Folklore of and about Blacks, 1971  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Folklore of and about Blacks
1971 (inclusive)
0.02 linear feet
Collection Number
Lionel Coleman was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an essay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore fieldwork project.
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Telephone: 541-346-3925
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for access in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Publication of this finding aid was supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Collection does not include project release form signed by the collector.

Restrictions on Use

Collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Alternative Forms Available

Collection is available as a duplicate copy for display in the Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Master sheetReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

EssayReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Folklore textsReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Container(s) Description
One racial joke about a Black, a White, a Jew, and a Chinese
One joke about a Black shoeshine boy passing by Christ hanging on the cross
One joke about why Blacks are lower on the job scale
Superstition and popular belief
Prohibition against sweeping someone's feet with a broom
Prohibition against stepping over someone lying on the floor
Folk speech
Explanation of the term "beauguard"
Poetry and rhyme
One version of "The dozens!" "Listen Mother Fucker, This is Number One... "
Two rhymes to indicate unwillingness to play the dozens: "I don't play the dozen, I don't even try"; " I don't play the dozen, I play the five and ten"
One "Momma Rhyme!": "I hate to talk about your momma"
Fun rhyme/song: "Have you ever been fishing on a bright sunny day?"
Three rhymed taunts said by Blacks to Whites: "White paddy, white paddy you don't shine"; "I'm a nigger, you're a paddy"; "I'm a nigger, you're a trigger"
Two children's game rhymes: "Alley cat, alley cat, where have you been?"; "Aca, Baca, Soda Craker"
One tongue twister: "You thought you thought"
One other rhyme exemplifying Black's use of the term "cock": "Step on a rock FFF-AH-FFF-AH"

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Black American
  • College students
  • ethnic jokes
  • folk speech
  • High school students
  • Poetry
  • superstitions
  • Personal Names :
  • Coleman, Lionel
  • Eaglin, Ray
  • Geographical Names :
  • Eugene (Or.)
  • Portland (Or.)
  • Willamette River Valley (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Fieldwork project