Many of us sang catchy rhymes and tunes on the school yard with out knowing that we were perpetuating racist culture. How often have you sang…
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe,
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollers, let him go,
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
Sorry, but this one has nothing to do with catching a tiger by his toe.
No one catches a tiger by the toe and tigers don’t holler. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, the common sing-song melody was used in almost all classrooms and playgrounds in the 1880s by children — except the word tiger was originally “nigger.”
Scroll down to watch a video highlighting other rhymes with equally racist origins.