Re: Conrad: white men
- From: "Pat Durkin" <durkinpa@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2010 21:12:55 -0600
"David Hatunen" <dhatunen@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
On Fri, 24 Dec 2010 18:21:09 -0330, Cheryl wrote:
David Hatunen wrote:
On Fri, 24 Dec 2010 07:36:10 -0330, Cheryl wrote:Well, I'm no expert on the literature of the period, but I had the
On 2010-12-24 6:16 AM, Marius Hancu wrote:
On Dec 24, 4:42 am, Marius Hancu<marius.ha...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"white men": are we talking race here?
Yes, it sounds like it means race, although as I expect you knowTo the white men in the waterside business and to the captains
ships he was just Jim-nothing more. He had, of course, another
but he was anxious that it should not be pronounced. His
which had as many holes as a sieve, was not meant to hide a
personality but a fact.
could also mean honest or honourable in older books.
As compared to non-white men. It's still racist.
impression the term got somewhat disconnected from the 'he's
white-skinned, so he's honest etc' idea before that meaning passed
of common usuage. It seemed to be used to distinguish one white
from a group of others rather than whites from non-whites.
But as I said, I'm no expert. I merely pointed the usage out as one
might be encountered in older books.
Even in my day, "that's mighty white of you" was still used as a
praising your selflessness. Everyone knew what it meant.
I have to wonder how many posters in this group were around in
prior to the social revolution of the 1960s and have a true
of what things were really like.
Here's one, but "around" ? At any rate, most of us were sentient and
able to read about the integration of schools. That may be when much
education of the public about segregation, Jim Crow laws, etc took
place. Mobile as the country was after WWII, I think there were only
a few small islands of knowledge even then. We were all too busy
trying to get ahead to really discuss "foreign culture". (I was born
and raised in small-town Wisconsin, and our regional "center" didn't
get TV until '56. Most newspapers were local/regional, and even the
radio stations tended to discuss local issues.)
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