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Is Negro a Bad Word? UNCF's Big Decision
Diversityinc.com ^ | January 17, 2008 | Eric Hinton

Posted on 01/18/2008 7:29:12 AM PST by flowerplough

... It's an issue the United Negro College Fund is addressing today … sort of. The 64-year-old organization isn't officially removing "Negro" from its name but rather is unveiling a new branding effort that will focus on the acronym "UNCF." A new logo was unveiled today and the group is refocusing attention to the group's universal catchphrase, "A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste."

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By refocusing attention to the acronym, the UNCF follows the lead of the American Association of Retired Persons, which in 1999 legally changed its name to AARP to reflect that its focus had expanded beyond that of just American retirees and to capture more aging baby boomers.

The notion of making a name change for groups such as the NAACP and UNCF are more than simply symbolic. These organizations are seeking to remain relevant and urgently need to attract younger members.

Last year, DiversityInc posed a question to its readers: "Should the NAACP Change its Name?" Responses ran the gamut from readers who said the name had "historical significance" to "the NAACP has remained in a time zone of the '60's" to "It's not the name, it's the direction the organization is going in."

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Rearranging the deck chairs?
1 posted on 01/18/2008 7:29:14 AM PST by flowerplough
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2 posted on 01/18/2008 7:32:48 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: flowerplough
the UNCF follows the lead of the American Association of Retired Persons, which in 1999 legally changed its name to AARP to reflect that its focus had expanded beyond that of just American retirees and to capture more aging baby boomers.

...and to capture more aging baby boomers' MONEY AND MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS.

3 posted on 01/18/2008 7:33:14 AM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: flowerplough

Reminds one of KFC (don’t want to mention that fried chicken)


4 posted on 01/18/2008 7:34:14 AM PST by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: flowerplough

So will the NAACP and UNCF be expanding their coverage to peoples beyond a certain ethnic heritage?


5 posted on 01/18/2008 7:34:36 AM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: flowerplough

For a half a second, I thought that there was a REALLY inappropriate mascot at the University of North Carolina at Fayetteville. :^D


6 posted on 01/18/2008 7:34:54 AM PST by dangus
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To: flowerplough

If the victimhood lobby wouldn’t change the terminology every decade, UNCF and NAACP would have these problems. Today, the term “colored people” is considered offensive while “people of color” is considered sensitive. That’s just nuts.


7 posted on 01/18/2008 7:37:06 AM PST by inkling (exurbanleague.com)
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To: inkling
Today, the term “colored people” is considered offensive while “people of color” is considered sensitive. That’s just nuts.

No, it's a way to identify who is so subservient to the current fashion, as dictated by the Elite, that they will adopt the currently fashionable terms immediately

8 posted on 01/18/2008 7:42:03 AM PST by PapaBear3625
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To: flowerplough

I have several liberal acquaintances (I live in NJ) and when with them and the subject of minorities (blacks) comes up I NEVER refer to them as blacks but Negroes or colored people. It drives these people absolutely NUTS. Their jaws clench but they will never say anything to me after their initial attempts to correct me which were met by my counter that if it was good enough for the NAACP it ought to be good enough for them.

I swear, pissing off liberals will add 20 years to my life. I really love it so.


9 posted on 01/18/2008 7:43:08 AM PST by aroundabout
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To: flowerplough

Is “colored person” a bad word as in NAACP?


10 posted on 01/18/2008 7:44:40 AM PST by 353FMG (Vote for the Person who will do the least damage to our country.)
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To: flowerplough
The politics of race has become a farce. I stopped caring or making allowances a long time ago. Some communities don't have their act together and don't seem to be able to thrive. That's not my problem.

I don't judge people by their skin color. I also don't put up with racists. And I define "racist" as anyone who places emphasis on skin color. Which is why I don't support UNCF, NAACP, or the Democrats.

11 posted on 01/18/2008 7:44:51 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: flowerplough
I don't know if the UNCF should change it's name, but the NAACP should just call itself the RCDDNC --- Race Card Department of the Democrat National Committee.

Truth in advertising.

12 posted on 01/18/2008 7:45:50 AM PST by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: dangus

Arkansas State appears to be in the process bending (over)for the NCAA.


13 posted on 01/18/2008 7:46:32 AM PST by preacher (A government which robs from Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: flowerplough
"Is Negro A Bad Word?"

No.
Eons ago in the world of Drafting (aka, before CAD), 'Negro' was a color name of an ink - aka black.

(I HATED 'Inking'. Thankfully I had to do very little of it)

14 posted on 01/18/2008 7:47:40 AM PST by Condor51 (I wouldn't vote for Rooty under any circumstance -- even if Waterboarded!)
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To: Condor51

I thought it means cheap or stingy


15 posted on 01/18/2008 7:50:18 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: al baby
I had my fingerprints taken yesterday and the form had a box reading ethnicity——Hispanic__ Non-Hispanic__. next box Skin Tone- I felt like an illegal alien in my own country
16 posted on 01/18/2008 7:51:34 AM PST by shadeaud
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To: flowerplough

So now we have two “N-words?”


17 posted on 01/18/2008 7:52:02 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I resolve to remember to write "08" on my checks.)
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To: aroundabout

“I swear pissing off liberals will add 20 years to my life”

I love it!!!


18 posted on 01/18/2008 7:52:02 AM PST by SWEETSUNNYSOUTH (Help stamp out liberalism!)
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To: flowerplough

The NAACP should rename themselves the National Association of Angry Colored People.


19 posted on 01/18/2008 7:53:38 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I resolve to remember to write "08" on my checks.)
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To: flowerplough

I’m from Michigan. But, I lived in a tiny rural community in GA for eight years. The African American of Michigan does not always closely resemble one from Georgia. Sometimes it has to do with geography, other times because of social circles, and also is influenced by age.

I know of a wonderful elderly black man, Mr. Thomas. He works at the tiny rural general store that was on our corner. He sees himself as a colored man... that is his world view. But I guarantee that his son sees himself as a black man, or as an African American.

Age does play into this issue. As the older generations leave us, there is a shift in viewpoint. This is just a natural progression of things.


20 posted on 01/18/2008 7:54:00 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife
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To: inkling
Today, the term “colored people” is considered offensive while “people of color” is considered sensitive.

So it's settled then..."NAACP" will hereafter change its name to "NAAPC".

21 posted on 01/18/2008 7:54:26 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: flowerplough
I can remember when calling an African/American “black” was a terrible insult, they were Negros, thank you very much!
22 posted on 01/18/2008 7:54:59 AM PST by Ditter
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To: flowerplough

Negro is sort of a 50’s expression, they need to move into the 70’s and call themselves the United Afro-American College Fund, then in twenty years they can call themselves the Black College Fund and then in 20 more years............


23 posted on 01/18/2008 7:55:27 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: flowerplough

“Rearranging the deck chairs?”
.....I think so....in my area the public black colleges are being “integrated” by whites/Asians/Hispanics....the private black ones have money problems....the days of the purely all Negro college are fading....plus people are questioning the need....example: several years ago the need for a University of Washington,DC law school was raised....there are already 90,000 lawyers(not a typo)in Washington plus there are already 5 law schools there cranking out a fresh crop of attorneys every May...so why is another law school needed just for blacks?


24 posted on 01/18/2008 7:56:12 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: flowerplough

I have an idea. Let’s call them “Americans.”


25 posted on 01/18/2008 7:58:27 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the politics in politics.)
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To: Condor51
Eons ago in the world of Drafting (aka, before CAD), 'Negro' was a color name of an ink - aka black.

And a "jig" was a fixture for holding parts during manufacture and "dikes" were diagonal cutters (pliers), and an "RCH" was...oops, better not go there. Our PC world has sure messed up our language.

26 posted on 01/18/2008 7:59:08 AM PST by Cracker Jack (If it weren't for the democrats, republicans would be the worst thing in Washington.)
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To: dangus

I was just about to ping the NC list for the same reason...good thing I read it through!


27 posted on 01/18/2008 7:59:09 AM PST by Bat_Chemist (The devil has already outsmarted every "Bright".)
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To: STONEWALLS
The Chevy Chase/Richard Prior “Word Association” video would be posted here, if it weren’t deleted from every site due to it’s “insensitive” content.

Lighten up America!

28 posted on 01/18/2008 7:59:23 AM PST by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: aroundabout
I have several liberal acquaintances (I live in NJ) and when with them and the subject of minorities (blacks) comes up I NEVER refer to them as blacks but Negroes or colored people. It drives these people absolutely NUTS.

Kinky Friedman drew the wrath of the PC types for using the word "negro" while running for governor.

29 posted on 01/18/2008 8:00:41 AM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: flowerplough
Isn't this the same thing Kentucky Fried Chicken did to distance itself from the bad perception that people have of fried foods?

Last I checked KFC still actually fries chicken...

30 posted on 01/18/2008 8:01:34 AM PST by null and void (Conservatives are tired of being sucked up to every 4 years and stabbed in the back for the next 3.)
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To: weegee

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/09/21/ap/politics/mainD8K8UJLG0.shtml

Texas Candidate Accused of Racist Crack AUSTIN, Texas, Sep. 21, 2006


31 posted on 01/18/2008 8:02:53 AM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: Condor51

I remember sitting on a terrace overlooking the Via Veneto while sipping Negronis. Holy molies!


32 posted on 01/18/2008 8:04:04 AM PST by mathurine
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To: inkling
Today, the term “colored people” is considered offensive while “people of color” is considered sensitive. That’s just nuts.

As a Person of Pallor, I agree...

33 posted on 01/18/2008 8:04:12 AM PST by null and void (Conservatives are tired of being sucked up to every 4 years and stabbed in the back for the next 3.)
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To: shadeaud

I always check native American I was born here so why knot


34 posted on 01/18/2008 8:04:44 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: PapaBear3625

NAAPC might fit the bill perfectly for that organization...


35 posted on 01/18/2008 8:05:02 AM PST by NCLaw441
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To: Ditter

I will say that I do not like seeing the terms black or white used to label a person (as in “blacks” or “whites”). They can be referred to as “black people” or “white people” but they are beyond just a color.


36 posted on 01/18/2008 8:05:33 AM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: flowerplough

NEGRO is ok... United Negro College Fund!


37 posted on 01/18/2008 8:05:56 AM PST by JFC (I am now a MITTEN)
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To: gathersnomoss

“The Chevy Chase/Richard Prior “Word Association” video”

...I remember that skit; I saw them do it...jeeze, if SNL were to do one like that today the FCC would pull them off the air....and you know the funny thing?....back then guys like Pryor and Flip Wilson had huge white audiances.....I don’t think there’s a black comedian today that’s as popular with the whole country.


38 posted on 01/18/2008 8:06:29 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: Cracker Jack
and an "RCH" was...oops, better not go there

Ah, yes, the smallest unit of measurement in the known universe

39 posted on 01/18/2008 8:06:50 AM PST by tx_eggman ("they want to be judged on their intentions, not their results" - libtards official motto)
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To: null and void
As a Person of Pallor, I agree...

LOL. Better than Ecru-American, I suppose.

40 posted on 01/18/2008 8:08:53 AM PST by inkling (exurbanleague.com)
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To: Ditter
Most “African-Americans” would be hard pressed to name five African countries and the capitals of each country.

BTW, there are five airlines flying out of Houston to Tanzania, Africa. It costs between $1,100 and $1,600 to fly one-way, depending on the airline. So if they really prefer Africa over America, it should be easy to save/borrow/steal $1,600 bucks and just go.

41 posted on 01/18/2008 8:10:14 AM PST by Tahoe3002
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To: PapaBear3625

Does that mean “liberal idiots” is not acceptable, where as “idiots who are liberal” is ok?


42 posted on 01/18/2008 8:10:28 AM PST by Disturbin ("Hey Obama, suck on this machine gun!" - Ted Nugent)
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To: al baby
Very few people are “caucasian” but the term holds in America.

Cau·ca·sian
adjective
1. Anthropology. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of one of the traditional racial divisions of humankind, marked by fair to dark skin, straight to tightly curled hair, and light to very dark eyes, and originally inhabiting Europe, parts of North Africa, western Asia, and India: no longer in technical use.

2. of or pertaining to the Caucasus mountain range.

3. of or related to the non-Indo-European, non-Turkic languages of the Caucasus region.

noun
4. Anthropology. a member of the peoples traditionally classified as the Caucasian race, esp. those peoples having light to fair skin: no longer in technical use.

5. a native of Caucasia.

[Origin: 1800-10)

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.


Cauc·a·sian

adj.

Anthropology Of or being a human racial classification distinguished especially by very light to brown skin pigmentation and straight to wavy or curly hair, and including peoples indigenous to Europe, northern Africa, western Asia, and India. See Usage Note at race1.
Of or relating to a racial group having white skin, especially one of European origin; white.
Of or relating to the Caucasus region or its peoples, languages, or cultures.

Of or relating to a group of three language families spoken in the region of the Caucasus mountains, including Chechen, Abkhaz, and the Kartvelian languages.

n.
Anthropology A member of the Caucasian racial classification.

A native or inhabitant of the Caucasus.
The Caucasian language family.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


Caucasian

1807, from Caucasus Mountains, between the Black and Caspian seas; applied to the “white” race 1795 (in Ger.) by Ger. anthropologist Johann Blumenbach, because their supposed ancestral homeland lay there; since abandoned as a historical/anthropological term. Lit. meaning “resident or native of the Caucasus” is from 1843. The mountain range name is from Gk. kaukhasis, from Scythian kroy-khasis, lit. “(the mountain) ice-shining.”

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caucasian_race

With the turn away from racial theory in the late 20th century, the term “Caucasian” as a racial classification fell into disuse in Europe. Consequently, in the United Kingdom, the term “Caucasian” is more likely than in the United States to describe people from the Caucasus, although it may still be used as a racial classification.[27] Sarah A Tishkoff and Kenneth K Kidd state, “Despite disagreement among anthropologists, this classification remains in use by many researchers, as well as lay people.”[28] According to Leonard Lieberman, Rodney C. Kirk, and Alice Littlefield, the concept of race has all but been completely rejected by modern mainstream anthropology.[29] In 2003, United States National Library of Medicine stopped using the term Caucasian race in favor of the term “European”.[30] In the United States, the term “Caucasian” has been mainly a distinction based on looking white, and being descended from a people who are “from Europe” .

43 posted on 01/18/2008 8:11:50 AM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: STONEWALLS

Bill Cosby is still popular.

Add to that Jamie Foxx.

Chris Rock isn’t as popular.

And David Chapelle was more of a cable sensation.


44 posted on 01/18/2008 8:13:35 AM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
I have an idea. Let’s call them “Americans.”

That would discriminate against P-QUIS, People of Questionable or Unspecified Immigration Status.

(Who in the very best of Double Think traditions, cannot actually be questioned or quizzed as to their immigration status)...

45 posted on 01/18/2008 8:15:47 AM PST by null and void (Conservatives are tired of being sucked up to every 4 years and stabbed in the back for the next 3.)
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To: gathersnomoss
"The Chevy Chase/Richard Prior “Word Association” video would be posted here, if it weren’t deleted from every site due to it’s “insensitive” content... Lighten up America!"

Yeah - I can't wait for the remake of Blazing Saddles.

46 posted on 01/18/2008 8:16:12 AM PST by norton (deep down inside you know that Fred is your second choice - and there isn't a third choice)
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To: flowerplough

An awful lot of companies & organizations known by their acronymn have subsequently changed their name to that acronymn.


47 posted on 01/18/2008 8:16:22 AM PST by ctdonath2 (GWB wept for those who suffer. HRC wept for herself.)
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To: flowerplough

Who cares?


48 posted on 01/18/2008 8:17:26 AM PST by junta (It's Poltical Correctness stupid! Hold liberals accountable for their actions, a new idea.)
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To: weegee
I'll give an example of your comment. My mom bought me a membership in AARP for my 50th b-day. I asked her if she wasn't making herself feel old by having a daughter in AARP.

By the way, I never renewed and they still send me the magazine and newspaper.

49 posted on 01/18/2008 8:17:59 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: flowerplough

What ever they do, will they please add a few more commercials to the mix!!! I mean Samuel L. Jackson is a nice guy and all but is he the only one they ever helped??? How about a little variety.


50 posted on 01/18/2008 8:18:11 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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