[Ads-l] Query concerning the removal of "French" from "French horn" (2nd try)

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Wed Jun 24 20:06:25 UTC 2015

OED "colored:
 3.b.  Denoting a member of any dark-skinned group of peoples, esp. a person of sub-Saharan African or (in Britain) South Asian origin or descent; in earliest use with reference to South America [emphasis added].  Now usu. considered offensive.

Coloured was adopted in the United States by emancipated slaves as a term of racial pride after the end of the American Civil War. It was rapidly replaced from the late 1960s as a self-designation by black (see note at black adj. 3a) and later by African-American, although it is retained in the name of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In Britain it was the accepted term for black, Asian, or mixed-race people until the 1960s.
      From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
 Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 3:26 AM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Query concerning the removal of "French" from "French horn" (2nd try)
On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 11:47 PM, Chris Waigl <chris at lascribe.net> wrote:


Was there *ever* a time when "colored" was used by ordinary, everyday
Americans to mean "non-white person in general" and not to mean
specifically "the American Negro"?


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