A liberal theater professor at world-renowned Boston University raised eyebrows after she claimed the iconic Christmas song ‘Jingle Bells’ has “racist origins” that were “systematically removed from its history.”
A Boston University professor is defending her controversial research that uncovered racist origins in the beloved Christmas song “Jingle Bells,” blaming the media for trying to “rile people up at this time of year.”
Her research found “Jingle Bells” was first performed in blackface in a minstrel show as “One Horse Open Sleigh” at Ordway Hall on Washington Street in Boston.
“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,” she 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,” Hamill added.
“As I mentioned in my article, the first documented performance of the song is in a blackface minstrel hall in Boston in 1857, the same year it was copyrighted,” Hamill told Fox News. “Much research has been done on the problematic history of this nineteenth-century entertainment.”
“Jingle Bells,” one of the most well-known Christmas carols in the world, is now being called racist.
Jingle Bells is racist, White Christmas is racist, Baby it’s Cold Outside is sexist. What the hell happend to the America ?