country that led to us being the great nation we are today. And we certainly can't let them take away Jingle Bells!