When naming an article, post, or book we need to consider if the title is racial derogatory.

I have seen several posts which I do not believe the author knew the title was a derogatory term. When in doubt always check. It’s simple and easy. It better to check than receive a nasty letter from someone of that race. I understand sometimes in literature derogatory terms are used to emphasize the severely of the situation. But there’s no need to put in your title.

About a month ago I was at a book fair in New York City, another author not far from my booth had a book called “The Black B**ch” and I watched a group of African American women wreck his booth, torn up his books, verbally attack him as he was trying to explain it was about a pet he once had. And they told everyone who would listen about the “derogatory term” title of his book. Sure, he got a lot of attention that day but the kind he wanted.

Think about your title before you name your literary work. You do not wish to appear as a pumpkin head in your title. It only takes a few seconds to look up a word and learn the meaning of it.

I looked at it this way…there was no way that guy not knew he wasn’t going to get his behind kicked for that title.


derogatory terms are any thing that’s humiliating, demeaning, shameful, mortifying, ignominious, undignified, inglorious, wretched to another human being. 


About unholypursuit

A. White, a former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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2 Responses to When naming an article, post, or book we need to consider if the title is racial derogatory.

  1. Janis says:

    That author knew better than that. They were looking for a fight. I have seen a lot of books with the B word on the cover too. I know books written for adults often contains swear words but it’s a little overboard when you put them on the cover.

    On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 7:10 AM, The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra


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