Jesse Jackson wants to ban "N-word"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 4 03:26:21 UTC 2006

And, of course, "African-American" isn't formally parallel to
"Italian-American" or "Irish-American," either, since Italy and
Ireland are not continents. Needless to say, I attribute this person's
lack of understanding of something so obvious to many years of what
was seriously referred to as "separate-but-equal" education.
Abstracting awway from the counterexample of Mr. Zurinskas, of course.


On 12/3/06, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
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> 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".
> LH
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