[Ads-l] Further Antedating of "Racist"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Jan 4 13:05:59 UTC 2015


I agree with Jon that the meaning of "racist" in the 1924 citation may be considered to be slightly different from the current most common usage of the word.  But, judging by the early citations for "racist" and "racism" in the current OED entries, it is very likely that the OED will consider this to be an antedating of "racist."

Fred Shapiro



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Nice, but it's not quite the current "racist."

Back then, "race" was a frequent, rather positively charged synonym for
"ancestral or cultural ethnicity" or "nationality."  (Americans were not a
"race," but the Irish were, if you get my drift.)

And a "nationalist" isn't necessarily a "racist" in the modern sense.

JL

On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 11:05 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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> On Jan 3, 2015, at 10:20 PM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
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> > racist (OED 1926)
> >=20
> >=20
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> > 1924 _Portland Oregonian_ 14 Dec. 70 (America's Historical Newspapers) =
>  The elections show the Germans at the moment want neither racists now =
> [sic] communists -- that is, neither extreme nationalists nor extreme =
> revolutionists.
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> Well, it was nice while it lasted.
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