return of "colored"

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Fri Mar 30 14:04:26 UTC 2012

On 3/30/12 12:00 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:
> And "colored people" is different from "colored boy", where "boy" may
> be more demeaning than "colored" -- certainly when applied to adults.
> Joel

Right: for me "colored" is marked because I saw it in the context of the
Civil Rights movement as a child and often saw it in
discriminatory/segregated situations. I realize that for my Alabama
grandmother and for my Bostonian mother they both may have  used it as a
neutral term simply because that was the term used back then. (I
actually suspect that it was not as neutral for them as I like to think.)

---Amy West

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