Rev. Randy K. posted a comment · Jan 21, 2017
Well Willow, I will be glad to bring you up to speed. The fact that you haven't heard the word "negro" used in reference to blacks for ages should tell you that it is no longer an acceptable term to them. It is/was primarily used in association with slavery. Furthermore, if you look at what Mr. Hill had to say and the tone in which he said it, it seems quite obvious that he intended the label "negro" to be derogatory. "Negro" has been so out of date that blacks referred to themselves as "colored" after "negro." For example, the NAACP stands for the "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People." The organization was formed back in 1909. Starting with the 1960s civil rights movement, black activists began to reject the "colored" label and came to identify themselves as "black." I know this firsthand because I grew up in an all black community in the 1960's. Now today the term "black" is no longer acceptable to many black people. Many blacks now want to be called "African Americans," which makes no sense in reality because they were all born in America--and for a number of generations now. When white people were immigrating from Europe, they often referred to themselves as German Americans or Italian Americans or whatever country it was they were immigrating from. But that is simply because they were born in those countries. Subsequent generations of those people no longer referred to themselves that way. They simply called themselves Americans--as they do today. The term "African American" seems like an intentional disconnect from being an America. Do you recall what Michelle Obama said when Obama was running for President the first time and won the Iowa caucus? If not, I'll refresh your memory. She said something to the effect, "This is the first time in my life that I have been proud to be an American."
Willow posted a comment · Jan 21, 2017
Please forgive me for my ignorance, but I didn't know 'negro' was a derogatory term? I thought it just meant 'black'. I know the other 'n' word is not one that can be used, in particular because it has been used in a derogatory way. Not that I've heard 'negro' used for ages. Perhaps that designation has also been used in a bad way? It seems so hard nowadays to know what one can or can't say for fear of inadvertently causing offence, even when none is intended. Thing is of course, I don't suppose anyone is particularly entirely black, or brown or white or whatever. Perhaps we could all avoid any charges of racism, ageism, whatever else-ism, if we could only just learn to treat EVERYone with respect. Apologies if this has gone away from the thrust of the article
Nancy posted a comment · Jan 20, 2017
This young man is playing into the dominant racism. The stereotype is that African Americans not individuals. As Americans we have freedom to think as we will. This young man writes and speaks. Dr. Carson can help him maintain ability to do so. However, I have not heard the surgery Dr. Carson devised called "the Carson Method." That too is racism. Dr. Carson Mediocre? I think not! Neither are the others.
Rev. Randy K. posted a comment · Jan 19, 2017
Tragically, Mr. Hill proves what I have been saying now for years: Blacks in America are their own worst enemy.