Nature Boy - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2000-02-14

Nature Boy - Boy - Netflix

A boy is a young male human, usually a child or adolescent. When he becomes an adult, he is described as a man.

Nature Boy - Race - Netflix

Historically, in the US and South Africa, “boy” was not only a 'neutral' term for domestics but also as a disparaging term towards men of color, implying their subservient status. The usage ran from the period of slavery through segregation and apartheid, though it became less acceptable and decreased as time passed. The use of the term “boy” has not always been used as an insult. As an example, Thomas Branch, an early African-American Seventh-day Adventist missionary to Nyassaland (Malawi) referred to the native students as boys:

There is one way by which we judge many of our present boys to be quite different from some of those who were here long ago: those that are married have their wives here with them, and build their own houses, and all are busy making their gardens. I have told all the boys that if they wished to stay here and learn, those that had wives must bring them. This is having a good effect on them. They stay longer, and are more attentive to their work and their studies.

Multiple politicians – including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Kentucky Congressman Geoff Davis – have been criticized publicly for referring to a black man as “boy.” During an event promoting the boxing bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, the latter told to the former to “dance for me, boy.” The remarks led several boxers – including Mayweather and Andre Ward – as well as multiple commentators to accuse McGregor of racism.

Nature Boy - References - Netflix