Ice Cream Company Apologizing For Their Racist Jingle

Good Humor Ice Cream out of Youngstown Ohio, was internationally famous in the 20's through the 80's because they were the first company to have ice cream trucks. At their peak they owned over 2000 trucks and leased 10 thousand more to drivers all over the U.S.

They no longer own any trucks but still lease out hundreds of trucks to sell their ice cream. Last week they announced that they were swapping out the music that has been played on their trucks since the 30's because it had a racist origin. The song has been known as the "Ice Cream Truck Song" for at least 50 years. The real name of the song is "Turkey In The Straw" and you can hear it here.

According to the Wikipedia page for the song it began as a fiddlers song in the 1820's. In the late 1870s until the 1930s, "Turkey in the Straw" was performed in minstrel shows by black face actors and musicians.

So because of that the song has now been deemed as racist and they reached out to a member of the Wu Tang Clan to create a non racist ice cream truck song.

RZA of the Wu Tang says “I remember the days when I would hear that iconic ice cream truck jingle outside, and I would drop what I was doing to chase it down for a treat. When I learned about that song's problematic history this summer, I knew I had to get involved and do something about it."

Here's your new non racist ice cream truck song.

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