Thursday, 24 April 2014

I don't care about Cliven Bundy, but it's worth noting that "n*gro" was a politically correct term in 1970, used by The New York Times, and Bundy is a "senior" citizen.

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      You're right, friend. But, see, the "negro" term was itself a replacement term for "colored," being in turn replaced by "black," which, too, fell out of favor in preference for "African American;" this last designation also seems now to be approaching its own inevitable expiry date. The momentum for all these nomenclature resets stems from the persistent tendency of certain negative associations to accrue to the terms over time, a result of the persistent negative behavior of the people themselves, some of which said behavior being the focus of recent inflammatory comments by Mr. Bundy. Evidently the people in question find it more convenient to simply change their name instead of modifying the behavior which attaches to the name. Contrast the mutability of these terms with the relative permanence of other racial appellatives, say that of the Chinese, for example. Despite the horrendous historical prejudice initially arrayed against them, the Chinese in America were, over the generations, able to make "Asian" a byword of diligence, intelligence and civility, thus proving that WE shape our names, the names don't shape us. BTW, look for a comeback for "colored" on the politically correct horizon - this is the age of recycling, after all, and we're running out of original newspeak.

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