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inferior
used in Black Like Me

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Definition
of low quality, or of lower quality or rank than something else — sometimes used as a noun to refer to a person of lower rank or status
  • I have looked diligently for all aspects of "inferiority" among them and I cannot find them.
  • Such men, deeply offended to be excluded from participation with black men in the solutions to the problems of racism, sometimes begin to look for symptoms of inferiority as a means of self-defense.

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  • Yet this accident, this least important of all qualities, the skin pigment, marked them for inferior status.
  • I could have been a Jew in Germany, a Mexican in a number of states, or a member of any "inferior" group.
  • I was astonished to see an intelligent man fall for this cliche, and equally astonished that Negroes would advance it, for in effect it placed the dark Negro in an inferior position and fed the racist idea of judging a man by his color.
  • He said it would quickly prove to us that we can't measure up—disillusion us by showing us that we are, in fact, inferior.
  • His day-to-day living is a reminder of his inferior status.
  • This is one of the sources of his chafing at being considered inferior.
  • When the segregationist argues that the Negro is scholastically inferior, he presents the most eloquent possible argument for desegregated schools; he admits that so long as the Negro is kept in tenth-rate schools he will remain scholastically behind white children.

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