Black is not a dirty word.

Fairfax, VA

I used to work in retail where we received commission, requiring customers to identify us. Customers always felt uncomfortable referring to me as “black.” I started to notice this tendency in other areas of my life. The hesitation suggests a sub-conscious/conscious negative mental connotation with the word. I like my blackness, do they?

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One Response to "Black is not a dirty word."
  1. Sarah says:

    Of course. Because the word is negative!

    does positives or negatives come to mind with the following expressions: Black magic, black market, a black day, black people – get it. Remember black is just English for negro. The sooner we stop accepting that term the better.

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