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Did you know uppity is a racist word?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Corvuscorax, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    And the world was a big silence.
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  2. Kandahar

    Kandahar Lead commenter

    Yes, not quite. I will continue using the word as I choose.
  3. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    We had a teacher at primary school who insisted it was a 'moat' and bailey castle, because castles have moats, you see. Also that German rye bread was black because it was so old...
  4. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Sure but be careful don't let it get you all uppity. ;)
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  5. Kandahar

    Kandahar Lead commenter

    I was born in Jamaica...so am exempted.
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  6. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    You might have missed the point I was trying to make, there now seems to be so many words / phrases then upset some people that the only way to seemingly avoid upsetting is to stay stum.
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  7. Kandahar

    Kandahar Lead commenter

    Indeed so - and that is perhaps one reason that staffrooms are redundant spaces.
  8. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

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  9. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    or maybe we have just said all we have to say, and finished! :)
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  10. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    I have always known it was racist. I think I came across it when reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at elementary school. I was surprised that people didn't know that it was racist. I suppose it was only because I have had half of my education in another country.
  11. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

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  12. Kandahar

    Kandahar Lead commenter

    Not really. You'd have to explain in what sense his use of uppity could be deemed racist in the context of single mothers.
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  13. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Not according to some posters who deem the word to be racist regardless of context
  14. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    You know no such thing.
  15. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    What are you talking about? I can not quote the actual page or which book but it is most certainly there somewhere. I presume you have read the books. Read them again.

    And also, I would ask what your experience of other countries education systems are? As I say I can not give you a firm reference, but I was aware that "uppity" was most definitely used as a reference to the slaves of the Southern States of America and I learnt this circa 1955 in Canada.

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