Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 8 20:08:38 UTC 2009

That probably should read "... how *some* people of color refer to themselves."

Was it S. I. Hayakawa who wrote something like (newly-discovered
"savage" replying to question, "Who are you people?"):

"Who are *we*? Why, *we* are *people!*"? [Tell me, who are *you*?! I
really wanna know!]

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Fri, May 8, 2009 at 1:05 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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> At 5/8/2009 12:21 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:
>>AHD 4th edn
>>A name by which a people or social group refers to itself.
> Thanks. Â This definition seems useful -- e.g., for talking about how
> "people of color" refer, and used to refer, to themselves.
> Joel
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