Is "eeny meeny miney moe" racist?



2017-02-23T11:29:44.925Z
2017-02-24T10:03:16.093Z

Is the children's rhyme "eeny meeny miney moe" racist?

Contains offensive language

The rhyme is not racist in itself, but is considered offensive because it forms the first line of a children's rhyme the most common version of which is:

Eeny Meeny Miny Moe
Catch a nigger by the toe
If he squeals, let him go
Eeny Meeny Miny Moe

There are many different variations which remove the racist term and substitute it for "fishy", "tiger" or another noun. The rhyme is controversial though when it's used - for example on a T-shirt promoting TV show the Walking Dead, or when said by Jeremy Clarkson.

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