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About My Imputed Racism
|Two Negroes by Rembrandt Van Rijn
Some time ago there was quite a brouhaha over my accusing Stanley Ann Dunham of marrying “an African savage.” I’m still astonished that anyone took offense, because savage has always been a legitimate term for natives of primitive nations of any kind. For the record: I don't consider American Negroes to be "savages," even if some of the inner city ones act that way.
What bugs the you-know-what out of me is the way certain perfectly polite, appropriate terms have been politicized –– by the left, of course –– and are now considered "bad words." It’s a form of bullying –– purely a tactic designed to intimidate or embarrass non-leftists into submission. I continue to use these words very deliberately, because I think it's important to stand up to tyranny, which is exactly what Political Correctness is. I too have had black friends, and have respected them and loved them dearly –– but never because they were black. I care for them, because they are great people.
It's the same with any number of Jews, Asians and Hispanics I've known and worked with. Only leftists love and adore Obama simply because he is a Negro.
By the way don't you remember Sidney Poitier's character Dr. Prentice was referred to by Katharine Houghton, his beautiful milky-white golden-haired love interest, as “a Negro” in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? –– surely one of the the most "progressive" films Hollywood ever produced?
But once more I have to say that where I come from "savage" was a perfectly polite, standard term of reference used to describe ANY primitive people who lived very close to Nature who were illiterate, ignorant and unsophisticated. It was applied to American Indians, native tribes living in the jungles of South and Central America and Australian Aborigines as well as to sub-Saharan Africans. It was never the moral equivalent of "nigger" –– a word I never use, unless I’m quoting someone else. If I had ever used that word as a child, my mother would have washed my mouth out with soap.
And even "nigger" was not considered offensive in England, until it too was co-opted and used as a weapon by leftist activists. Before that it was used freely –– often as a term of endearment –– in reference to the natives of India. Joseph Conrad wrote a literary classic called The Nigger of the Narcissus, and Agatha Christie published a novel called Ten Little Niggers. These distinguished writers were not trying to be offensive to anyone; they were using the normal parlance of their time.
And so it goes ...
belonging to a wood, wild, fr. silva a wood. See Silvan and Silvatyic
Of or pertaining to the forest; remote from human abodes and cultivation; in a state of nature; nature; wild; as, a savage wilderness.
Living in a State of Nature. Primitive, wild; untamed; uncultivated; as, savage beasts –– “Cornels, and savage berries of the wood.” - Dryden.
Uncivilized; untaught; unpolished; rude; as, savage life; savage manners.
“What nation, since the commencement of the Christian era, ever rose from savage to civilized without Christianity?” E. D. Griffin.
Characterized by cruelty; barbarous; fierce; ferocious; inhuman; brutal; as, a savage spirit. Syn. –– Ferocious; wild; uncultivated; untamed; untaught; uncivilized; unpolished; rude; brutish; brutal; heathenish; barbarous; cruel; inhuman; fierce; pitiless; merciless; unmerciful; atrocious. See ferocious
A human being in his native state of rudeness; one who is untaught; uncivilized, or without cultivation of mind or manners.
A man of extreme, unfeeling, brutal cruelty; a barbarian.