Acka-backa, soda cracker

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Jan 29 13:14:50 UTC 2005

I grew up in what has long been a very liberal area of New York. Back in the fifties, they were Dems and "liberal Republicans" (yes, there once were such things: fiscally conservative, cautiously liberal on most social issues, tough but not apocalyptic on the Commies, strong on Civil Rights - which in those days often included the now sexist and forbidden word "brotherhood.")

Maybe that's why I cannot recall ever hearing a kids' rhyme of any kind with the "N" word or any other ethnic slur.  Even today I read examples of proto-racist kidlore here and elsewhere with a feeling of what I can only describe as "weirdness."  The racial allusions seem somehow obsessive, or something.

Must just be me.  Carry on.


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