January 18, 2010, - 3:04 pm
Over the weekend, I read one of the most awful, depressing, stupid, waste of time books I’ve ever made the mistake of reading: “Where the God of Love Hangs Out,” by best-selling author and short story writer Amy Bloom, given to me as a gift (why, I don’t know). Yeah, I know–the title gave it away. Total dreck–the typical crap far too many women are reading, these days. It’s amazing this woman teaches writing at Yale, or maybe not so amazing–since colleges love to seek out New Age psychobabblers like Bloom. Believe me, nothing you can say about this will make me think less of myself for making the mistake of reading it than I already do. Yuck.
And the woman is a uber-liberal whose villains are Republicans, NRA members, etc. You get the picture. What a mistake. (Thankfully, I also got in a fun hike through beautiful, snow-covered wooded areas near where I live, which made up for it.)
The reason I’m bringing this up is that, in the book, she uses the word, “negritude, ” which essentially means pride in one’s Blackness.
“Game of Pharaohs [DS: chess],” William says. The kid must study Egypt. Mummies and Cleopatra’s negritude and the pyramids are what pass for history now.
The full Merriam-Webster definition:
Main Entry: ne·gri·tude
Pronunciation: \?ne-gr?-?tüd, ?n?-, -?tyüd\
Etymology: French négritude, from nègre Negro + -i- + -tude
1 : a consciousness of and pride in the cultural and physical aspects of the African heritage
2 : the state or condition of being black
And I’m wondering whether or not–given that it’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and there was such a huge uproar over Harry Reid’s use of the word “Negro” (“Negro dialect”)–we’re still allowed to use that word. Not that I’ve ever used the word, but . . . .
After all, the word is a form of the word, “Negro.” And there’s even a popular South American musical group, “Negritude Junior.” So, are we still allowed to use it, since it’s about pride in being Black? Or will that make us racist? I’m confused. Maybe only liberals from Yale with over-rated short stories are allowed to utter the word. Or maybe even they should be fired for using it.
Not sure yet if the PC police (on the right, including Fraudkin, and the left) have issued a ruling. Please let me know when they do.
Yup, this is how far we’ve come in the “civil rights movement.” Lest we risk attack from all ideological sides, we must hyper-sensitively watch what we say, no matter how innocently and in what context it is uttered.
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