The Name Game

March 1980
National Review;3/7/1980, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p268
The article emphasizes the importance of having a delicate balance in maintaining the cultural identities of minorities in the U.S. Minorities seeking to change their names are aiming to gain power and respect, both from the majority and within their own ranks. Several terms have been replaced in an attempt to separate cultural identities. Negro has been replaced to black, queer to gay, and native American to American Indian. However, the terms gay and native American have provoked indignation because they aim to redefine the minority at the expense of the majority.


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