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Pro and con debates over the use of the word Negro began in the early 19th century. In 1928, W.E.B. DuBois wrote in the Crisis that "you cannot change the name of a thing at will. Names are not merely matters of thought and reason; they are growths and habits. As long as the majority of men mean black or brown folk when they say 'Negro,' so long will Negro be the name of folks brown and black. At the heart of arguments against its use was critical absence of an African identity or any aspects of cultural background. -- EB

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