I am a middle aged white man, non-racist, and aware of Imus but never followed his show. The evolution of the Imus story has caught everyone's attention and it gave me the idea of discussing the topic of color today, Black Friday the 13th.
While thinking about writing this blog I was reflecting back over all the people I have known through the years, more specifically all the black people. I grew up in the 60's & 70's... The age of racial tension, Black Power, The Black Panthers, The Doors sang about "Blood in the Streets in the town of New Haven". I went to school with black kids and my scout troop included black boys.
Undoubtedly you noticed I used the word Black quite often. My point is that although the politically correct term seems to change every decade, the word black was never considered racist in my day. Even when I make an effort to be politically correct it backfires. Recently I have heard the term "people of color" used several times so I asked my wife and son if the modern day usage of "colored people" was now the correct term.
NO.... You can't say that!
Today I took a look at the NAACP web site. (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) They still use the term "colored people" instead of modernizing to African-Americans. They also refer to the Frenchmen as black, maybe he wasn't from Africa.
A specific word should not be twisted into a racial slur when it was never intended that way. I find it ridiculous when people take offense to such minor things. But... who cares what whitie thinks. I actually heard that used the other day, in conversation with a Puerto Rican girl that I'm sure will read this. I stopped and said what do you mean whitie.... she said you know... a gringo... I just laughed. Should I have been offended?