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Thread #100807   Message #2026281
Posted By: Azizi
15-Apr-07 - 07:14 PM
Thread Name: Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers
Subject: RE: Gigalo & other children's rhymes &cheers
I suppose I don't need to say that-despite the similarities in spelling and sound-I absolutely don't think that the children's cheer "Gigalo"/"Jigalo" has anything to do with the disparaging refernts for Black people "Jig" and "Jigaboo".

If I were a betting woman-which I'm not-I'd bet the farm {which I don't have} that Gigalo/Jigalo has nothing to do with those words.

One reason why I'm so certain of this is that I don't think that those those disparaging referents are not that widely known.
I mean I'm almost as old as the hills and I've never heard these words spoken by anyone Black, White or Green except in the 1988 Spike Lee movie and except for that now infamous segment on the Don Imus radio/tv show in which Imus and his producer joked about the physical appearance of Black female basketball players and called them hos, jigaboos, and grizzlies.

When Imus' advertisers took a walk, he was fired from that radio/tv show. 'Nuff said.

Yeah. I'm 99.9% certain that Gigalo didn't come from Jigaboo.

Why am I so sure? Because I wanna be, that's why.