“I don’t really feel like arguing with this Negro,” Stone could be heard saying.
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“Thirty years as an entertainment professional, twenty of them in radio. ‘Negro’ was the first pejorative uttered.”
So Negro is a pejorative now?
That’s going to retcon a whole bunch of racism, ainna? I mean, in the early part of the century, that’s how you referred to African Americans when talking about Race. Of course, then the preferred term was Black, capital B, then Afro-American, then African American (and Black with a capital B was kind of looked down on as an almost pejorative, and now we’re back to Black with a capital B. And if you use or ever used the wrong one (or, perhaps, if you are also part of a targeted minority like Trump supporters or conservatives) at the time when only one is right, you’re an instant Racist and/or White Supremicist.
Definitely a trick to attack the wrongthinkers. I wish I could say clearly a trick, but I’m afraid it’s not transparent to a lot of people.
Meanwhile, let’s examine some other New Racists who used the new bad word:
- James Baldwin:
To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
- W.E.B. DuBois:
The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife, this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self.
(Note that he also says American which doubles the thoughtcrime probably.)
- Malcolm X:
The liberal elements of whites are those who have perfected the art of selling themselves to the Negro as a friend of the Negro. Getting sympathy of the Negro, getting the allegiance of the Negro, and getting the mind of the Negro. Then the Negro sides with the white liberal, and the white liberal use the Negro against the white conservative. So that anything that the Negro does is never for his own good, never for his own advancement, never for his own progress, he’s only a pawn in the hands of the white liberal.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
But I mean as far as the average Negro today, he knows nothing about Africa. And I think he’s got to face the fact that he is an American, his culture is basically American, and one becomes adjusted to this when he realizes what, what he is.
- George Washington Carver:
We know nothing about Africa, although our roots are there in terms of our forbearers. But I mean as far as the average Negro today, he knows nothing about Africa. And I think he’s got to face the fact that he is an American, his culture is basically American, and one becomes adjusted to this when he realizes what, what he is.
- Langton Hughes:
If you want to honor me, give some young boy or girl who’s coming along trying to create arts and write and compose and sing and act and paint and dance and make something out of the beauties of the Negro race-give that child some help.
- John Howard Griffin, author of Black Like Me:
You place the white man in the ghetto, deprive him of educational advantages, arrange it so he has to struggle hard to fulfill his instinct for self-respect, give him little physical privacy and less leisure, and he would after a time assume the same characteristics you attach to the Negro.
- Booker T. Washington:
There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public.
Come see the inherent systemic racism, and by that, I mean the system of finding racism where it’s not.
Also, is colored people a racial slur when people of color is not?
It would is so hard to keep track and to keep in Right Thinking these days. Which, I suppose, is the whole point.