Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Redefining Black

It is about time that BLACK needs to be redefined so let me begin...

There are a multitude of negative connotations associated with black as can be found in any dictionary and the larger the dictionary the more references and negative connotations abound. Such as:

Definitions of black on the Web:

  • being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light; "black leather ...
  • of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin; "a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization"- Martin Luther King Jr.
  • marked by anger or resentment or hostility; "black looks"; "black words"
  • offering little or no hope; "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things"
  • stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; "black deeds"; "a black lie"; "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"; "Darth Vader of the dark side"; "a dark purpose"; "dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility"; "the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent ...
  • (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin; "the stock market crashed on Black Friday"; "a calamitous defeat"; "the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"; "such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin; "it is ...
  • (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood; "a face black with fury"
  • the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
  • extremely dark; "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the cellar"
  • total darkness: total absence of light; "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night"
  • harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
  • British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
  • (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; "black propaganda"
  • popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
  • bootleg: distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes"
  • a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
  • (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame; "Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson; "an ignominious retreat"; "inglorious defeat"; "an opprobrious monument to human greed"; "a shameful display of cowardice"
  • (board games) the darker pieces
  • (of coffee) without cream or sugar
  • blacken: make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"
  • black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore black"
  • soiled with dirt or soot; "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"

So as you can see over the years and years of institutionalized racism how this tends to get out of hand. So let's REdefine BLACK because it is the primary term used to define African Americans in this country

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