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Race, Fair Housing and the Outer Boroughs: 1970's Edition

On the subject of race, words matter. Negro, Black, Afro-American. As times changed after the Second World War, each one denoted respect, or its opposite. "Colored" was the language of the Jim Crow South, and it indicated a particularly ugly and backward-looking point of view. I learned this in the New York City of the 1970's. Growing up in one of the outer boroughs, I practiced Little Michael Jackson's dance moves with my subway buddy, Leslie, waiting for the Number 4 train.
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