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Old 15 February 2018, 06:23 PM
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The history of that word in this country is clear. Its use may initially not have been intended as a personal pejorative toward a particular individual, but it was used from the beginning here to refer to, and distinguish from white people, an enslaved people who were regarded and treated as chattel. It is steeped in that history, cut from that cloth, and it will likely never be divorced from that history -- at least not in my lifetime. There is a reason it carries the weight it does, and it isn't because its meaning has changed.

An early 20th C. example of its impact.
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