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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A loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick of butter. OH my goodness. I almost teared up when I saw this on YouTube. As a child this was one of a few animations on Sesame Street that had black characters. This was my FAVORITE!!! I was that lil black girl going to the corner store for Mom, jamming to my own rhythm. Sigh…I’m such a sap sometimes.
“From 1972, the classic animated segment about memory, which has done a pretty good job of sticking in the memories of a generation of Sesame Street viewers. Produced by Jim Simon’s Wantu Studios.”
Today’s question: Are we (ie the U.S of A) in a Recession or a Depression? From good ole Wikipedia…
“A recession may involve simultaneous declines in coincident measures of overall economic activity such as employment, investment, and corporate profits. Recessions may be associated with falling prices (deflation), or, alternatively, sharply rising prices (inflation) in a process known as stagflation. A severe or long recession is referred to as an economic depression. Although the distinction between a recession and a depression is not clearly defined, it is often said that a decline in GDP of more than 10% constitutes a depression. A devastating breakdown of an economy (essentially, a severe depression, or hyperinflation, depending on the circumstances) is called economic collapse.”
“In economics, a depression is a term commonly used for a sustained downturn in the economy. It is more severe than a recession (which is seen as a normal downturn in the business cycle). Considered a rare but extreme form of recession, the start of a depression is characterized by unusual increases in unemployment, restriction of credit, shrinking output and investment, price deflation or hyperinflation, numerous bankruptcies, reduced amounts of trade and commerce, as well as violent currency devaluations. Unlike a recession, there is no official definition for a depression, even though some have been proposed. Generally it is marked by a substantial and sustained shortfall of the ability to purchase goods relative to the amount that could be produced given current resources and technology (potential output). One could say that while a recession refers to the economy “falling down,” a depression is a matter of “not being able to get up.””
Hello Readers!!! We’ve seen some healthy debate around the posting on NAS’s new song “Be a Nigger too”. The N-word tends to have that effect when opinionated people are around, and I love the dialog. So, this week’s question is “Will the N-word ever go away?”. [The question is late…my bad] I know quite a few African Americans who absolutely hate the word and think it should never ever be used regardless of the circumstances. I know quite a few African Americans who think the word has been somewhat “reclaimed” by the community and is not always used in it’s historical sense. Many embrace it, and many abhor it.
The question is, whether embraced or banned in some fashion, will it ever disappear from use. Do you think it will become illegal, passe, or just archaic?
In light of the famine, civil war, genocide, food shortages, and civil/political instability on the mother continent I raise this question”
Do African Americans care about what is going on in Africa? If you feel that the answer is yes, please note how we show that we care.
Hello, Negro wants to know who you consider to be a black leader in the 21st century? Please, don’t just name Obama and Oprah…and Jesse, and Al. Pull out that most influential people issue of Ebony magazine if you need to. LOL
…or is it just a glorified popularity content conducted by parties, corporations, and the popular media? Do our votes really count or do corporations control the president and congress in the end anyway? Is america’s government determined by the people? Are politicians just a type of celebrity?