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Old 12-30-2008, 08:29 PM
 
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could one of you ultra-sensitive dims kindly step us thru the process when and whereby the word 'negro' magically [lol] became a racist term?

please include in your discussion why the united negro college fund is mysteriously exempted from this shriekfest.
m'kay thanks.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:37 PM
 
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Here you go. From wikipedia:

Negro is a term referring to people of Black African ancestry. Prior to the shift in the lexicon of American and worldwide classification of race and ethnicity in the late 1960s, the appellation was accepted as a normal neutral formal term both by those of Black African descent as well as non-African blacks. Now it is often considered an ethnic slur[1][2][3] although the term is considered archaic and is not common as a racist slur. The term is still used in some contexts for historical reasons such as in the name of the United Negro College Fund[4][5]. "Negro" means "black" in Spanish, Portuguese, and ancient Italian[6] - all of which derive from the Latin niger (i.e. "black").
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:51 PM
 
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thanks, but i'm already familiar with wikipedia.

what i'm after here is some sort of explanation as to why this word is now considered racist. why is no one apparently angry with the LA times guy who used the term 'magic negro' in the first place?

and-as previously requested-some sort of reasoning as to why the UNCF is mysteriously exempted from the usual and immediate squalls of 'racism.'

is it just because they've been using the term for so long?
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Old 12-30-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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difficult questions, it seems.
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Old 12-31-2008, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Charleston, WV
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Here you go. From wikipedia:

Negro is a term referring to people of Black African ancestry. Prior to the shift in the lexicon of American and worldwide classification of race and ethnicity in the late 1960s, the appellation was accepted as a normal neutral formal term both by those of Black African descent as well as non-African blacks. Now it is often considered an ethnic slur[1][2][3] although the term is considered archaic and is not common as a racist slur. The term is still used in some contexts for historical reasons such as in the name of the United Negro College Fund[4][5]. "Negro" means "black" in Spanish, Portuguese, and ancient Italian[6] - all of which derive from the Latin niger (i.e. "black").
"Now it is often considered an ethnic slur[1][2][3] although the term is considered archaic and is not common as a racist slur."

OK, so that is clear as mud. So basically, it just depends on who is using it and how a party chooses to interpret it.

I'm not defending the use but "the appellation was accepted as a normal neutral formal term both by...." - so, if an older person were to use it, that may have been the norm for them and they are not meaning it to be a slur.
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:25 PM
 
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difficult questions, it seems.
Maybe because until this post Black posters are ignoring you and a few White posters are trying to explaine from a third hand perspective. Personally for me your main question wasn't worthy of a response.
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Mount Dora, FL
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thanks, but i'm already familiar with wikipedia.

what i'm after here is some sort of explanation as to why this word is now considered racist. why is no one apparently angry with the LA times guy who used the term 'magic negro' in the first place?

and-as previously requested-some sort of reasoning as to why the UNCF is mysteriously exempted from the usual and immediate squalls of 'racism.'

is it just because they've been using the term for so long?
As an illustration: Assuming you are not African-American and you called some Black a 'Negro' in any connotation, you'd end up w/a fat lip, black eye or both. Now, does that answer your question?
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Georgia, on the Florida line, right above Tallahassee
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This thread is pretty funny. Especially when the comments are viewed in context of how the election played out.
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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I find it funny that white conservatives make a song about "Barack the magic negro" as a way to soothe the reality that the most politically powerfull man on Earth is not some white guy!
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