Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Recently, a discussion came up regarding race and "Politically Correct"-speak. I remembered an old Bloom County cartoon strip, drawn by the infamous Berke Breathed, who captured the hypocricy of the situation. Lo, I found the transcript of the strip online, and I detail it here for the masses:

Mom: That's the most adorable little colored girl playing outside.
Steve Dallas: "Colored"? You're saying "colored people" in 1988? You know better, Ma.
Mom: Then why the "National Association for Colored People? I don't think Negroes mind at all.
Steve: Don't say "Negroes," Ma! You can't say "Negroes"!
Mom: Can I say "United Negro College Fund"?
Steve: You are baiting me, Ma!
Dad: That's it. We're leaving.
Mom: Stay put, Reginald. "Mister Socially Sensitive" isn't finished shaming his parents into enlightenment.
Steve: Everybody just calm down. Let's agree to use the New-Age term "People of Color."
Mom: People of Color.
Steve: People of Color.
Mom: Colored people.
Steve: NO!!
Dad: We're leaving.

From a "Bloom County" comic strip by Berke Breathed, © 1989 by the Washington Post Company.

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