Jesse Jackson wants to ban "N-word"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 4 03:13:00 UTC 2006

At 8:56 AM -0800 12/2/06, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>I remember some national figure denouncing "Afro-American" around
>1970 as pernicious because it wasn't formally parallel to
>"Italian-American" or "Irish-American."  Evidently he'd never heard
>of "Italo-American," "Hiberno-American," "Anglo-American," etc.
>   He must have been aware of "Franco-American," but may have thought
>it referred to the Spanish dictator.
Or those awful cans of "spaghetti".


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