At the heart of America is a dirty and shameful reality. Everyone knows it exists, but the devastating impact it has left on generations of people has been glossed over and even ignored—especially by those who still benefit from it.
Our American history is rooted in racism.
It's time to explore these overlooked events that don’t make it into our history books and correct the record for the people still harmed by them, to trace our past to modern tragedies, and learn how folks over the centuries have fought back. We need to confront more of our racist history, so that we might have a chance to defeat it once and for all.
Hosted by Christian Picciolini, F*** Your Racist History is a weekly history podcast that tells America's hidden, overlooked, and unknown racist origin stories.
About the Show
F*** Your Racist History is produced by Goldmill Group.
Christian Picciolini and Jamie Moeller are producers.
Episodes are written and fact-checked by Maggie Coomer and Jasmin Brand of Dark Nostalgia Works.
Our sound editor is Ken Pendola.
F*** YOUR RACIST HISTORY | Episode 110 | August 23, 2021
Racist Cartoons, Toys, Nursery Rhymes, Songs, and Popular Phrases
Over the centuries, white supremacy has been marketed to American children through popular toys like “mammy” dolls and in cartoons with names like “Little Black Sambo.” More recently, several of Dr. Seuss’ children’s books have also been criticized as being insensitive by promoting racist stereotypes. Many rhymes and songs that we learned in our own childhoods, and that we may now teach our children or grandchildren, are also deeply rooted in racism. This not-so-subtle conditioning to white supremacy as children can lead to unconscious bias in adults. In this episode of F*** Your Racist History, we explore the racist undertones in our beloved childhood entertainment as well as the overt racism in some commonly used phrases and music, even the lyrics of the United States’ National Anthem.