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Thread #168875   Message #4079242
Posted By: Jos
11-Nov-20 - 02:36 PM
Thread Name: BS: A person of color and a colored person
Subject: RE: BS: A person of color and a colored person
In the 1960s 'negro' was the correct word, with no extra connotations as far as I was aware. Things change. It used to be a major no-no to use 'queer', but now it seems OK for 'gay' people to talk about being queer (though maybe not for non-gay people).
The same with 'the n-word'. When Jeremy Clarkson started a widely known children's rhyme but stopped before he got to the 'offensive' word, listeners filled in the rest of the rhyme in their minds - and Clarkson lost his job. But black people can use that word about themselves without repercussions.