Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
I WOULD RATHER BE A NEGRO THAN A POOR WHITE MAN
My name's Ran, I wuks in de san'; But I'd druther be a Nigger dan a po' white man.
Gwineter hitch my oxes side by side, An' take my gal fer a big fine ride.
Gwineter take my gal to de country
sto' ; Gwineter dress her up in red calico.
You take Kate, an' I'll take Joe. Den off we'll go to de pahty-o.
Gwineter take my gal to de Hulla­baloo,
Whar dere hain't no * Crackers in a mile or two.
Interlocution:
(Fiddler) "Oh, Sal! Whar's de milk strainer cloth?" * Names applied by Negroes to the poorer class of white people in the South.
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