God in the deatils (1960)
sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Wed Jan 26 22:33:33 UTC 2005
Wilson Gray writes:
>> I associated that "devil" with the (mega-unPC) proverbial "n*gger in
>> the woodpile", the hidden problem that will cause trouble if not sought
>> out and eliminated.
>Interesting! I've always assumed that this saying meant only that a
>person purporting to be of pure European(-American) ancestry was
>suspected of hiding African(-American) ancestry.
There was some discussion of this expression on ADS-L several years ago
(perhaps the archives could be consulted) in which it appeared that quite
a few people understood its meaning to be as you describe. Most of them
were young enough that their experience of its use was probably literary or
at least second-hand. Only us old farts knew the real skinny. But here
you are, one of us (OF), and had the same idea. Was this understanding
general among blacks of your generation?
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