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  •  I've never asked for rec's (4.00)
    but I think almost 500 comments on the last one means people cared about it and wanted to read the follow-up ... so if ya's wouldn't mind trying to keep it on the front page for a few minutes ... hand me a rec if ya please.

    Conservatives love America like four-year-old kids love their mommies. -Al Franken

    by leftilicious on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 11:16:18 AM PST

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    •  I'd love for you to do a diary (4.00)
      on "Crash."
    •  here's a 4 and a rec. (none)
      There should be greater consciousness about what and how we treat this issue. When my son was 3 he received a little ride on car that are geared to toddlers. It had buttons to push that would play different tunes. One such tune was Jimmy Crack Corn. I was appalled. Even though I am white, I knew the meaning of the song. My husband on the other hand didn't until I went through the words and pointed it out. I wrote to Fisher Price to complain. They never replied. I wonder if others have noticed this?
      •  my two cents (none)
        I agree that you handled this situation well. As a Jew growing up in Des Moines, I occasionally encountered this kind of clueless behavior from teachers. They did not mean to be bigoted or insensitive but genuinely had no idea how someone of a different religion might feel in certain situations. Best to educate them in as non-confrontational way as possible.

        Now, to show that a sometimes-offended member of a minority can also double as a clueless white girl, I never knew the racist history of Jimmy Crack Corn.

        I don't know the original words--the only version of it I have sung in recent decades is the Music Together (parent/toddler music classes) version, called, "I'm Gonna Play Today." It basically has all-new words that kids can relate to, such as, "Playing with my friends, and I don't care, Dancing around, and I don't care, Singing a song, and I don't care, I'm gonna play today" etc. They include a lot of traditional songs from all over the world in the Music Together collections (including non-racist traditional African-American songs).

        I have to say that my three-year-old instantly loved the "I'm Gonna Play Today" song and frequently wanted me to play it several times in a row for him. Perhaps the best way to deal with this kind of classic music is to enjoy the catchy tunes but ditch the offensive words.

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