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Women of color call out
Dictionary.com's 'offensive' definition
of 'black': 'This needs to change'

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 6/9/2019 2:23:43 PM

What is the definition of the word “black?” According to Dictionary.com, the synonyms associated with the word range from “gloomy,” to “threatening,” to “evil,” and even “soiled. The noun section adds that “black” is sometimes capitalized in reference to “a member of any of various dark-skinned peoples,” and “often offensive” when referring to African Americans. (Snip) Women of color online are speaking out because they believe “how we define words changes our perception,” explains one social media user, Nyshayla Barnes, a 20-year-old college student and one of the first few to call out Dicitonary.com online. “If a young Black person

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Now dictionaries are being scrutinized for racism. Some say the definition can lead to low self esteem and even suicide.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: bogeegolf 6/9/2019 2:35:38 PM (No. 94476)
If you need to look up the word black in the dictionary you should have low self esteem
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Reply 2 - Posted by: hoosierblue 6/9/2019 2:35:56 PM (No. 94477)
Is people of color the in- word now? Seems like some people of color are never happy. It use to be Negro, they didn't like that and wanted to be called colored. Then that didn't suit them and they wanted to called African American. Then it was Black. Now I guess it back to being colored again.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: AGGW 6/9/2019 2:39:16 PM (No. 94482)
Black was never a true descriptive word. Brown would be more applicable.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: CactusStar 6/9/2019 2:41:49 PM (No. 94486)
Actually, it's how people conduct themselves that changes others perceptions.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: voxpopuli 6/9/2019 2:43:48 PM (No. 94487)
cmon.. let's get that RACIST arnold SCHWARZENEGGER means EXACTLY what it says.. Black N word
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rumblehog 6/9/2019 2:44:27 PM (No. 94488)
Well, you ain't "black" in the first place. You're Negroes. Use the proper term. I can't stand how people latch onto a word and claim it for their own persuasion, such as "gay."
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Reply 7 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 6/9/2019 2:45:56 PM (No. 94490)
I'm so sick of what I call "selfists"....self-centerd crybabies. It's all about them, their selves, their egos... Not about country. Not about family. Not about GOD. Just about their "selves".. Damn selfists! What color are YOU? What sex are YOU? What race are YOU? What nationality are YOU? What political group are YOU? What geography are YOU? What ever happened to "Americans"? The loony left and their ilk destroy everything we stand for! Veterans for TRUMP 2020
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Reply 8 - Posted by: mc squared 6/9/2019 3:18:14 PM (No. 94520)
Black listed Black balled the Black Hand Black Magic Black Death A versatile word.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: fourpmfox 6/9/2019 3:20:49 PM (No. 94524)
I can only suppose that they have never heard the word being used as "profitable" such as "black type", "in the black" ??? PS - Would someone please explain to me why "colored people" is offensive while "people of color" is lauded ???
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Reply 10 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 6/9/2019 3:28:08 PM (No. 94527)
Lefties and libs have an obsession with rewriting language and history. The rest of us are busy making a living and taking care of our families.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: LoneVoice 6/9/2019 3:36:10 PM (No. 94531)
Leftists sure do love to change the definitions of words. Up is the new down. Evil is the new good. Satan is the new God.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab 6/9/2019 3:41:10 PM (No. 94534)
They should change the dictionary definition of stupid, because if stupid people read the definition of stupid, they may develop low self esteem , get depressed or even commit suicide
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Vaquero45 6/9/2019 3:44:07 PM (No. 94537)
Oh fer Chrissake. Get a life, and stop looking around corners for things to offend you. You'll have more trouble in life being named Nyshayla than anything else.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: dcbroome 6/9/2019 4:11:04 PM (No. 94547)
I guess they should've looked at the definitions of "black" first before they took on the term. The definitions came first. They were the ones who picked the word. What was wrong with the term Negroes?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Wary American 6/9/2019 4:17:45 PM (No. 94554)
Thank God for Candice Owens...
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Maggie2u 6/9/2019 4:22:59 PM (No. 94561)
Dictionary.com is changing the definition of the word Black, that's mighty white of them.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: cor-vet 6/9/2019 4:54:44 PM (No. 94572)
From the article...' lacking hue or brightness, and 'characterized by absence of light, enveloped by darkness.' I think that pretty well sums up the definition of the word, unless you add 'grievous lack of self esteem' or 'the constant feeling of entitlement.'
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Reply 18 - Posted by: ginadee 6/9/2019 4:54:50 PM (No. 94573)
A rose by any other name is still a rose. I am of Italian descent. You should have heard the names I was called while I was growing up, then I grew up and became an adult. The names didn't bother me anymore. I repeat "then I grew up and became an adult". There are some folks that will never be satisfied. They need to grow up. A negro, black person, a colored person, a person of color, an African American. To the perpetually offended, pick a name and stick with it. The world has other issues other than pleasing your insecurities about an identifiable name. My name for you all is TROUBLE.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Peeps 6/9/2019 5:03:32 PM (No. 94575)
#7, people with those ridiculous made up names are wearing a sign that says 'don't hire me'. My first impulse would be to not consider them for employment, unless they could prove that they weren't one of the typicals. Just think, a woman who would go to great imaginative lengths to give her child a deliberately 'non-white' name has probably reared that child to be a self-pitying hateful racist. All right, I know not always, but in many cases. Those poor kids have an extra hurdle to jump in their lives.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: seamusm 6/9/2019 5:11:57 PM (No. 94578)
I propose another synonym - STUPID?
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Reply 21 - Posted by: bubby 6/9/2019 5:27:37 PM (No. 94581)
It was a dark and stormy night! Is that “offensive” also? Where does it end with the left objecting to and changing the definition of words?
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Reply 22 - Posted by: lakerman1 6/9/2019 5:58:50 PM (No. 94598)
I used to caution my graduate students who were of African descent to think carefully in choosing first names for their children, looking ahead to resume writing and job applications. Don't ever give an HR manager a reason for not reading your resume - and in case he or she was even subconsciously racist, a Shaniqua or LaToya resume might not be completely read. The same logic applied to poor spelling or poor grammar in a resume.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/9/2019 6:02:09 PM (No. 94600)
Dang IT. I am a person of color. I'm PINK. PINK is a color.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: snakeoil 6/9/2019 6:05:43 PM (No. 94602)
Love black coffee and blackberries. What am I going to do?
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Reply 25 - Posted by: rochow 6/9/2019 6:10:52 PM (No. 94605)
Spot on #2. As a foreigner it used to be rather confusing what it was supposed to be. But I guess if you don't have much to do you start picking and accusing even a dictionary!
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Reply 26 - Posted by: StrikingViking 6/9/2019 6:11:34 PM (No. 94606)
The Left constantly changes terminology so as to identify conservatives by their use of newly-banned words. Very quickly, the old terms become "hate speech" and the Left bans those using the terms from the public forum. George Orwell described this process in his great work "1984."
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Reply 27 - Posted by: watashiyo 6/9/2019 6:14:23 PM (No. 94608)
I went through an Identity Crisis during my younger days. I was a patriotic American, inside an Asian body. In a culture of Black and White, I felt alienated because nobody talked about us. We were the silent American! Anyway, before I committed suicide, I checked Webster's Dictionary and found out I was,... "Yellow"! What a relief! Now I can identify myself as "Yellow-American". Yellow Brick Road, Yellow Submarine, MacDonald's M, Batman Logo, Bruce Lee's Yellow Jumpsuit, yellow duckie, Big Bird, French Fries, etc. They are all yellow and positive. Thank you, Mr. Webster, for saving my life!
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Rob_NC 6/9/2019 6:14:42 PM (No. 94609)
Well I'm a cracker...I find that amusing.. Would gramcracker be inappropriate...just asking..
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Reply 29 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/9/2019 6:16:31 PM (No. 94612)
How many 'Blacks' are actually BLACK? From my observation it's about 2%...the rest are shades of BROWN. Get over yourselves!
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Reply 30 - Posted by: red1066 6/9/2019 6:23:37 PM (No. 94615)
Looking for a problem where none exists.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Pepper Tree 6/9/2019 7:21:40 PM (No. 94633)
Nyshayla says “there are offensive words related to black.” So instead she calls herself a woman of color. Well that’s no good either. Asians, East Indians, Central Americans, Arabs and no doubt some Eskimos are calling themselves people of color. Sista, you ain’t no Japanese girl.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: TLCary 6/9/2019 8:12:15 PM (No. 94644)
Dictionaries don’t define the definition for society, they study and record how society defines words. It’s a “We The People” system, not an Authoritarian dictatorship. I can see why some people don’t get it... It’s just not their way.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: leonardo 6/9/2019 9:41:23 PM (No. 94674)
The Left is convinced that if only they can change the meaning of words to suit their manipulative purposes, they can control the way that Americans think. After all, if they can persuade the gullible that some words uttered by others make them "bad" or unacceptable, they can stifle free speech so as to control their opposition. Political Correctness is a big step towards that goal. George Orwell's 1984 vividly shows where a society ends up when such control is exercised, for our own good, of course. Expect this strategy from the racists, the baby-killers and the gun-confiscators, and their complicit media.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: SALady 6/9/2019 10:18:02 PM (No. 94686)
"1984" is happening, just 35 years late!!!
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Reply 35 - Posted by: tom7 6/9/2019 10:23:08 PM (No. 94690)
What needs to change is the incessant inane whining coming from these people. Just shut up already and get a real life.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: PChristopher 6/10/2019 1:26:24 AM (No. 94729)
I guess they can't stand accuracy
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Reply 37 - Posted by: Strike3 6/10/2019 2:22:01 AM (No. 94739)
You could call many of them "sweet cinnamon treats" but that still wouldn't make them good neighbors.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: Trigger2 6/10/2019 2:51:31 AM (No. 94749)
These entitlement special plantation people need to get a life. I'm sick of their special treatment and whining.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: Sam1 6/10/2019 6:15:07 AM (No. 94797)
99% of tv ads feature a smart Black lecturing a stupid White person on every product imaginable.
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Reply 40 - Posted by: kono 6/10/2019 10:08:55 AM (No. 95009)
The new proposed definition is going to be: black (n, v, adj, adv) - white.
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Reply 41 - Posted by: paral04 6/10/2019 11:58:58 AM (No. 95099)
What a pack of nitwits. We are all people of color. Some are black, or brown, or yellow, or reddish, or white. The Creator did that. Are they second guessing Him?
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