Italian Americans, I need your guidance on this. Is the G-word as offensive as the N-word? I’m just wondering…I have no insight on this particular term, being from the midwest originally. I’ve heard all the buzz coming from MTV’s Jersey Shore reality show, and it made me wonder about this.
Is it truly a racial slur? Was it imposed upon Italian immigrants by Americans who were mad about immigration? I’m wondering if young Italians are using the term as one of endearment as many African-American youth do (Hey, my n—a!).
Wikipedia: Guido is a slang, derogatory term for a working class urban Italian American. The Guido stereotype is multi-faceted. Primarily, it is used as a demeaning term towards Italian Americans, as the word Guido is derived from either the Italian proper name Guido or a conjugation of the Italian verb Guidare. More recently, it has come to also encompass Italians who conduct themselves as thugs with an overtly macho attitude.
The content of the emails that Republican Gary Frago was passing around are the most racist so far that have been noted by major media outlets. The Republicans just need to learn that you don’t forward racist emails, and you don’t respond to or post racist comments on Facebook and Twitter. It’s that simple. Nothing is private anymore. Note to the party: You don’t need anymore help looking insensitive. You’re party’s participation in the Sotomayor hearings was quite enough, at least for this week.
Here is the scoop from Wonkette (Who’s liberal use of the n-word at one point gave me pause. Just because you’re talking about someone else using the word doesn’t mean you should. I’m talking about: “Niggers are just a naturally funny subject, to everyone.” Um…really?)
The latest batch of foul, blatant racism comes from “City Councilman Gary Frago,” in some place near Merced, California. And he’s not sorry, either! “I’m not the only one that does it,” Frago told the Merced Sun-Star. Yeah, we’ve noticed.
All in all, the Sun-Star obtained seven e-mails that Frago sent from October 2008 to February 2009 from an anonymous source.
Some compared Obama to O.J. Simpson while others suggested that “nigger rigs” should now be called “presidential solutions.”
Perhaps the most overboard e-mail was sent on Jan. 15. It read: “Breaking News Playboy just offered Sarah Palin $1 million to pose nude in the January issue. Michelle Obama got the same offer from National Geographic.”
The newspaper tracked down the person who sent the emails to Continue reading
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From time to time I get angry comments about the name of this blog. Most of it stems from the use of “negro” in the title. I wonder if other blogs such as Field Negro encounter the scathing hate that has at times been directed at this site from people who are uncomfortable with our usage of the term (and likely haven’t read the postings on the site). There a LOT of blogs that have “negro” as part of the name. Google “blog” and “negro” and you’ll see.
I writing this post, I actually googled “blog” and “nigger”. OH my! I can just imagine the comments those blogs must get. Especially one named (and I’m not kidding) “Look At This Nigger“. Wow, that sounds like something you would hear over and over at a hood barbershop during a basketball game…but I digress. Mighty bold!
There are 2 main reasons I chose the name “Hello, Negro”. Well, 2 and a possible…as they say in spades.
The Possible: It sounds like “Hello Kitty”. Familiarity breeds contempt, huh? However, it’s meant to be a greeting. I.E Hello, Bob. See…there is a comma there people. Most people over look that. Thus, you could say that I’m calling everyone who visits this blog a negro. Some may love that, some may have a serious problem with that.
Reason 1: It’s controversial. Blogs thrive on drama (Why do you think gossip blogs are so popular?). Drama breeds conversation. I knew some people were going to have a problem with the name when I chose it. If you bought into the drama, thank you for validating what I already know about sensitivity to racial issues in America. I get that. You don’t have to write me an 8 paragraph comment trying to enlighten me. Really, I get that the word is hated by many black folk. BUT, it’s not the n-word…not even close. Let’s not forget my “African-Americans”, there was a time in America when we were damn proud to be Negroes. Many African American leaders, such as MARTIN LUTHER KING referred to themselves as what…Negro. As the kids say…Haters, Get off me!!
Reason 2: This blog is dedicated to giving you small, digestible wake up calls. This is expressed by the “hello” part of the name. Hello…there is still racism in America. Hello…here is a bit of news for you to consider. Hello there! What do you think about this or that subject. You get what I’m saying? Hello? 🙂
So, that is about as good as I can explain it…at midnight on a friday. LOL. It just amazes me how people just look on the surface sometimes and don’t consider how face value can be deceiving. Read the blog before you judge it. And if you don’t like it, that is Ok too. Freedom of expression is the right of all.
Here’s a comment we received yesterday:
62 years old; grandma; white…
Something has me troubled. This seems like the perfect place to collect some input on it:
In a conversation with my daughter and son-in-law the other day I used the word “negro.” They were aghast and horrified. I was not being disrespectful and, frankly, I have long found the word to be rather elegant.
I’d like an African-American’s point-of-view on that.
Well, African-Americans…What do you think? Is “negro” a bad word? Should this 62 year old grandmother refrain from using it.
I will say, for her generation Negro was far more dignified than Ni**er. Now if she’d referred to black folk as “Colored”…then I could understand her daughter and son-in-law’s reaction. In her prime years, the term “African-American” didn’t even exist and being “Black” was new. My dad said, When he was a kid some people would get made if you called them “Black” (as in “Blackey” or “You ole black so-in-so!”).
Over the last few years of doing this blog we’ve received several comments from people who feel that the name of this blog is offensive. Someone even wrote that Negro was equal to the other N-word. “Negro” is used everyday in Spanish speaking countries. Caucasian would be the white equivalent…no one is calling for a ban on that. We don’t see any thing wrong with the word, however we would suggest that when referring to African-Americans one use “African-American” or “Black”. Very PC.
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Some how I missed this story in October, so I’m posting it now (thanks to Elizabeth for bringing it to my attention). I’m from this part of the country so, I’m not surprised.
On Oct 17, 2008, a young man went to “Journey’s” show store in Kansas City, MO (some accounts of this story say it happened in Kansas City KS…Oak Park Mall). He bought a pair of shoes and then saw an identical pair at a different store for less.? As such, he bought the identical shoes from the cheaper store and took back the original more pricey pair to Journey’s. Later on that night, as he was reviewing the receipt, he noticed that the reason for the return was “Dumb N*gger”. When he took the receipt back to the store, they didn’t even apologize but did admit that the “reason” was in the system. Click the video below to see local news coverage.
This store is a retail chain for whom you may be a regular customer. There is power in the almighty dollar. Just something to consider. Please pass it along…
For a listing of stores through out the country: http://www.journeys.com/store_locator.aspx
I’m tired of the accusations that Barack Obama is not a citizen of the United States that are being passed around by email. Obama is an American Citizen. Duh!?!?! What major political party is going to take a chance like that on a non-citizen? Both Obama’s and McCain’s citizenship has been called into question…and they are both citizens.
McCain qualifies, too, although the circumstances of his birth — on a U.S. naval base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 — were unusual enough to merit a review. – AP
Oh, but people have gone as far as to sue in court wanting Obama to produce “proof” and the birth certificate that has been presented…they are calling it fake. If he was white would this be happening? When has this ever happened in the last 20 years, 30 years with regard to a presidential candidate? Um…as a citizen there are a lot of things that I would love to just be able to sue and have President Bush give me “proof” of. It that going to happen. NO. You can’t just sue elected officials for their personal records. OH…I guess you can if the elected official is black.
Candidates meet “natural born” tests despite rumors – AP Wire – I have seen a number of right wing blogs noting just the opposite. I have even see allegations that are said to have been made by Barack’s grandmother in Kenya regarding Obama being birthed in Kenya. OK, you know it’s serious when they put your grandmother’s name in it.
All of this drama has one central cause. Some people in America are so racist that they will come up with ANYTHING they can think of to help to ensure that a black man will never be President.
Don’t call him a terrorist. Dont’ imply that he is a muslim or of arab decent (if I was a muslim I would be having post-9/11 flashbacks right now). Obama is a Christian. How can you bring up his Christian pastor over and over again and then say he’s a Muslim. Contradiction!!! It’s like “muslim” is a dirty word or a horrible thing to be for some people during this election cycle. I guess the Right doesn’t care about American Muslims and Arab Americans that vote.
Just go ahead and pull out the “big gun” (so to speak). The N-word. Don’t beat around the bush. Just go there. That’s what many of you are doing behind closed doors anyway. You know who you are! You would never, ever vote for a black man for president of the United States. You know what you really feel and what you would really say if you weren’t trying to be politically correct. I can at least accept that people who are openly racist have been doing so with abandon. They don’t hide behind masks (hoods maybe) of faux-righteousness. See, like most black people, I want to know where you stand if you’re racist. It just clears the air and makes things simple and plain. Hate is hate…you can’t whitewash it with politics.
All I’m saying is forget citizenship, Ayers, Rev. Wright…etc. Just call him a Nigger like you really want to. Let’s all be open and honest with it.
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