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Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
Is America obsessed with race? Is the world obsessed with race? Have humans been obsessed with race ever since hominoids divided into tribes? Do government racial classifications worsen the obsession? Is it foolhardy to write about race? Am I a fool?
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.
In addition to being a fool, I'm a swart.
"Swart" is short for "swarthy." It's derived from the Old English "sweart," which meant black or dark.
Swart is one of the derogatory words that have been used to denigrate Italians over the years, along with wop, dago and greaser. For example, Time Magazine in 1927 described Italian aviator Francesco de Pinedo as a swart. That's mild compared to what Life Magazine would say eleven years later about Italians in a cover story on baseball great Joe DiMaggio. The magazine said that DiMaggio wasn't a
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