does anyone know what black (or partially black) native speakers of Polish think about 'murzyn'?
Their opinions appear from time to time in the social media and on various portals. I think those are divided. I read opinions of both types, but those blacks who don't think Murzyn isn't racist were very good speakers of Polish, whereas those who do seem to be sort of fairly recently arrived in Poland.
To label Murzyn a racist word is a recent trend within the so-called political correctness, so the younger generation would be more more inclined to follow such an attitude. In my view it is a qualifier which is being attached to this word because saying so seems to be en vogue. Despite clichés such as 'Murzyn zrobił swoje, Murzyn może odejść' the word did never have a racist connotation for my generation.If you refered to someone as Murzyn, you only meant a perfecty neutral fact that the person has a black skin and so looks very differently to the rest of us. Only when you described them as 'czarnuch'. it was obvious that you look on a black person with contempt.
It may have changed now due to the work being done by certain circles who question past habits and so have decided to attribute to the word a new meaning.
In my view it looks ridiculous as there still exist very positive connotations to the word in literature which is taught in schools, like for example, the poem "Murzynek Bambo".
Thus, in the present state of affairs, you may believe what you choose to believe.