Square dancing was a racist hoax funded by Henry Ford to get white people to stop dancing to black music

Wonkette writer Robyn Pennacchia went on a brilliant Twitter rant about the strange history of square dancing, which is not an old American tradition, but rather a 20th century hoax that Henry Ford and Dr Pappy Shaw created to get white people to stop dancing to music made by black people.

Ford even got school districts to teach square dancing in gym classes, and convinced 27 states to make square dancing their official state dances.

PUT YOUR TIN FOIL HATS ON, we are about to go on a VERY wild ride. [Robyn Pennacchia‏/Twitter]