Outraged or not outraged? That is the question. Benedict Cumberbatch, bemoaning the lot of minority actors in Britain, said coloured when he should have said black. Point the flamethrower at him? Maybe not. I’m with David Oyelowo on this. Give Cumberbatch a break. He didn’t suffocate a migrant on a deportation plane. He didn’t send anyone to jail because he didn’t like the look of them. He used an antiquated term in making a point that most would agree with.
I recently spent time with the superstar philosopher Professor Cornel West and saw him elicit raucous laughter with an anecdote. A fellow black American and he were in conflict. Accusations were flying. The prof fired off a zinger. "I told him," he said with a chuckle, "I'm the negro you want to be." A putdown of high quality: but negro? No one says negro. Unless, as here, the term is served with lashings of irony. Negro is long gone. Black, its successor label, might not be long for this world.
Thought for the day comes from the book of Luke. “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous ones who do not need to repent,” it says. Might we place in that category the UK boss of bankers Santander, the former chair of Marks & Spencer, the heads of the Confederation of British Industry, Barclays, Lloyds and the former chair of HSBC?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".