[Dixielandjazz] Just an Alabama...
kash at ran.es
Mon Nov 17 17:49:27 PST 2003
Dan asked, and Jim B. answered........
Dan, I don't beleive that 'Nigger' was necessarily a deragatory term
ago. It was in early usage simply a word to denote people of dark skin.
The same goes for 'darkie.'
And, I add......
My Mother married a St. Pete, Florida fella (a native of Florida) who
used those terms all the time, but with no particular meaning to them as
far as I could gather. They certainly weren't used in a derogatory
manner by him.
My kids today are shocked that I refer to "blacks" as Negroes....as
being of the Negroid race.
That was the term used when I used to live in the States. Each era
seems to have its own proper terms that should be used. And, of course,
my "phrases" are somewhat stuck in the 1950's.
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