Jigaboo, etc.

Following the Oscars, a local news anchor groused on air that it was difficult to hear Lady Gaga’s voice “over all of that jigaboo music,” and then tweeted a faux apology, explaining that she did not know the meaning of the word.

As a public service I recommend to all news readers James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot’s song, “Colored Spade,” which they wrote for their musical, Hair.  You can listen to the song here.

I’m a colored, spade
A nigger, a black nigger
A jungle bunny, Jigaboo, coon
Pickaninny, Mau Mau

Uncle Tom, Aunt Jemima
Little Black Sambo

Cotton pickin’
Swamp guinea
Junk man
Shoeshine boy

Elevator operator
Table cleaners at Horn and Hardart
Slave, voodoo, zombie
A baggie lip

Flat nose, tap dancin’
Resident of Harlem

And president of
The United States of Love
I said President of
The United States of Love

Shiiiiiittt.  You ask me to dinner

You’re gonna feed it

Watermelon, hominy grits
An’ shortnin’ bread
Alligator ribs, some pig tails
Some black eyed peas
Some chili

Some collard greens

And if you don’t watch out
This boogie man will get you
Boo, yeah!  Boo!

So you say.

@WilHMoo

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About Will H. Moore

I am a political science professor who also contributes to Political Violence @ a Glance and sometimes to Mobilizing Ideas . Twitter: @WilHMoo
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