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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-08-04 11:02 AM
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10. My take on it

I have lived long enough to have White people refer to my people as niggers,slaves,worthless,colored,darkies,ghetto,uneducated,Black,
Negro and now African American.

Most of the African Americans/Blacks don't resist calling themselves those two labels. Nor do most of us consider Whites calling us either of those two labels.

Now,the other labels are usually "fighting words" if Whites refer to us in those terms. In our social groups, and sometimes in public we use the "N" word-in my view too much. A person of another ethnicity better be real real careful to use that word. That is still a real sore spot IMO.

Since I am African American I can feel comfortable giving my opinion to Alan Keyes. I would NOT want a White person to say this to him:
" Your ancestors had to kiss their Masters butt, too bad you didn't get the message, Slavery ended in 1865 and you are STILL doing your Masters work."

On Obama: He can call himself anything he wants to, Alan Keyes doesn't have the right to define Obama! He does have the right to define himself.

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  -Why I'm Black, Not African American papau  Sep-08-04 10:35 AM   #0 
  - interesting post  liontamer   Sep-08-04 10:40 AM   #1 
  - I always call myself black  Connie_Corleone   Sep-08-04 10:42 AM   #2 
  - As a black American I think it's way past time to stop this canard...  Kahuna   Sep-08-04 10:45 AM   #3 
  - Thanks for posting this, papau.  fudge stripe cookays   Sep-08-04 10:46 AM   #4 
  - Glad you found the article as interesting as I did!  papau   Sep-08-04 10:54 AM   #5 
     - Article hell! I didn't even the whole article. This is a minor pet peeve  Kahuna   Sep-08-04 10:55 AM   #7 
        - a minor pet peeve? - my variation is folks not realizing there is no  papau   Sep-08-04 12:24 PM   #12 
  - Is Theresa Heinz Kerry African American?  Virginian   Sep-08-04 10:55 AM   #6 
  - Yes. She is. Moreso than I am.  Kahuna   Sep-08-04 10:56 AM   #9 
  - Mama T can define herself  goclark   Sep-08-04 11:36 AM   #11 
     - i have heard...  silverpatronus   Sep-09-04 08:24 PM   #21 
     - dupe...  silverpatronus   Sep-09-04 08:25 PM   #22 
  - Poor John...  jaysunb   Sep-08-04 10:55 AM   #8 
  - Yeah, isn't this the guy  alarcoeg   Sep-08-04 02:17 PM   #15 
  - My take on it  goclark   Sep-08-04 11:02 AM   #10 
  - Black man  8-6-PDB   Sep-08-04 01:13 PM   #13 
     - Welcome to DU!  alarcoeg   Sep-08-04 02:13 PM   #14 
  - I'm American. Period.  Stevie D   Sep-08-04 02:17 PM   #16 
  - that's what I don't get  Djinn   Sep-09-04 01:01 AM   #20 
  - Any black people on DU? It seems very white to me. I'd love to  Catfight   Sep-08-04 03:23 PM   #17 
     - well  liontamer   Sep-08-04 04:39 PM   #18 
     - It seems we have several on this thread  alarcoeg   Sep-08-04 06:34 PM   #19 

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