It does seem sadly telling about culture - especially AMERICAN culture, that we replaced "Gangnam Style", named for the richest part of Seoul, South Korea, with "Harlem Shake", named for the Blackest part of New York City.
First I limp to the side like my leg was broken
Shakin' and twitchin' kinda like I was smokin'
Crazy wack funky
People say ya look like M.C. Hammer on crack, Humpty
That's all right 'cause my body's in motion
It's supposed to look like a fit or a convulsion
Anyone can play this game
This is my dance, y'all, Humpty Hump's my name
No two people will do it the same
Ya got it down when ya appear to be in pain
Humpin', funkin', jumpin',
jig around, shakin' ya rump,
and when the dude a chump pump points a finger like a stump
tell him step off, I'm doin' the Hump.
As an aside, I think there's an essay to be written about why any accusation of a racial offense is so often reduced to 'Are you a racist?' It would be as if my wife said, 'You forgot to check Samori's homework' and I responded, 'I'm not a bad father.' -- Ta-Nahisi Coates
griphus: I don't know jack about Harlem (is it NYC? or another city?)
Absolutely, completely serious question (to you or anyone): is the Harlem Renaissance not a required part of the English curriculum in all high schools? It was covered in literally every English class I took between 6th and 12th grade but I have no idea if that's because I went to school in NYC or not.
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