return of "colored"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Mar 29 14:56:18 UTC 2012

At 3/29/2012 08:53 AM, Amy West wrote:
>I just remarked on a student paper's that "colored" is an old-fashioned
>term and so should be avoided. But then I had to think about the "C" in
>NAACP: is it not marked there?

IIRC, there has been much warm discussion within the NAACP about the
C and whether to change it.  I think some argued against changing a
name with a long history.

And "colored people" is different from "colored boy", where "boy" may
be more demeaning than "colored" -- certainly when applied to adults.


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