Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

by

James Weldon Johnson

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“Darky” Term Analysis

A derogatory word for people of African descent, commonly used to push degrading stereotypes in racist representations like minstrel shows.
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“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.
Chapter 7
Racism and the Color Line Theme Icon
Music, Emotion, and American Culture Theme Icon
Secrecy, Purity, and Origins Theme Icon
...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)
Chapter 10
Racism and the Color Line Theme Icon
Collective Progress and Individual Achievement Theme Icon
...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)