picaninny


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picaninny

(ˈpɪkəˌnɪnɪ)
n, pl -nies
(Anthropology & Ethnology) offensive a variant spelling of piccaninny
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.picaninny - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child
depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
Black person, Black - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
child, kid, minor, nipper, tiddler, youngster, tike, shaver, small fry, nestling, fry, tyke - a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
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For example, in the Felix the Cat cartoon, Uncle Tom's Crabbin' (1927), Felix is shown walking to "Dixie" where he meets a Black or blackface banjo player who the audience would undoubtedly recognize as "Uncle Tom," who is playing in front of a cabin to a young Black dancer with unkempt hair who the audience would recognize as a "picaninny." Felix dances with her until a mean white overseer is aroused from his bed.
Examining an array of performers, from the children's touring Picaninny Choruses and Creole Shows of the 1890s to chorus lines and finally to international song-and-dance sensations such as Florence Mills, Valaida Snow, and Josephine Baker, Brown relates a story of black women in motion on stage and off.
There was a time when you could've typed in the letters "n-i-g-g-e-r" on eBay's search engine and pulled up "Tragic Mulatto" books, "Coon" ashtrays, "Sambo" or "Jigger" masks, "Picaninny" toys, "Uncle Tom" matchbooks, and tons of other so-called black memorabilia items.