Downgrading and Upgrading Speech

I think more and more if you call someone by the most respectable title you can think of for them it will be easier to serve them. listen<<This came out of a conversation I had where at the beginning of the conversation I referred to someone as “A big black guy” and by the end of the conversation I referred to him as “The nice African-American man”He deserved to be treated with respect from the beginning, and I’m not sure why I downgraded him as I spoke of him, but I was glad that I saw what I was saying and upgraded him as I continued to speak.>>¬†

  • Greg

    You have me contemplating what those titles would be — since I often do not respect the titles of this age. For tonight, I settle on “Beloved.” I am going to meditate on that. peace

  • the jott sounds like you’re teaching english again…to the computer

  • Greg

    This makes an interesting commentary on the way we interpret language as well! There is nothing inherently negative about the words “big,” “black,” or “man.” And yet the mind assigns a negative connotation to the first set of simple words. I wonder if “African American” is any more positive or just more formal and less given to common meanings and unspoken baggage? I look forward to the day when it is just, “my friend Bob” or “my colleague Debbie.” peace