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I understand your pride in our city. I share much of that pride. There are many wonderful things about it. I still must stand by the statement that
"Portland is simply too modern and too sophisticated for the average 'colored' person to do well in"
is a bigoted statement. Here is why, instead of using the word "people" the word "'colored'" was used. This drastically changes the meaning of the sentence. The word 'colored' is a both connotatively and denotativly loaded term. It's origins have strong ties to racist epitaphs of the south and propagation.
If the intention of the statement was to be all inclusive of all races the correct term to achieve that would be "human", "people", "person" or other term that is universal, but these words were not used.
The choice of using the term "colored" over "people" syntactically singles out a race as unable to be sophisticated.
The term "colored" is most often associated with the black community. To say that the black community is unsophisticated is an inherently racist idea. Jazz music is beleived through out the world to be incredibly sophisticated. Jazz is a uniquely American invention widely understood to be formed by the music of African American slave decedents. Other incredibly clear examples of sophistication are the writing of Deboise, the art of Basquiate or the acting of Morgan Freemen.
Also I have many friends across the pond who would disagree about the sophistication level of Europe. Take "Brittan's got Talent" or "French Idol" as examples. Let's also remember that the UK brought the world "The Spice Girls".
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