Words and Labels

Antonin Dvorak, the infamous Czechoslovakian Symphony No.9 composer, was influenced by various American folk melodies, including Negro Spirituals and Indian Music. While sitting at Bates Hall, waiting for The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra concert to begin, I read the opening statement in the program. I thought it was interesting how words, simple words, and their connotations distinguish difference. So I began to write phrases that I’ve seen in magazines, stores, libraries, websites etc that perpetuate otherness:

 

Black

Black Hair Care

Ethnic Hair Care

Ethnic Foods

Negro Spirituals

Tribal Patterns

Black Music

Black Style

African American Vernacular English

Black English

Ebonics

Ebony

Ebony Porn

Big Black Cock

Big Black

Dick

Big Black Women

Nigger Bitch

Afro-Erotica

African American Fiction

Urban Fiction

Urban

Ghetto

Ghetto Fabulous

Black English

Primitive

Bitch

Nigga

Black

African American

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