Andy Rooney: Negro Is A Good Word

A picture named Rooney-negroisagoodword.jpgAndy Rooney: Negro is a good word

I was watching Imus this morning and heard this exchange between Andy Rooney and Don.

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Update-Full Quote from Mpeterlis before the clip:

Rooney: "I object every time I hear the words "African-American," you know? I don’t know why we have gotten caught with that."

Imus: "Yeah, I don’t either."

Rooney: "I mean, am I an "Irish-American?"

Imus: "What should I say, just "black" right?”

Rooney: "Well, I don’t think there’s 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 don’t care for "African-American."

Imus: "I won’t use it anymore."

How do you feel about this? I'm not implying that he's a racist.


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