Thursday, May 14, 2009

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

When I was in preschool, in between my digging tunnels to China, they taught me the song "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt". Only much later did I realize that this is basically a racist song making fun of German names and the German language in general.

To get a sense of how times have changed (or how the sensitivities of some ethnic groups matter more than those of others) let's change the name in the song to something more appropriate for a a 21st-century immigrant.

"Ching Chi Po Foo, that's my name too!
Whenever I go out, people always shout: Long live Ching Chi Po Foo! Dadadadadadada!"

Imagine the outcry if they started teaching that song to kids.

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