Darren Lyn, ABC13 (Houston), December 13, 2004
The lyrics of a satirical Christmas song are brewing controversy at a local school. One parent says the words are racist. School officials in the town of Onalaska say it’s just a big misunderstanding.
The song is called “Leroy, the Redneck Reindeer.”
There are no direct references to racism in it, but one mom says discrimination is embedded in the lyrics. And she wants the song out of the school pageant. The song is supposed to be performed by the third graders at this year’s Christmas pageant at Onalaska Elementary School. Parent Jennifer Scott said, “I think it’s ignorance, number one. Number two, it’s very racist.”
Scott is outraged about the lyrics. “They’re just disrespectful, and I don’t agree with the school choosing that particular song for their Christmas pageant,” she said. A portion of the lyrics say, “Santa wrapped his bag with a Dixie flag, he was having the time of his life.” That’s one section that has Scott upset.