The biggest, if not the most controversial discussions about this magazine, thus far, involve the title. Since we announced our new publication, we have received numerous emails from angry ” African Americans” who hold the opinion the word ” Negro” is not only in bad taste, but disgraceful. Worst, as publishers, we are accused of bringing back a shameful chapter in American History, and they hope we fail miserably at our task in delivering Americans the most informative and unbiased news on the planet.
Disgraceful as the word may be to some, unfortunately it is on my birth certificate. So for you, the pseudo—intellectuals, that insist follow the misguided, but popular belief that a Negro is something to be ashamed, think again. It I find shame in my birth name; it also means I find shame in my father. A man, who worked three jobs, endured more adversity than I could ever imagine, and yet had the fortitude to rear 12 children, without any of the children ever having served time in prison.
If I find shame in my birth name; I find shame in my history. It is rich Negro History filled with the likes of Frederick Douglas, Richard Smalls, Ida B. Wells, Negro League Baseball Jack Johnson, and a period of art and literature: unmatched in the modern era.
Pride and shame do not grow from the same tree. I am a Negro by birth and choice. I have been baptized in the blood of African Slaves, and untold number of lynching. I find no shame in The Spanish word or black, However, I do with pride, and honor when I think of the millions who have borne the name before I.
So it you find the word; shameful, Outdated and disgraceful, I ask what is the name on your birth certificate, your fathers’ birth certificate, and your history?