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February 10, 2015
L Guy Burton
"COLORED" AUTHOR, L. GUY BURTON, PUBLISHES NEW E-BOOK "DIARY OF AN 'N-WORD' - AMERICAN COLOR CODING"
-- A Black man of mixed racial heritage, recounts the various descriptions and "color code changes," he has experienced - from nigger, to n-word, and many in between, as foisted on him by a ruling society over seven decades. --
Warwick, NY (BlackNews.com) -- Author L. Guy Burton has published and released a new publication entitled, Diary of an N-Word - American Color Coding now available in e-book format on Amazon.com.
Burton notes, "This story - my story - is intended to give my successors and heirs insight into my life as a "colored" male who grew up in a "white world" of Machiavellian racism. Doctors, nurses, teachers, policemen, firemen, store clerks, gas station owners, TV, magazines . . . nothing but white faces, all. Smiling white faces; lying white faces."
But to that he says, "So what! Advantage me."
Burton states that with his diverse background, he has been able to live in his world and see it from multiple perspectives. This, he says, has allowed him a better understanding of how each ethnic and social group views the other. He acknowledges he has been "confided in" by some whites with comments like I can say this to you because you're not like the other Negroes. They then have often proceeded to make derogatory remarks, although in many cases, he admits, he truly believes they did so with no ill intent toward him, personally. "Merely tactless ignorance."
He goes on to say on the other side of the coin, he has heard Blacks say that any amiable relationship with whites is tantamount to being an "Uncle Tom." This, he contends, is wrong on two counts. First, he offers, it is reverse racism in one of its ugliest forms, and, secondly, most Blacks have mischaracterized the real Uncle Tom. He stands by his conclusion that Uncle Tom, of Uncle Tom's Cabin, while considered by his own people to be "a house nigger" - in which house carried the negative connotation - was really using his position as a trusted servant of his white "massa" to cleverly undermine the enslavement of his people. The author laments that those cutting terms are still used by Blacks today, against each other.
Burton, in his lengthy discourse, points out another dividing line within the Black culture-the distinction made between northern Blacks and southern Blacks. Regarding this, he says Blacks from the North tend to feel and act superior, while some believe southern people, in general, are uneducated, but especially Blacks. However, he goes on to say, "How untrue!", noting that more southern Blacks attend college and infiltrate big business and government, as well as operate their own businesses, than their northern counterparts. Painfully, he reflects back to the antipathy he experienced, firsthand.
"At an early age I was forbidden by my parents to befriend the few coloreds in our town," he admits. "Ingrained in me was a belief that anyone in our local communities with certain colored surnames [These families seldom thought of themselves as colored - since many had white features - but were still shunned by whites, who feared them.] among other so-called "jackson white" surnames, were not suitable to associate with. I never understood why."
He continues to mention that in those days northern coloreds tried to be as closely associated with whites as possible. For many, light skin, "good" hair and "white speech" were important attributes. He says he was never told that these forbidden people were his very own relatives. He bemoans the denials he always got from his family when some of his classmates would say it was so.
About the Author
L. Guy Burton is Founder and Director of the Warwick Valley Writers' Association, an organization that has helped to connect the local writing community with agents, publishers and the entire entertainment industry. Other works by Burton include Jack In The Pulpit, Come Die With Me, How To Be a Sure Winner At Casino Slots, and Follow The Right Leader. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Book
Diary of an N-Word - American Color Coding
By L. Guy Burton
Available on Amazon - www.amazon.com/dp/B00S1OOSBY/
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