One learns new things every day. Via Eve Tushnet, I found out that two African-American women have sued Southwest Airlines. The reason is said to be the reciting of “Eenie, meenie, minie, moe; pick a seat, we gotta go.” This apparently has some racist history in the US.
When we get around to having kids, please remind me not to teach them the Urdu version of “Eenie, meenie, minie, moe.” When we were kids, we had a few versions of this rhyme in Urdu. How was I supposed to know it has racist overtones half way across the world. Please forgive me, I didn’t mean to offend, even though I was only four at the time!