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Subject:Re: PC From:"Townsend,Emru" <etownsend -at- POSITRON -dot- QC -dot- CA> Date:Fri, 18 Dec 1998 10:02:13 -0500
I'm sorry, I can't let this stand.
The terms "Negro", "colored people", "black", and "African American" are all
products of their times. The organizations haven't changed their names,
because their name is a link to when and why they were created. This
happened long before there was a "PC movement". You do us an enormous
amount of disrespect if you think we come up with terms out of some hidden
PC agenda or think we're so stupid as to not recognize the reasons and
histories of the terms.
Wrap your head around that, if you like. It's my last word on the subject
in this forum.
Technical Communication Warrior - Product Integration
Positron Public Safety Systems Inc.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
e-mail: etownsend -at- positron -dot- qc -dot- ca
My words are my own. Confuse them with my employer's at your own risk.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Maxey [SMTP:Bob_Maxey -at- MTN -dot- 3COM -dot- COM]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 1998 3:00 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: PC
> (Please, no flames) We have the United Negro College Fund, The National
> Association for the Advancement of Colored People, The Black Panthers...
> all terms to describe African Americans, which actually are Americans and
> have never been to Africa, but that is another flame war altogether. Why
> it then, that you can't use the words Black, or Colored or Negro without
> getting hammered? The problem with the PC movent is it is unreasonable and
> ridiculous People of Color will yell at me for calling then Negro, but
> will support the organization that uses the word in their title, and think
> this is fine.
> So I ignore the PC Movement completely. Fortunately, I can't offend those
> write for, but I do think it will happen.