Eeny meeny miny moe
Catch a nigger by the toe
If he hollers let him go
Eeny meeny miny moe.Counting-out rhyme, multiple origins and versions, since before 1820
It’s often the seemingly innocent things — the song, rhyme or doll — that reflect the prejudices we have learned and buried deep.
Old ideas about race suggest who is at the bottom of the pecking order. Cartoon caricatures exaggerate and ridicule. These judgements seep into our childhood.
When does a simple toy or song overstep the mark?