This is a call to action to all of my parents with school-aged children. Actually, this is a call to action to every girl who has spent time on the blacktop during recess in elementary school. I’m still baffled about this new craze permeating primary school classrooms.
Let me tell y’all a story…
Average day, nothing special. I pick up my daughter from school after leaving my own campus. My daughter’s name is Addyson. First grade. Seven years old. We get home and the first thing she does is grab her tablet and asks me could she show me a new song that she learned in class that day. My baby is a music head so I’m like “cool.” Again, average day, nothing special.
I’m in the process of preparing dinner so I’m not thinking anything of the song until I recognized the beat. Because I was familiar with the beat, all childhood memories rushed over me and I started to sing, assuming that I knew the words right….wrong. What I thought was “Jig-a-Low” was……”Pop-See-Ko.”
What is Pop-See-Ko you say? Before you proceed reading this post, watch below
No seriously. Watch the video first and then keep reading.
If you are anything like me, your reaction to that video was probably the same as mine.
“What. is. This?”
“What is a pop-see-ko?”
“Why the only Black dude got on a wig and NO RHYTHM?”
“Turn this trash off! Now let me show YOU something!”
It was a mix of emotions!
I was confused as to what I just watched and why it was so popular. I was pissed that society just did what it does best, find a way to take Black culture and whitewash it for click bait and sales (and present it as if it’s new), I was excited to teach my daughter Jig-a-Low and share that nostalgic moment with her, and I was anxious about the array of other things I know for a fact I am going to have to teach my child about her culture because it is either taught with inaccuracy or not taught at all.
As trivial as a post about “pop-see-ko” may seem, I know you HAVE to feel me. Jig-a-Low is a childhood classic like It’s All That, My Brother and Me, Kenan & Kel, and Friday (because we all watched it when we weren’t supposed to). My coordination never worked well with double-dutch and the boys wouldn’t let me touch the basketball during recess and my turn was up during foursquare and I got tagged out during Down by the Bank so, Jig-a-Low was like a catch all. It was inclusive, didn’t need any special skills, it just was. It is already kid-friendly!
Miss me with the negative connotation about the word “Jig-a-Low” (gigolo) because I never asked my parents what it meant and I doubt y’all did either. Especially since we always stretched out the word, “jig a loooooooooow jig jig a loooowwwwww.”
I’ve made my point so I digress.
It may seem cute, but, it’s not.
The erasure attempt of this classic was done so subtly and strategically that the makers probably thought that the song was popular so long ago that us old heads (millennials) probably wouldn’t even notice it.
Nah G. I peeped game. I’ve been peeping game and my daughter is not about to have any parts of it.
If your child, niece, nephew, cousin, god-child, etc hasn’t sang the song around you just yet, wait until Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. You will hear it. And when you do, politely tell them how those words shall never be spoken of again. Point. Blank. Period.
Do it for the culture.
Save the babies.