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Definition of Oreo


Definition: To much of the public, an Oreo is simply a black cookie sandwich with white cream filling. In the African-American community, however, an Oreo is used as a racial slur to insult blacks who "act white" or identify as such. The racial name Oreo is controversial because many blacks recount being called the racial term for doing well in school or speaking proper English, not because they didn't identify as black. In short, these African Americans were singled out as sellouts simply for excelling academically and in other areas. Many blacks find this term hurtful, for they are proud of their African-American heritage.
Also Known As: Sellout, Uncle Tom, acting white
Sharon's classmates dubbed the young African-American girl an "Oreo" because she liked school and rock music, both of which they associated with white people.
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