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Racist Language

It’s time to talk about language.

Racist language.

Systemic racist language.

“What’s that?” you may ask.

I’m not sure I want to answer you; I might put you on my blacklist.

Or, you may be one of the good guys; I want to answer you. I will whitelist you.

Do you see a pattern here?

Interestingly, when examining at least the English language, it appears rife with these racial innuendos, at least with color.

Take a look at this list of words and phrases below, compiled from the website Dictionary.com, with negative meanings and connotations around the word “black”.

black art

noun

witchcraft; magic.

 

black book

noun

a book of names of people liable to censure or punishment.

 

black comedy

noun

comedy that employs morbid, gloomy, grotesque, or calamitous situations in its plot.

 

Black Death

noun

a form of bubonic plague that spread over Europe in the 14th century and killed an estimated quarter of the population.

 

black dog

noun Informal.

melancholy; despondency; the blues:

 

black economy

noun

that portion of the income of a nation that remains illegally undeclared either as a result of payment in kind or as a means of tax avoidance

 

black eye

noun

discoloration of the skin around the eye, resulting from a blow, bruise, etc.

a mark of shame, dishonor, etc.: “These slums are a black eye to our town.”

damaged reputation: “Your behavior will give the family a black eye.”

 

Black Friday

noun

September 24, 1869, the date of a financial panic sparked by gold speculators.

the day after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days because of discounts offered by retailers.

 

Black Hand

noun

Italian La Mano Nera. any of various secret criminal groups organized in Italy and operating in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, practicing blackmail and violence.

an anarchistic society in Spain, suppressed in 1883.

a nationalistic society in Serbia, suppressed in 1914.

 

black hat

noun

a villain, as in a cowboy movie; bad guy.

Digital Technology. a hacker who violates the security of a system without the knowledge or consent of the owner or developer, as for personal profit or for the gratification of causing damage.

 

black humor

noun

a form of humor that regards human suffering as absurd rather than pitiable, or that considers human existence as ironic and pointless but somehow comic.

 

black knight

noun

commerce a person or firm that makes an unwelcome takeover bid for a company. Compare grey knight, white knight

 

blacklist

noun

a list of persons under suspicion, disfavor, censure, etc.: “His record as an anarchist put him on the government’s blacklist.”

a list privately exchanged among employers, containing the names of persons to be barred from employment because of untrustworthiness or for holding opinions considered undesirable.

a list drawn up by a labor union, containing the names of employers to be boycotted for unfair labor practices.

verb (used with object)

to put (a person, group, company, etc.) on a blacklist.

 

black magic

noun

magic used for evil purposes; witchcraft; sorcery (contrasted with white magic).

 

black mark

noun

an indication of failure or censure: “His chronic lateness is a black mark against him.”

 

Black market

noun

An underground economy or shadow economy, is a clandestine market or series of transactions that has some aspect of illegality or is characterized by some form of noncompliant behavior with an institutional set of rules

 

Black Mass or black mass

noun

a blasphemous ceremony mocking the Christian Mass, especially one by an alleged worshiper of Satan.

a Requiem Mass.

 

black money

noun

income earned surreptitiously or illegally, usually in cash, and not reported to the government so as to avoid paying taxes on it.

 

black sheep

noun

a sheep with black fleece.

a person who causes shame or embarrassment because of deviation from the accepted standards of his or her group.

 

black spot

noun

Plant Pathology. a disease of plants, characterized by black spots on the fruit and foliage, twig lesions, defoliation, and rotting, caused by any of several fungi, as Diplocarpon rosae, or bacteria.

British.

a hazardous place in a road where accidents frequently occur.

a dangerous area or place.

 

black-letter day

noun

an unlucky or tragic day.

 

blackamoor

noun Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.

a contemptuous term used to refer to any dark-skinned person.

 

blackball

verb (used with object)

to vote against (a candidate, applicant, etc.).

to exclude socially; ostracize: “The whole town blackballed them.”

to reject (a candidate) by placing a blackball in the ballot box.

noun

a negative vote, especially in deciding on an applicant or candidate.

a black ball placed in a ballot box signifying a negative vote.

 

blacken

verb (used with object)

to make black; darken.

to speak evil of; defame: “to blacken a person’s reputation.”

 

blacky or blackie

noun, plural blackies. Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.

 

blackmail

noun

any payment extorted by intimidation, as by threats of injurious revelations or accusations.

the extortion of such payment: “He confessed rather than suffer the dishonor of blackmail.”

a tribute formerly exacted in the north of England and in Scotland by freebooting chiefs for protection from pillage.

verb (used with object)

to extort money from (a person) by the use of threats.

to force or coerce into a particular action, statement, etc.: “The strikers claimed they were blackmailed into signing the new contract.”

 

My point is simple here.

The systemic racism which is being protested through the United States of America, is blatantly written in to our current English language.

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