Accidental Racism

2 months, 14 days ago

Sometimes an innocent term in one language can be very offensive and carry an entirely different message in another language. One Waffles and Pancakes comic is just about that. A boy gets an aquarium, and names his fish Negro. Soon everything escalates promptly to accidental racism.

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D.T. Saranya says that the story is inspired by her fish whose name was “Negrillo”. “Negro” entails “black” in Spanish and Portuguese, and derived from the Latin word “niger”, entailing “black”. In the U.S. “Negro” was accepted as normal until after the later African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960 s. However, during the course of its 1950 s and 1960 s, some black American leaders , notably Malcolm X, objected to the word “Negro” because they associated it with the long history of bondage, segregation, and discrimination that treated African-Americans as second class citizens, or worse.

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