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Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by ExAngel007(f): 5:41pm On Jun 10
Online word site, Dictionary.com has revealed its
plans to update their definition of 'black' after
being branded racist by a young black lady.

21-year-old Nyshayla Barnes , an artist from New
Jersey, took to Twitter to express her discomfort
at the words associated with the term.



Sharing a screengrab of the synonyms alongside
'black', she revealed how words including 'dark,
dingy, depressing, devilish and sinful' were listed
among others.



Reacting on her page, Nyshayla wrote: 'There are
offensive words in the dictionary associated with
the definition of 'Black'. It is vital that we have
more positive meanings for this word because
how we define words shapes our perception of
them'.

And further explaining her point, she added: 'We
are not taking offense to the word 'Black'. That is
our identity. We have a problem with the other
words that are associated with Black that don't
need to be associated with it at all'.



'Rather than making words, such as 'depressing',
'threatening' and 'foreboding' synonymous to
'Black', we should instead use words that do not
insinuate a biased undertone to a word that is
commonly used to describe people of Black race
and culture.'

Replying to the thread, Dictionary.com revealed
their plans to update the definition.



They tweeted: 'We agree! We are making some
updates and revisions that will be rolled out later
this year.' ( https://mobile.twitter.com/Dictionarycom/status/1136331285134270467?p=v )

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7123433/Dictionary-com-reveal-plans-update-definition-word-black-branded-racist.html

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by chibike69: 8:01pm On Jun 10
grin


black is an attitude

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by tophumble(m): 8:01pm On Jun 10
OK
Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by Basitelo1(m): 8:01pm On Jun 10
If na Nigerian website u for complain tire grin

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by TemmyT002(m): 8:02pm On Jun 10
Chaiiii
And they keep calling us black, black everytime.
They better change it to something more meaningful and beautiful.

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by kingscare1(m): 8:02pm On Jun 10
Fvck whites....they think we are inferior.
If not because of bad bad government in Africa.

I can ever believe they are superior.
We are one n someday we will be better than then.

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by Oblitz(m): 8:02pm On Jun 10
Good
Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by CwazyBlaqGal(f): 8:02pm On Jun 10
Nice 1
Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by ainas247: 8:02pm On Jun 10
shocked
Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by JudgeOGBUNABALI(m): 8:03pm On Jun 10
Cool
Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by blingxx(m): 8:03pm On Jun 10
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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by borntoexcel2000(m): 8:03pm On Jun 10
Better
Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by jazboy(m): 8:03pm On Jun 10
Nice observation, this will surely influence people perception towards black

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by derrydinny: 8:03pm On Jun 10
I hope Nigerians that don't hesitate to use words like black heart, black brain and black mind will also change for better


black doesn't mean evil, we should not let any religion or any grammarian tell us otherwise

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by TheLogicalMind(m): 8:04pm On Jun 10
Political correctness gone rogue again. They're confusing "black" as a colour with "black" as a racial classification.

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by AleAirHub(m): 8:05pm On Jun 10
Nice one
Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by fnep2smooth(m): 8:05pm On Jun 10
Naija girls get time to think like this girl..... People way still de find how to bleach their skin from black to white... Nice one girl

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by Fgbread(m): 8:09pm On Jun 10
Sigh
Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by NeededGist(m): 8:12pm On Jun 10
Black is not sad Black is poetic.

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by Esseite: 8:13pm On Jun 10
Great,

how did black ever become all that, while white represents peace and quiet, blue represents calm, red represents vibrant..

This may not be racist to blacks as humans, this is racist to black as a colour. Which has different meanings to different people who categorize people according to racial colors.

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by Jmk9292(m): 8:14pm On Jun 10
Black is ideology, black is civilization, black is a movement, ........They don't tell us what we should be or determine for us..... We should prove what we are.

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by Joromi12: 8:15pm On Jun 10
kingscare1:
Fvck whites....they think we are inferior.
If not because of bad bad government in Africa.

I can ever believe they are superior.
We are one n someday we will be better than then.
u cannot be better than people who plan for 100 years while we plan for end of tenor here

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by Isinweke: 8:17pm On Jun 10
I STILL FIND THE WORD ''BLACK'' OFFENSIVE, THEY SHOULD NOT USE BLACK OR WHITE TO DESCRIBE PEOPLE

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by Nobody: 8:17pm On Jun 10
lmfao, downfall of the West can't come any sooner.
Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by MykOnyxo(m): 8:19pm On Jun 10
Black box.. evil box.. no wonder that box is what they look for soon as Plane Crash ✈....
sense nor go kill me �

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by kingscare1(m): 8:20pm On Jun 10
Joromi12:
u cannot be better than people who plan for 100 years while we plan for end of tenor here
That's your opinion.
You might be fvcking right but some persons like us believe that what Trump can do, A Nigerian can do better.

Fvck the Govt
Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by justli: 8:20pm On Jun 10
Until we blacks stop stereotyping ourselves in the name of boldness and speaking out, we won't make headway. Black is synonymous with dark. And you can extend that to light and darkness. But why drag the black race into the word 'black'

The other day CNN, interviewing lil Wayne tried to drag him into the white racism talk, but he boldly told them he has never experienced racism his whole life.

When he attempted killing himself, the black cops that came to the house were search for drug, it was a white man that carried him on his shoulder and then drove him to the hospital. Else he would have died that day.

My problem with these whole racial discrimination awareness is that, you're teaching the black kid that the white man is superior to him that's why he discriminates against him.

By now we ought to have outgrown this bullshit. If a white man pushes you, push him black. The white is so discriminatory, yet the voted a black president twice even though blacks make up less than 15% of the population.

We have to focus on teaching our children how to co-relate with the white, and not how to hate them and run away from them.

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by 2blessed01(m): 8:22pm On Jun 10
If Its 9ja Website Now, They Will Keep Shut Lyk Buhari And APC Govt!
Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by musicwriter(m): 8:22pm On Jun 10
By the English language alone, the British has shown just how much they hate you as an African. Note that those synonyms and by-words only appear in European languages.

If you check the meaning of BLACK in Chinese or Japanese language, BLACK was simply defined as ''the color black'' nothing more.

The English language is part and parcel of our enslavement, I observed this a long time ago. Its good someone else is saying it.

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by Isinweke: 8:24pm On Jun 10
derrydinny:
I hope Nigerians that don't hesitate to use words like black heart, black brain and black mind will also change for better


black doesn't mean evil, we should not let any religion or any grammarian tell us otherwise


YOU SAY WETIN?

GO AND TELL THAT TO GHANA PEOPLE

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by Crysthaniel(m): 8:26pm On Jun 10
black to me means.. strong, concrete, solid, confidence,powerful wink

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Re: Dictionary.com Plans To Update The Definition Of 'black' After Branded Racist by Gboyeboy(m): 8:26pm On Jun 10
kingscare1:
Fvck whites....they think we are inferior.
If not because of bad bad government in Africa.

I can ever believe they are superior.
We are one n someday we will be better than then.
Na so

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