#76. The term "Negro"

Negro Mountain will be renamed soon

“Oh my lucky stars. A negro.” So says Brendan Fraser’s character in the movie Blast From the Past upon emerging from an underground bomb shelter. His character had never seen a live Black person, spending the first 35 years of his life surviving purported radiation from a nuclear war between America and the USSR.

Imagine his surprise at seeing a Black woman, delivering the mail. Oh my stars, a negro!

Black people find this word incredibly offensive, adding it to a long list of words they deem intolerably cruel and in need of retiring.

Negro is a word, like niggardly, black hole, water buffalo,  black ice, the-word-that-must-not-be uttered (nigger), black diamonds and any synonym of “black” that is used with negative connotations that will be banned from usage within the next five years.

We have gone on record as stating that when The White House is deemed an offensive remnant of patriarchal, white society and a non-inclusive term that that is when it’s time to consider vacating Black Run America (BRA) completely. A close second is when Stone Mountain in Georgia is forced to remove the massive engraving of Jackson, Lee and Davis upon the side of that  granite mountain.

But first order of business in the march through retiring offensive terms is negro, and all vestiges of this nefarious word must be completely eradicated:

The use of the term “negro” on the government’s 2010 census form has offended some members of the black community in the New York metropolitan area, CBS News station WCBS-TV in New York reported Thursday.

The form – created by the U.S. Census Bureau and approved by Congress more than a year ago – allows people to identify themselves as “negro” during the government’s decennial population count for the United States, WCBS-TV reports.

Respondents for the form can check a box identifying themselves as “negro,” “African American” and “black.” All three terms appear next to the same box.

“The fact that it’s 2010 and they’re still putting ‘negro,’ I am a little offended,” Secaucus, N.J., resident Dawud Ingram told WCBS-TV. “African Americans haven’t been going by the term ‘negro’ for decades now. It’s really confusing.”

Census officials told WCBS-TV that the term was added to this decade’s form after some respondents – primarily older blacks – wrote “negro” on the form in 2000.

But Chanou Wilshire told WCBS-TV she found the inability to choose one term over another to be “highly offensive.”

Negro simply means Black in Spanish. Any attempts to resurrect the usage of the term negro will be met with righteous indignation from Black people desirous of continuing a full-frontal assault on every traditional institution in America that represents Pre-Obama America.

White people once used the term negro when Black people were denied basic rights and equality before the law, something that the descendants of those oppressive white people now enjoy in BRA. Why would Black people want that phrase inserted back into the polite vernacular of white people?

Indeed Black elected are waging a war to remove names from historical records and places that utilize the term negro:

Two proposed state laws could change some Florida place names, replacing racially offensive epithets with names more acceptable by today’s standards. 

The issue divides proponents who say the offensive names are a “needless irritant” and others who fear changing place names will cause us to lose parts of our history. 

State Sen. Steven Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, introduced a bill requiring state agencies and local governments to identify offensive names and find suitable replacements. Local governments would decide which features in their area should be changed. 

Rep. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, has introduced a similar bill in the House. 

“All I’m suggesting is local governments look at potentially offensive names,” Geller said. “They would change them themselves, and I’m not saying the state should dictate changes.” 

 The bills are making their way through legislative committees in Tallahassee. 

The Treasure Coast has four of 13 derogatory name sites in Florida. The names are listed in the Geographic Name Information System, maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

A 1987 St. Lucie County property appraiser’s map shows Nigger Jim Scrub, 600 acres of woods near the Okeechobee County line south of SR 70. A wall map published by a private company in 1988 shows Niggerhead Point on the St. Lucie River in Port St. Lucie, but Negro Cove on the Indian River Lagoon in Martin County. 

The federal government changed such names in 1963 and topographical maps now show Negro Jim Scrub, Negro Head Point and Negro Cut, a water passage near Jack Island State Park. A Web site lists the more offensive names as a variation of the modern ones. 

Whether the “newer” names are acceptable may be a matter for more debate.
“I asked black legislators if Negro is offensive, and they said it is,” Geller said.

In Maryland, escaping to Negro Mountain for an afternoon of fun climbing, picnicking and adventure is about to be a thing of the past. Why? Negro mountain is offensive:

A Maryland state senator said Monday that she has introduced a bill seeking to rename two Appalachian peaks, Negro Mountain and Polish Mountain, citing cultural sensitivities.

State Sen. Lisa Gladden, a Baltimore Democrat, said she was joined by eight other Democratic co-sponsors in offering a proposal that would seek to create a commission to come up with new names by year’s end. She said new names are needed to more accurately reflect the history and culture of Maryland’s western Appalachian region near the state line with Pennsylvania.

Gladden said the name Negro Mountain has bothered her for years.

Yet lawmakers from the state’s mountainous western panhandle said the bill reflects political correctness taken to an extreme by legislators in Baltimore and Maryland’s Washington suburbs.

“It’s just asinine,” Delegate Kevin Kelly, an Allegany Democrat, told the Cumberland Times-News.

The bill revives a debate that last peaked in the mid-1990s when the Domestic Names Committee of the U.S. Board of Geographic Names refused to rechristen Negro Mountain as Black Hero Mountain. The committee found that the mountain’s name was not applied in a derogatory sense.

Supporters say Negro Mountain is dedicated to the heroism of an 18th century black man, though details are unclear. There is little in the historical record on the origins of the name Polish Mountain.

Sen. Jennie Forehand, a Montgomery Democrat, said both Negro and Polish mountains should have prettier names.

“Maybe I don’t know the history of how those mountains got named but I think if they were in my district, I would like to have a name that was perhaps more scenic,” she told AP.

Gladden’s proposal doesn’t include a call to rename another Maryland peak, Big Savage Mountain, but she said she also finds that name objectionable.

To Black people, everything about America is culturally insensitive. The American flag flew over slavery a whole lot longer than the Confederate flag and one day a movement will be made to create a flag that denotes our vibrant diversity.

Playing the consummate victim is vital to improving the collective fortunes of all Black people and deciding that any and all references to the term negro constitute grounds for censorship is but one front of their continued, unopposed march through sanitizing American history.

“Oh my lucky stars! A negro.” In future showings of Blast From the Past on network TV, this line will be scrubbed clean, because it is incredibly culturally insensitive.

Stuff Black People Don’t Like includes the term “negro”.  They had a league of their own and it was called the Negro Leagues, but this fact utilizes a term that is on the outs in BRA. Better climb Negro Mountain while you still can.



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