dark-town

darktown

[dahrk-toun]
noun Older Use: Usually Offensive.
a part of a town or city inhabited largely by blacks.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism; dark + town


This term from the 1880s, as used in the American South, is usually perceived as insulting and racist. But Darktown Strutters’ Ball was the name of a popular jazz song written in 1917.
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