Gringo (1839)

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sat Dec 23 16:37:30 UTC 2006

I've heard (i.e. read) that American Indians use (or used to use) the designation "black white men."  That's in Walker's _The Color Purple_, but I think I've encountered it elsewhere too.


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>Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 21:43:43 -0500
>From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject: Re: Gringo (1839)
>I was once chatting with an African-American acquaintance from Honduras and used the phrase, "norte-americano negro." He corrected this sneeringly to "_gringo_ negro." I'd long wondered whether "gringo" was reserved for white Anglos or whether it could also be used to refer to black Anglos. That answered my question, at least with respect to the practice of African-American Hondureños.

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