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Intellectuals and Race

usathoughts Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 2:26 PM
I was never comfortable with term 'black'. I view it as a slur, derogatory at best. And, no, I am not Negro.
TommyMaq Wrote: Mar 21, 2013 2:14 PM
So what? That is what *blacks* overwhelming prefer to be called, and call themselves.

...or did you have some better source to consult to learn the correct adjective?
rightmostofthetime Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 3:44 PM
I've had many black friends and acquaintances. None of them had a problem with the term "black." The term was, in fact, put forth by blacks in the 60's as a more respectful reference than negro or "colored."
TommyMaq Wrote: Mar 21, 2013 2:15 PM
Hear hear!

If 'white' can be used to describe people who range in color from albino to brown, then 'black' can also be used to describe people who range in color from albino to brown.
Kgorges Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 3:06 PM
Then what term is appropriate? African American is misleading because well over 99 percent of blacks in America have never stepped foot in Africa. Also, when we label ourselves as African American, Asian American etc.,; isn't that also a form of segregation?
America is Over Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 3:26 PM
It also get ridiculous when a suspect breaking into a car is described as "African-American".
We can see that he's black. We have no evidence that he is American.

My favorite, however, was a newspaper profile of a popular photographer, based in New Zealand, who specializes in baby photos. They mentioned she gets flack that they are primarily white babies but they explained it was due to the shortage of "African-American babies" in New Zealand. Duh.
There is also a shortage of Italian-American babies in New Zealand, Irish-American babies in New Zealand, etc. It's NEW ZEALAND.

After reading Dr. Thomas Sowell's latest book, "Intellectuals and Race," one cannot emerge with much respect for the reasoning powers of intellectuals, particularly academics, on matters of race. There's so much faulty logic and downright dishonesty.

Many intellectuals attribute the behavior patterns of blacks to "a legacy of slavery" or contemporary racial discrimination. But when one observes similar behavior patterns among Britain's lower-class whites, which can't be attributed to "a legacy of slavery" or discrimination, it calls into question the explanations for black behavior.

It's lamented that blacks are "the last hired" and, during an economic downturn, "the first fired," because...