Backlash after school banned ‘Jingle Bells’ over Christmas

Backlash after school banned ‘Jingle Bells’ over Christmas


Some upstate New York residents are riled up after there were no “Jingle Bells” on Christmas, with the holiday song banned by a local school because of its ties to 19th century blackface minstrel shows.

Council Rock Primary School had axed “Jingle Bells” from the school’s holiday repertoire because the holiday mainstay may have been first performed at minstrel shows in 1857, according to an academic article from Boston University professor Kyna Hamill published in 2017.

The school replaced the tune with others that don’t have “the potential to be controversial or offensive,” Council Rock principal Matt Tappon told The Rochester Beacon, who first reported the news on Dec. 23.

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Brighton Central School District Superintendent Kevin McGowan defended the decision amid the lingering outcry

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