Filed Under:  Letter to the Editor, Opinion

What’s wrong with the word ‘Negro’?

30th April 2012   ·   0 Comments

I was interested in Mr. Washington’s article, “African-Americanism vs Black” The ‘debate still rages’ (Feb. 13)” First of all, why is there a “debate” and why does it “rage?” And what is wrong with the word “Negro?”

I am a Caucasian and I refuse to use the term “African American” because it is considered “politically correct.” I refuse to use politically correct phrases because they smell of “Orwellian newspeak.”

I use the word “Negro.” I have been criticized for saying “Negro.” One woman even said she was “offended.” The people who criticize me and were offended by the word “Negro” were white women.

White people are not called “European Americans” (except by David Duke). I agree with the Black foreigners who complained about being called African Americans.

James Earl Jones is American, but not African. Nelson Mandela is African but not American. Shirley Bassy (“Gold­finger”) is neither African or American, but British. Africa is a large continent with millions of people, not all of them are Negro.

The Caucasian actress Charlize Theron has a better claim to being called “African American” than any Negro in this country, but if you are from Africa and become a U.S. citizen, you are no longer “African.”

I do agree that “Black” should be capitalized when referring to a race or group of people. (Mr. Washington did not capitalize “white.”)

Remember, you are in the United States of America, the greatest country to ever exist, and the minute you people (yes, I said, “you people”), stop being “African Americans” and start being “American Americans,” you will be surprised at how many problems you no longer have.

– Jeff Hockenheimer

This article was originally published in the April 30, 2012 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper

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