Some time ago I was fined for allowing my cat to be in my front yard unaccompanied and unleashed. In letting my cat roam outside, I had no intention of breaking the Lenexa law. I simply had no idea there was a law that prohibits my cat from going out alone. Yet I was not considered innocent because of my ignorance. I received a costly reprimand.
In the same way people who say they weren’t aware of the “Eenie, meenie” rhyme’s racist background cannot say they are innocent because of their ignorance. The rhyme has racist implications. Whether they have used it in such a way is irrelevant.
Much as I had to learn from my brush with the law, so should they learn from this new information about the rhyme. Having it pointed out to them so they might learn is not “making a mountain out of a molehill,” as Jodie (Demmel) Van Meter says (7/28, Letters). It is pointing out the molehill so that it can be avoided, so that no one gets hurt.
Elsje M. Smit