Report: Avoid Phrases that Link Negativity with Blackness

    Report: Avoid Phrases that Link Negativity with Blackness
    Last updated Jul 19, 2023
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    • The nonprofit Reframing Race initiative has recommended people stop using phrases such as "black mood," "dark times," and "whiter than white," which allegedly reinforce racist connotations by linking negativity with blackness and positivity with whiteness.
    • It also suggests replacing the term "the wealthy elite" with "the powerful few," as the former could allegedly trigger anti-semitism and fuel conspiracy theories. It further recommends avoiding using "ethnic" to mean minority ethnic or non-white.
    • The organization's report, released on Tuesday under the title "Contains Strong Language," is based on four-years of research that included in-depth focus groups and insights stemming from a study of 20K people in England and Scotland.
    • Dr. Sanjiv Lingayah, the director of the non-profit initiative and co-author of the report, argues that the research demonstrates "how different messages on race and racism affect a mainstream audience."
    • This document also aims to equip anti-racism and racial inequality campaigners with the words that have proven most effective in teaching people about the "harm and structural nature of racism."
    • Last year, research from Reframing Race found that 40% of those surveyed thought that some ethnic groups are naturally harder working than others, while 30% thought that race indicates character traits and 20% believed that some races are born less intelligent than others.


    Left narrative

    Though society may not have given the topic much thought in the past, this research highlights the prevalence of anti-Black narratives in the English language. Negative associations pervade between darkness and danger or criminality, from phrases like Black Monday, black-hearted, and the Black Plague, to the societal fear of black cats. This, unsurprisingly, also affects subconscious views of Black people, a psychological phenomenon that harms people of color and must be put to an end.

    Right narrative

    This is a form of Marxist critical race theory that aims, not to prevent racism, but rather to overhaul the English language and use it as a weapon to smear and attack White people. Critical race theorists are power-hungry, which is why they associate 'Whiteness' with Western institutions such as the common English language, capitalism, and meritocracy (all systems beneficial to society), and then vilify them so that minority groups have a racial enemy. If allowed to gain momentum, this view will only promote conflict and undermine society.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that the Woke index in US elite media will top by August 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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