The Past Is Another Country, They Say Things Differently There
Jonathan Kay writes in Canada`s National Post on the Occupy Wall Street people, to ask why they aren`t occupying campuses, like they did in the old days:
“What happened to the spirit of protest on campus? I put the question to Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence, who spoke to a large crowd at Toronto’s Granite Club on Thursday night, a guest of Brandeis alumnus and board-of-trustees member Leonard Asper. Back in 1969, when Lawrence was still in grade school, Brandeis was the scene of a major sit-in by 300 black students and anti-war protesters. The New York Times published a large picture of the administration building, which, the caption explained, had been seized by “negroes.” These days, students — of whatever race — seem too worried about their job prospects to occupy anything except the library.”
I don`t know what he means when he says”which, the caption explained, had been seized by `negroes.` “
The students in 1969 had just started calling themselves blacks—or sometimes “Afro-American,” which failed to catch on. They`re now retrospectively African-American in Brandeis history web pages,Possibly in ten years they`ll be called something else.
But Jonathan Kay is so far removed from how they wrote in the no so distant past (he`s 43) that he`s forgotten that “Negroes” has a capital “N”!