Saturday, May 23, 2015

Microaggression in Henrietta, NY

"Jack Moore used a racist phrase to describe African Americans and many are calling for his resignation" — Henrietta supervisor asked to step down. The racist term was "city cousins."

In Swahili, the language of East Africa and Kwanzaa (but not of the ancestors Black Americans, Barack Hussein Obama notwithstanding), the expression "Hujambo, ndugu" ("Hello cousin") is friendly and not microaggressive, at least according to Mwalimu Erastus Namulala, under whom I studied the language.

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Blogger Steve Hayes said...

Off-topic comment, not a propos of what you said in this post, but just a note that about the time you changed your blog title, there was an argument in the alt.usage.english newsgroup, where someone queried my use of the term "Burned-over district", and said that such a place did not exist (he had earlier said the same thing of El Paso, Illinois -- how could I, as a South African, refer to places in the USA that he, an American, had not heard of?). Now I can point to your blog as an example!

I also recently read a novel set in the same general area. It wasn't a very good novel (my review here: The lake of dreams), but it did describe driving from place to place in the area, and, according to one account one of my wife's ancestors was said to have come from there -- unlikely, as a better historian described it as "a howling wilderness" about the time he was said to have been born (1790).

May 25, 2015 at 4:11 AM  

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