20 January 2021

Words Not Fit to Print

This is an excerpt from the May 15 1900 edition of the Salt Lake Herald-Republican. Notice which offensive words have been censored and which offensive word has been printed.

It is important to see how comfortable people were (are?) with racial inequality here in SLC.

Of note, the SL Tribune also printed a similar quote on the same story but replaced the same word with “negro,” at the time a much more respectable term.

This is a preview of another racial conflict story I am currently looking into.

To be clear, I find it interesting that the words "son of a bitch go to hell" are blanked out but the word "niggers" is printed in full. In today's sensibilities it would be the opposite.

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