Catch a…what?..by the toe.
I had always known it to be “tiger.”
Doing a little research, I discovered that in a little rascals show, they once used the word “patient.”
But, until today, I had never ever heard the word “nigger” used in that slot.
Apparently this is how it was originally sung. Eenie Meenie Miney Mo, catch a nigger by his toe.
How many of you knew that? I certainly didn’t. I never would have fathomed it. It was always “tiger” to me. Always. We sung it as kids. Hell, we were encouraged to sing it as a way of helping to resolve disputes.
But the rhyme itself has caused its own dispute.
The article reads like a Torts exam question from the most world’s most sadistical professor. The fact patern just gets so downright bizarre, your first thought is to kill whomever thought it up so you don’t actually have to answer the question.
Basically, two women were late to get on a Southwest flight and had trouble finding seats. The flight attendant gets on the intercom and says “Eenie, meenie, minie, moe; pick a seat, we gotta go.”
The women, who were black, felt that this alluded to a racist rhyme and decided to sue for emotional and physical damages.
What I gave is merely a summary, but you’ll probably have to read the full article to get the big picture.
Sooooo…are they too sensitive? Do they have a legitimate claim here? A little of both?