Word Police

Recently a Cleveland, Ohio, radio station fired an employee for referring to Kamala Harris as the nation’s “first colored vice-presidential candidate.”-

To me his dismissal appears to be an example of political correctness on steroids.

When I was very young, I was taught that the polite term used to refer to a Black’s ethnicity was “negro.”  Somewhat later, the term “colored” gained more favor.  Later still, “Afro-American” became the standard, but that soon morphed to “African American.”  More recently, “Black” became the term in common usage.

I was not aware that using one of the earlier terms was considered derogatory, and I seriously doubt that the radio operator at WTAM meant any offense.

These are strange times.  This is not the America I know and love.   

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