ZIP COON

بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم

As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Dearly Beloved Sisters,
 
This song, currently known as “Turkey in the Straw” was originally made in mockery of free Blacks who tried to better themselves by improving their appearance. The devil made mockery of these Black people by creating a character, that they nicknamed “ZIP COON” and popularized through Minstrel Shows. 
 
Minstrel Shows were theatre productions produced by white devils and starring white devils donning blackface.
 
 
These types of shows were popular until the 1950s when Black people began waking up by the masses.

Three characters stood out among others. “Jim Crow” was the stereotypical carefree slave, “Mr. Tambo” a joyous musician, and “Zip Coon” a free black attempting to “put on airs” or rise above his station.

You can go to YouTube to see more videos of the original Minstrel shows.

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