Now ‘Jingle Bells’ Is Being Called Racist

According to one college professor, the age-old Christmas carol “Jingle Bells” is actually steeped in white supremacy.

Writing in her “Theatre Survey” research paper, Boston University theater professor Kyna Hamill explained the racist background of the beloved Christmas song.

“The legacy of ‘Jingle Bells’ is one where its blackface and racist origins have been subtly and systematically removed from its history,” Hamill said, claiming the song has a “problematic history.”

She believes “Jingle Bells” was first performed to make fun of African-Americans.

Hamill went on to cite specific parts of the song that allegedly had racist origins.

“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.

The in-depth analysis didn’t end there.

The BU theater historian began researching the history of the longtime Christmas carol after a so-called “Jingle Bells War” – a conflict between two cities: Savannah, Georgia and Medford, Massachusetts – that is purportedly the birthplace of the song created by James Pierpont.

“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 wrote, using sophisticated language for an otherwise ridiculous subject matter.

The professor contended that the song’s lyrics “display no real originality,” and believes lines such as “dashing through the snow” and “Miss Fanny Bright” connect the song to blackface dandy.

“Words such as ‘thro,’ ‘tho’t,’ and ‘upsot’ suggest a racialized performance that attempted to sound ‘southern’ to a northern audience,” Hamill continued.

“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.”

The research paper, which has been public for two years, was widely lampooned across social media.

According to her university biography, Hamill is currently working on a collection of essays regarding the “intersections of Theater and War.” (For more from the author of “Now ‘Jingle Bells’ Is Being Called Racist” please click HERE)

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