Just because some people are referred to as black does not stop the word from being used in other ways. Having a "black" future is not usually looked upon with joyful hopes.

Sen. Chris Buttars recognized that his comment offended some and quickly apologized.

There are those who have tried to blacken (to slander or defame) Sen. Buttars, or at least give him a black eye (a cause of discredit). But he has not a black heart (evil or wicked).

Black is also very positive. We all prefer living "in the black" — in other words, not going into debt.

Johnnie Bruce Johnson