Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 13:31:15 -0500
From: CARRIE SUSANN ADDINGTON csaddi01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOREHEAD-ST.EDU
Subject: Re: PC Dictionaries?
On Mon, 27 Oct 1997, Evan Morris wrote:
I am personally outraged by the fact that a stereotypical label has
been placed in a dictionary as a meaningful word. Does white trash
exist in the dictionary?--same thing! I hate racism adn the fact that it
exists but to put it in the dictionary as a word.No! It is a damn
stereotype. Does anyone agree? Is anyone else upset with this?
Here's the NAACP press release:
BALTIMORE -- NAACP President & CEO Kweisi Mfume criticized the
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary's definition of a "nigger" as a
"black person" or a "member of a dark-skinned race" and has announced the
NAACP plans to join a national letter-writing campaign to pressure
Merriam-Webster to either drop or change the definition.
"The NAACP finds it objectionable that Merriam-Webster would use black
people as a definition for a racist term," Mfume said. "A 'nigger' is not a
black person or a member of a dark-skinned race as defined by
Merriam-Webster. It is not a definition of a person's race, but a derogatory
word," Mfume added. "There clearly needs to be a correction immediately."
President Mfume warned the publishers of Merriam-Webster that if the
dictionary is not changed more forceful action will be taken.
"We will soon be asking colleges, universities and public school systems to
cease purchasing the dictionary if changes are not forthcoming," Mfume said.
"It is unacceptable that such a word would be used to define African
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Carrie Susann Addington
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