TRACY MORGAN: Black in Every Language

These concepts have evolved over many late night conversations... born out of pain and love and laughter... 

I’ve learned the word ‘black’ in every language, just so I know when to be offended. Russian “tcherny,” Korean “heug-in [hooking],” dolphin “eeee eeee eee eeee.”
— Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock: Season 4: Episode 17

Source: UnlikelyWords.com [*hooking edited to "heug-in" or "흑인"]

As a Black woman and a Spanish teacher, it was quite natural that my sister would offer a translation of "Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm proud." As I began to research how to say "Black" in every language, I came across an abundance of over-zealous/eager-beaver databases of ethnic slurs (for the sake of academic research...). Digging a little deeper, I found that Blacks were often called a term that was rooted in racist etymology by the "majority" of that country (e.g., derivative of slave, non-believer). I was on the hunt for what we called ourselves around the globe...a color in some cases... a tribe in others. I've only scratched the surface. We would love to hear your thoughts in our comments or via twitter @MultiPATRIOT & @populistdemand #50shadesofblackityblack

OUR DADDY

OUR DADDY

Whatever the language, we encourage all to #sayitLOUD #sayitwithyourCHEST!

The following designs are dedicated to my father, who, during parent's weekend, drove around my small New England college campus blasting James Brown's song, "Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm proud!"

 


For the inevitable haters, you can be proud, too... black is beautiful, too... black lives matter, too... black girls rock, too... but it ain't always about you, too...


SAY IT LOUD:

ARABIC: 'AQUL DHLK BISAWT EAL

FRENCH: DIS LE BRUYANT

HAITIAN: DI LI BYEN FȮ

IGBO: EKWU YA OKÉ

PORTUGUESE: DIGA ALTO

SPANISH: DILO ALTO

SWAHILI: SEMA NI KUBWA

TAGALOG: SABIHIN MO MALAKAS

YORUBA: SO Ọ TI NPARIWO

 

 

I'M BLACK:

'ANA 'ASWAD 

JE SUIS NOIR

MWEN NWA

ADḷ M OJI

EU SOU PRETA

SOY NEGRO

MIṂI NYEUSI

AKO ITIM

DUDU NI MI

 

AND I'M PROUD:

WA'ANA FAKHUR

ET JE SUIS FIER

AK MWEN FYĖ

NA ABU M MPAKO

E TENHO ORGULHO

Y SOY ORGULLOSO

NA MIṂI MPAKO

AT AKO MAIPAGMAMALAKI

ATI EMI LI AGBERAGA


Do you speak any of the above languages? How did we do on our translations? Want to add a new language? 

Let us know via twitter @MultiPATRIOT & @populistdemand! #50shadesofblackityblack