Latest on "negro"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Apr 26 00:02:26 UTC 2014

On Apr 25, 2014, at 5:40 PM, Baker, John wrote:

> Costello's remark seems a bit bizarre to me.  Bundy is not a racist because he used an old-fashioned (but not inherently invidious) term to refer to people of sub-Saharan African descent.  He is a racist because he thinks they should be picking cotton rather than, as he puts it, on "government subsidy" (although he demands a much larger government subsidy for himself).

And there's the bit on one sound clip where he claims that they had it better under slavery.  Doesn't much matter which n-initial or n-non-initial terms you use when you make such claims.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Jonathan Lighter
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> Yahoo! News doesn't capitalize the word in its headline:
> "Jon Stewart takes a victory lap around Cliven Bundy's 'negro studies'
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> "
> On CNN, child-free Carol Costello notes that Bundy's "use of the word
> 'Negro'"  was by itself "mind-blowing" and "reprehensible."
> (Bundy said today he thought that people of all colors should be able to
> sit anywhere on the bus they wanted.)
> JL
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