Andy Rooney: Negro is a good word
I was watching Imus this morning and heard this exchange between Andy Rooney and Don.
Rooney: "I object every time I hear the words "African-American," you know? I dont know why we have gotten caught with that."
Imus: "Yeah, I dont either."
Rooney: "I mean, am I an "Irish-American?"
Imus: "What should I say, just "black" right?
Rooney: "Well, I dont think theres anything wrong with "black." Growing up, it's funny how words get to be opprobrious. The word "negro," perfectly good word. It's a strong word and a good word. I don't see anything wrong with that. Mostly it's not necessary to identify anyone by skin color. But I dont care for "African-American."
Imus: "I wont use it anymore."
How do you feel about this? I'm not implying that he's a racist.