Ten Little Niggers is most popularly known as the controversial title to Agatha Christie's enduring classic "And Then There Were None". This is the third iteration of the title, actually, with "Ten Little Indians" being the pseudonym of brevity in between. The book derives its title from the song following:
Ten Little Niggers
Ten little nigger boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were Nine.
Nine little nigger boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were Eight.
Eight little nigger boys travelling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were Seven.
Seven little nigger boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were Six.
Six little nigger boys playing with a hive;
A bumble bee stung one and then there were Five.
Five little nigger boys going in for law;
One got into Chancery and then there were Four.
Four little nigger boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were Three.
Three little nigger boys walking in the Zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were Two.
Two little nigger boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was One.
One little nigger boy left all alone;
He went out and hanged himself and then there were None.
Before you berate me for my "blatant racism", let me explain...
Although the popular western convention for "nigger" would indicate someone of African origin, in the particular instance of the nursery rhyme, it alludes to the dark skinned indigenous peoples of India. With the backstory told, "Ten Little Indians" is a perfectly understandable and logical updated title. Given this knowledge, "Ten Little Indians" is also purely innocuous and non-offensive.
But, alas, the politically correct platform always seems to rise to the
often absurd occasion. Thus, "And Then There Were None".