Lawsuit over racist “eenie meenie…”

By | January 21, 2004

I find this story very bizzare. Two African-American women are suing Southwest Airlines over a rhyme that a flight attendant said on a flight.The rhyme in question was: “‘Eenie, meenie, minie moe; pick a seat, we gotta go.'” The women say that this is a racist rhyme, and that they felt “humiliated and degrated” because a flight attendant said this rhyme over the intercom.

First off, I fail to see the racist part of this rhyme. Sure, there’s a version of the rhyme that contains a very racist statement. But that wasn’t the version that the flight attendant said. And most rhymes have a racist version, as well as a mysoginistic version and a homophobic version. Does this mean that all rhymes are racist?

I am a pretty PC guy. I believe that we need to do whatever we can to make sure that people or groups are not offended by what we say. But I don’t see anything wrong with what the flight attendant said. I think this story should be filed under “Frivolous Lawsuits.”

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