[Ed. – The game blackjack is also racist and must henceforth be called whitejack.]
“Baa Baa Black Sheep” has been deemed racist, and will no longer be sung at some child care centers in Australia. The classic nursery rhyme was penned in the early 1700s, and has been a preschool staple around the world. Some child care centers in Melbourne changed the phrases in “Baa Baa Black Sheep” because administrators feel it is both racist and sexist.
In an effort to reflect a “multicultural community,” the “Baa Baa Black Sheep
” nursery rhyme the staff at south-eastern Melbourne suburbs child care centers told the Herald Sun the lyric was being changed because of concerns over the racial connotations of the term “black.” Kindergarten teachers at the early childhood education centers reportedly told the newspaper that the line, “one for the little boy who lives down the lane” may also be changed to avoid any sexist connotations.
One local parent expressed confusion over the whole “Baa Baa Black Sheep” controversy when speaking to the Herald Sun, “I am a person who has black skin. Can we please stop with the political correctness, it’s becoming a joke. The song is called ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep.’ No need to change it!”
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