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Old 06-22-2014   #260
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Default Re: Should the Redskins change their name?

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Originally Posted by Nitrofish View Post
I would invite you to read this article and give your thoughts after reading it, as well as all of the others who voted yes, or assert that the term is actually a racial slur.

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Thanks Nitro, that interesting and ironic because it sounds similar to the origin of another word.

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The word originated as a neutral term referring to black people, as a variation of the Spanish/Portuguese noun negro, a descendant of the Latin adjective niger ("color black")
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/n*gger (replace the * to see the link)

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The history of the word ****** is often traced to the Latin word niger, meaning Black. This word became the noun, Negro (Black person) in English, and simply the color Black in Spanish and Portuguese. In early modern French, niger became negre and, later, negress (Black woman) was unmistakably a part of language history. One can compare to negre the derogatory ****** and earlier English substitutes such as negar, neegar, neger, and niggor that developed into its lexico-semantic true version in English. It is probable that ****** is a phonetic spelling of the White Southern mispronunciation of Negro.

No matter what its origins, by the early 1800s, it was firmly established as a derogative name
http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_e...-brief-history

Just like the word above, redskin too became a derogatory word used by whites. Interesting how both started as just referring to someone by their skin color.
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