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Thread #151811   Message #3547452
Posted By: MorwenEdhelwen1
09-Aug-13 - 10:48 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Pickaninny in closet
Subject: RE: Folklore: Pickaninny in closet
@McGrath: Thought of that interpretation too.

I've been looking at pages 114-115 of A Right to Sing The Blues by Jeffrey Melnick claim that the story was meant to be an accusation of homosexuality and linked to ethnic and racial stereotypes of Jewish and Black people. But I don't know whether "in the closet" would have been understood that way in 1911.