17
Aug
07

Colored’-Full Language – Zadnichek refers to black people as “colored”

Colored’-Full Language -full article | by Farai Chideya
NPR.org

As our esteemed colleague Karen Grigsby Bates writes in her mystery novels, “It’s a small colored world.”

Now, while she may use the phrase, as an author, with a bit of the tongue in cheek, it’s hard to know in what spirit one of our guests used it.

We had a story today on an upcoming HIV/AIDS protest at an RV vacation park. We spoke to Silvia Glover, who brought her two year-old foster son to the resort. He’s HIV-positive. The resort chose not to let him use the pool or showers immediately. But Glover also thinks race played a factor.

We also spoke with property owner Ken Zadnichek. He argued that the Glover family didn’t let him check safety issues with the local health department, as he wanted to do for the benefit of not only the other residents, but the Glover’s foster son. And then, when I asked him about race, he said that he had plenty of “colored” guests come throught the resort.

Reaction? Some people who listened to the segment said “What did he say!?!?!” while others didn’t even notice it.

The most common words in use for people of African descent in America are African-American and black. But while the “n” word makes headlines as part of the Imus and rap debates, the “C” word, “Colored,” has largely dropped out of view.

Largely.

Now, language gets read into many ways… for its grammar, content, and delivery.

If you heard someone use Colored instead of black or African-American, would you make assumptions about their beliefs or politics?…”

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1 Response to “Colored’-Full Language – Zadnichek refers to black people as “colored””


  1. August 18, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Colored is not a bad word. But it is bad when someone says stuff like “colored gal” as it reminds me of the hateful southern whites.

    But we have to move past the color and start identifying ourselves with other things.
    A Black Child


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