Thursday, 1 December 2011
A Sweden Democrat politician in southern Sweden recently made the papers after saying on Facebook that the word “negro” is not a racist term.

“No, for me a negro is a negro. There is nothing negative with that at all,” Annika Rydh of Älmhult, Småland, told local paper Smålandsposten on Monday.

The debate kicked off after Rydh answered the query “Is it racist to say negro?” in a Facebook post. To her, the answer is no.

According to the paper there have been many reports to the Swedish Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen, DO) pertaining to the word and several companies and government agencies have been made to pay damages to people who feel discriminated against when that particular word has been used.

But Rydh told the paper that it is not the word but how it is used that is important.

“It shouldn't be an insult to be called a negro. There is the red race, the yellow race, and then there's me, who is of the white race. A negro is a negro. There is nothing demeaning with that,” Rydh told Smålandsposten.

Rydh also told the paper that things have gone too far and that if it continues in this fashion it will soon be impossible to say anything at all.

“We do have freedom of speech in this country, after all,” Rydh told Smålandsposten.

According to Rydh, despite the fact that some may feel the word is demeaning most of the people she knows wouldn't mind at all. But these are no people of colour, the paper pointed out.

“No, I don't know many negroes, there aren't that many in our area,” Rydh told the paper.

She retained the firm belief that it is the context that should determine when it is acceptable to use the term, and if someone feels insulted they should just say so.

Annika Rydh is one of two Sweden Democrats on the municipal council in Älmhult.
Source: The Local

There is actually no realistic alternative to the use of the word negro. The multicultists have started using the word "black" to apply to anyone not of European ancestry. The head of the Black Police Association, for example, was an Iranian - until he was indicted and sent to prison.

Here is what the British Sociological Association has to say about the word 'Black' in its guide to the use of language:
Black

Black is a term that embraces people who experience structural and institutional discrimination because of their skin colour and is often used politically to refer to people of African, Caribbean and South Asian origin to imply solidarity against racism.

The term originally took on political connotations with the rise of black activism in the USA in the 1960s when it was reclaimed as a source of pride and identity in opposition to the many negative connotations relating to the word "black" in the English language (black leg, black list etc.). In the UK however, there is an on-going debate about the use of this term to define South Asian peoples because of the existence of diverse South Asian cultural identities. In the USA, the term 'people of colour' is increasingly used instead of, or alongside black.

Some South Asian groups in Britain object to the use of the word "black" being applied to them. Some sociologists argue that it also conflates a number of ethnic groups that should be regarded separately - Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Indians and so on.

Whilst there are many differences between and within each of the groups, the inclusive term black refers to those who have a shared history of European colonialism, neo-colonialism, imperialism, ethnocentrism and racism. One solution to this is to refer to "black peoples", "black communities" etc., in the plural to imply that there are a variety of such groups.
Source

The NUJ Guidelines on Race Reporting say this:
Think carefully about the words you use. Words which were once in
common usage are now considered offensive, e.g. half-caste and
coloured. Use mixed-race and black instead. Black can cover people of
Arab, Asian, Chinese and African origin.

If you want to indicate people of recent African ancestry, therefore, the term "black" is not adequate. "Negro" is the most obvious choice.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the word negro, although I have seen comments deleted on newspaper comment sites simply for using it. In 1964 Martin Luther King said this:
I think we may be able to get a Negro president in less than 40 years. I would think that this could come in 25 years or less."

3 comments:

Chrysostomos said...

There are blacks, those who contribute positively to society and behave in a normal way with no hangups about race, no delusions of belonging to a gangsta [sic] culture and no misogyny/chauvinism.

Then, there are niggers.

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If Malcolm X had a son, would he have been assigned by his father's followers and organizations, to top their plan? Did this happen already?

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