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GUEST,CJB Jingle Bells Originally Performed in Minstrel Show (78* d) Jinge Bells is Racist 17 Dec 17

Boston University professor claims Jingle Bells is RACIST because it was 'first performed in blackface and made fun of African-Americans'

*    Boston University theater professor Kyna Hamill made startling claim in paper
*    World-famous Christmas carol was composed in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont
*    Hamill asserts first performance of Jingle Bells was done in blackface
*    Urges reflection on song's 'problematic role in the construction of blackness'

By Keith Griffith For


Kyna Hamill, a BU theater historian, says Jingle Bells has racist roots

A professor has claimed that Jingle Bells has racist roots because it was first performed in blackface.

'The legacy of 'Jingle Bells' is one where its blackface and racist origins have been subtly and systematically removed from its history,' wrote Kyna Hamill, a Boston University theater historian, in a research paper that is making waves.



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