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May sound controversial but there is nothing beyond a blanket statement that explains how these songs were racist (examples from lyrics, or the like). If someone is to write "such and such is racist" then there should also be an explanation of why or how this fits, otherwise it's hardly encyclopedic.stan goldsmith 02:02, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
Kinda puts gangsta rap in a new light, doesn't it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 04:42, 12 May 2010 (UTC)
'Category: interesting articles that make you want to vomit' Decora (talk) 23:56, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
No mention of the late 1820s-to-1830s song "Zip Coon"
"Zip Coon" was a popular song featured at minstrel shows starting the late 1820s that white blackface performers used to caricature free black men who were trying to fit in with upper class white society.
I am little doubtful about the Whigs and raccoon etymology. When arriving in English speaking New World colonies, slaves were held in large dormitories called baracoons (similar to barracks). This term was around well before the 1830s. Haitians on H2A visas are still detained overnight in a similar fashion.18.104.22.168 (talk) 00:14, 6 December 2015 (UTC)
I consulted a few standard reference works and was suprised to not find any thoughts about the term's derivation. Can someone suggest some sources? - kosboot (talk) 13:58, 6 December 2015 (UTC)
As pointed out above, the song "Zip Coon" is too important to the history of the topic to not feature in this article in a major way. Why is it left out? Could not a source to use as a reference be found? Also, including a section on Zip Coon will necessitate rewriting the section on the term's Etymology. Using the phrase "coon" to parody free blacks pre-dates the formation of the Whig Party. ShelbyMarion (talk) 03:25, 20 April 2016 (UTC)