The uncomfortable, misguided but powerful film, COONSKIN, opens with Scatman Crothers singing his heart out while attacking a defenseless ukulele. At first listen this song sounds…well, racist. It is racist. It’s a minstrel song. The more I listen to it, the more I realize that the lyrics are 1) smarter than they appear and 2) tell the story of the African-American experience, more specifically the way blacks are represented in film. Bakshi did his research, he wrote a true red, white, and blue 19th century minstrel song, or parody of a minstrel song in this case.