Yesterday NPR’s Theodore R. Johnson published a report linking the song that many associate with ice cream trucks to the race-mocking minstrel song “N***** Love A Watermelon Ha! Ha! Ha!” by Harry C. Browne. The song, released in 1916 by Columbia Records, not only clearly contains racial slurs, but plays on African American stereotypes which are offensive and culturally integrated. It begins with the following exchange:

Browne: “You n*****s quit throwin’ them bones and come down and get your ice cream!”
Black men (incredulously): “Ice Cream?!?”
Browne: “Yes, ice cream! Colored man’s ice cream: WATERMELON!!”