Allstate using racist nursery rhyme in ad campaign

The N word is once again making headlines as Gov. Rick Perry defends himself against charges of racism after it became known that he used a hunting camp bearing a name that included a racial epithet. So it is ironic that a well-known insurance company is using in their current television ad campaign a line from a racially charged children's rhyme that includes the same scurrilous label.The company is Allstate * and the spokesman delivering the ditty is of all things African American. For years we have seen him in dozens of Allstate ads. The setting is a supermarket and he intones, "Eeny, meeny, miney, moe,'' suggesting the confusing insurance products the average consumer has to choose from.That line comes from an old children's counting rhyme, according to Wikipedia. It goes this way: "Eeny, meeny, miney, moe; catch a n_____by the toe; if he squeals let him go; eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Nowadays in more racially sensitive times the N word has been replaced by the word "tiger."...(Read Full Post)