I’ve actually been planning to blog this for a while, but I got lazy and tucked it into a folder on my computer. Last week’s episode of Mad Men has inspired me to get it together though. If you saw the episode, you probably know what this is all about. The blackface. The throwback to the “good old days” when it was just hilarious (and not at all inappropriate) to mock the darkies. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about the scene from the show. It was kind of long and awkward, but perhaps that was the point. Anyway, it’s not like the writers of the show just pulled that out of thin air. I bet they didn’t have the song written for the show. As with racist advertising (and as malevolent as), there is a plethora of good ole “racist” music out there. Wanna see some?
Ernest Hogan was a black man. Here are his lyrics:
“All coons look alike to me, I’ve got another beau you see, and he’s just as good to me as you, nig!”
“Coon! Coon! Coon! I wish my color would fade. Coon! Coon! Coon! I’d like a different shade. Coon! Coon! Coon! Morning, night, and noon, I wish I was a white man ‘stead of a Coon! Coon! Coon!”
No lyrics for these two, I believe:
Many of today’s rappers and their songs are basically the modern version of what’s discussed here.