[Hat-tip: Dr. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection.]
Black sheep that is. There are stories behind many nursery rhymes, the most notable being “Ring Around The Rosy” and The Plague. Hyper-sensitive people with more power than common sense seem to think “black” anything is a racist slur. Some times, however, the subject of the rhyme is exactly what it says it is. There are black sheep in the world, and were when it was written:
“Baa! Baa! Black Sheep, have you any wool?
Yes, Sir! Yes, Sir! Three bags full.
One for the Master, one for the Dame
And one for the boy who lives down the lane!”
If anything the rhyme promotes what such “P.C.” people usally favor: some for the “Master”, the “Dame” AND the “Boy…down the lane” i.e. Re-distribution of Wealth! Huzzah!