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VILLAGE 101: Words and phrases can be weapons

Words or a combination of words such as ‘The pot calling the kettle Black,’ can be weapons with razor sharp edges; take stock of the word/phrases rolling off your tongue "The pot calling the kettle Black,"

Words or a combination of words such as ‘The pot calling the kettle Black,’ can be weapons with razor sharp edges; take stock of the word/phrases rolling off your tongue

“The pot calling the kettle Black,” is a racist phrase, as though there’s something inherently WRONG with “Black.” Monitor your speech, as this phrase is demeaning to Black people. Black is often used by Black Americans to render harm or a stinging rebuke, i.e., “You ol’ black mother fuc–,” “Get your black a– out of my face,” “Fuc- that black nigg–!”

While the origin of the phrase was not racial, a re-examination of the phrase in our contemporary racially polarized society should be reconsidered. In this case the adjective “black” is a negative. Examine the accompanying image.

The n-word is not the only reference in the English lexicon to inferiority. Words like coon, Uncle Tom, Sephin Fetchit, boot-licker, all are demoralizing terms Black Americans used to denigrate one another.

These negative references should be excised from the English lexicon, especially Black speech, post haste!

Have you been guilty of this?

 

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