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12 Childhood Nursery Rhymes You Didn’t Realize Were Racist

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‘Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe’

Children often utilize this rhyme to determine who’s “it,” especially during a game of Hide ‘n’ Seek. However, the lyrics to this song were not originally about a tiger. The real lyrics, according to The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, are as follows:

Eenie, meenie, miney moe
Catch an [N-word] by the toe
If he hollers, let him go
Eenie, meenie, miney moe.

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