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Submitter: The groovy 1970s cover caught my eye on the weeding cart! But the shabby condition and outdated content meant it had to go. See the index for Outdated Term for People of Color as well as Outdated Term for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Holly: It’s definitely outdated! Such an odd cover, too. It breathes some life into a serious academic tome. But, the Guskins (unclear if they’re related) are well-respected scholars and the book was positively reviewed (50 years ago). It’s clearly time to weed it now for all but the most historically-centered collections.

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  1. I think everyone’s first thought upon seeing this would be “groovy”, possibly followed closely by “far-out”. You could have painted this on a gyrating Goldie Hawn on “Laugh-In”.

    “Negro” seems a bit out of date even for 1970; can anyone who wasn’t still in single digits then confirm?

    1. Yep, definitely not au courant in 1970. African-American was preferred by then.

      1. I have to disagree with this. I don’t remember the term African-American being used much until the 80s, at the earliest. (For what it’s worth, Wikpedia says that it gained mainstream use after Jesse Jackson used the term in a speech in 1988.) And I don’t think it really became the default terminology everywhere until the 90s.

        I would say that Black was the preferred term in 1970, but only newly so. Some casual googling shows that 2/3 of Black Americans (in a Newsweek survey) still preferred Negro in 1968, but Black was the majority preference by 1974. So that term was on its way out in 1970, but it wouldn’t have been shocking or “wrong” to hear it at that point.

        As a kid/teen in the 70s and 80s, people definitely did not say African-American, that I ever heard.

  2. For anyone with dyslexia or with astigmatism, that style of art text is probably aggrivating, like they made it less accessible in a loser attempt to be “down with the kids”.

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