Sep 13, 2022 • 35M

Is Negro a Slur or Just Antiquated?

And does the word "picnic" have a racist origin?

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John McWhorter
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Is picnic derived from a racial epithet?

The racial reckoning of the past several years has altered the way we think about and use language, often for better but occasionally for worse. And sometimes, as John explains in this episode, what we tend to believe is at odds with what is most likely true.