A derogatory word for people of African descent, commonly used to push degrading stereotypes in racist representations like minstrel shows.
“Darky” Term Timeline in Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
The timeline below shows where the term “Darky” appears in Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...also usually a handful of white visitors. Most were “out sight-seeing, or slumming.” Some “delineated darky characters ” and came for inspiration. There were also a handful of white women who regularly... (full context)
...And the physician was harsh toward lower-class blacks—or, in his words, “those lazy, loafing, good-for-nothing darkies […] who create impressions of the race for the casual observer.” They visited various black... (full context)