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Offline Reginald Hudlin

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Stop Calling Black People ‘Urban’
« on: March 21, 2012, 03:44:24 pm »
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Stop Calling Black People ‘Urban’

Here is what the word "urban" means: "of, pertaining to, or designating a city or town; living in a city; characteristic of or accustomed to cities; citified." Here is what the word "urban" does not, in fact, mean: "black person." Let's all do our part to keep this straight.

One reader emailed us today, referring to a photo of murdered black teenager Trayvon Martin. In it, the reader said, Martin sports a gold tooth: "Gold front teeth on someone that young signify an adherence to urban/gangsta lifestyle." Now. Notwithstanding everything else wrong with that sentence, let's isolate this one simple fact: Trayvon Martin was killed in Sanford, Florida. Have you been to Sanford, Florida? I have. It is not urban.

Trayvon Martin was not "urban." Trayvon Martin was black. That is also why he was shot.

This is not to imply that only moronic people on the internet use this misnomer."Urban marketing" is synonymous with marketing to black people. "Urban fiction" is black fiction. "Urban" music is common parlance for black music, even if it comes from the country. And the number of pundits who drop the "urban" code word while stumbling in search of something to say other than "black" is impossible to count.

Are black people urban? Sure, sometimes. Here are some other things that are urban: multiple Starbucks locations in a two-block radius, The Real Housewives of New York, and power lunches at The Essex House. But you know what the most urban thing is, these days?

White people.

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Re: Stop Calling Black People ‘Urban’
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2012, 01:00:52 am »
young black teenagers need to get hip to the idea of self determination and how detrimental it is to let bigots define us.

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Re: Stop Calling Black People ‘Urban’
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2012, 10:29:18 pm »
I agree with Gawker (perhaps for the first time). Use of the term "urban" instead of "black" sounds like another example of "political correctness" gone wild. Once again. :P

As to most of the black folk I know, including those on the Hudlin Entertainment Forum, "urbane" is a more fitting adjective - as in debonair, sophisticated, svelte, suave. ;) 

I guess that just reflects the circles I travel in. Urbane. Hahahahaha (just kidding, about my circles). 
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Re: Stop Calling Black People ‘Urban’
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2012, 10:57:31 am »
The actual roots of the term, far as I know, are in black radio.  It was an attempt to explain the advertisers that the station had a crossover (ie not just black) listening demographic. So instead of a black station, WBLS NY called itself a "urban" station. 

But instead of definitions changing, the term took on the old meaning instead.  So now it's the worst of both worlds...both vague and limiting at the same time. 

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Re: Stop Calling Black People ‘Urban’
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2012, 11:15:52 am »
Interesting!
The spirit of emptiness is immortal.
It is called the Great Mother
because it gives birth to Heaven and Earth.
It is like a vapor,
barely seen but always present.
Use it effortlessly.

Tao Te Ching, Ch. 6

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Re: Stop Calling Black People ‘Urban’
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2012, 10:23:14 am »
George Washington was White
Crispus Attucks was Negro

Abe Lincoln was White
Frederick Douglass was a Darkie

George Wallace was White
Martin Luther King was Colored

Bon Jovi is White
Jay-Z is African American

Sad......

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Re: Stop Calling Black People ‘Urban’
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2012, 10:50:57 am »
George Washington was White
Crispus Attucks was Negro

Abe Lincoln was White
Frederick Douglass was a Darkie

George Wallace was White
Martin Luther King was Colored

Bon Jovi is White
Jay-Z is African American

Sad......

You missed "Black"...but your point is spot on.

Hey, what about cracker and honkie?

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Re: Stop Calling Black People ‘Urban’
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2012, 10:54:02 am »
sighes this is just one of the thing in language that is just so stupid
With these choices, I felt that the American black man only needed to choose which one to get eaten by; the liberal fox or the conservative wolf because both of them will eat him.

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Re: Stop Calling Black People ‘Urban’
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2012, 11:37:15 am »
George Washington was White
Crispus Attucks was Negro

Abe Lincoln was White
Frederick Douglass was a Darkie

George Wallace was White
Martin Luther King was Colored

Bon Jovi is White
Jay-Z is African American

Sad......



http://www.hulu.com/watch/1477  ;D

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Re: Stop Calling Black People ‘Urban’
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2012, 05:35:53 pm »
We/SZ find nothing wrong with being calld "urban"...which is a quintillion time betta dan being called n**ga, ape, coon or big lippd baboon.

"Urban" is in fact flattering with d insinuation dat black people r civilised as opposed 2 being affiliated 2 monkeys as jungle/bush people.

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Re: Stop Calling Black People ‘Urban’
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2012, 07:55:58 am »
We/SZ find nothing wrong with being calld "urban"...which is a quintillion time betta dan being called n**ga, ape, coon or big lippd baboon.

"Urban" is in fact flattering with d insinuation dat black people r civilised as opposed 2 being affiliated 2 monkeys as jungle/bush people.
That's a mighty low bar.

And I am not embarrassed by people who live in indigenous lifestyles.