The original song has no racial impositions. But the tune for “Turkey in the Straw” was used by minstrel performers in bold and placed in highly racist verses – and this is how it rose in the U.S. rankings, Johnson wrote. Ice cream parlors throughout the 1800 commonly played minstrel songs, which eventually turned into ice cream truck trinkets.
Good Humor called on all ice cream truck drivers to stop playing “Turkey in the Straw” and said the new RZA-created trinket will be made available to ice cream trucks across the country. The trinket will also be added to the ice cream truck industry standard music box, the company said.
“Good Humor has not owned ice cream trucks since the 1970s, nor have we created ‘Turkey in the Straw’ or any other trinket,” the company wrote in a statement.
“However, as the industry leader and creator of the original ice cream truck, we want to be part of the solution to this issue, especially since we work closely with so many ice cream truck drivers across the country.”