Tracking the Data: My Grandmother’s World

20130614032319 Analyzing the Data

Since my grandmother was not available to provide specific percentages for each group, I had to estimate the numbers based on my previous conversations with her.

The term “colored” here, pronounced as “kulurt,” refers to people of African descent.

Examples: “How many kulurt kids do you have in your class this year?”

“I worry about you in the city with all them kulurt folks.”

The term “Injun” is less clear, but probably refers to Native Americans.

Examples: “I remember when your dad used to play Cowboys and Injuns.”

“He got sunburnt so bad he looked like an Injun.”

I am fairly certain that this classification is based on the plastic figures that came with the 1950s Deluxe Fort Apache Play Set.

These are Injuns.
These are Injuns.

As you may have noticed, as my grandmother’s world view includes no category for Asians, it provides no viable way to identify 60% of the world’s population.

Example: After being shown a photo of my friend’s niece, who is both Caucasian and Asian, my grandmother held it close to her face, squinted, and asked, “Is that a kulurt baby?”


Interpreting the Data

My grandmother is embarrassing.

2 thoughts on “Tracking the Data: My Grandmother’s World

  1. Hahaha. My grandmother-in-law has been known to use some racial epithets. She’s 92 and rather slipping mentally. However, I do not think I have ever been around anyone quite like your grandmother. Where did she grow up?

  2. Small-town PA/MD. Although if you ask her, she will tell you that her family originally came from Waterloo, Iowa (pronounced “Iowee”). 🙂

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