Yiddish word that means black. So it's the color of a black crayon. Also used for black people. It's not derogatory.
A person who claims it is a secret way to say nigger is incorrect & using the usual anti-Jewish libel that Jews "do rotten things in secret to trick us."
Swartza is not used much by American Jews, since most don't use yiddish when the word black or African American would do just as well -- if not better by not standing out or sounding so pointed or unusual.
September 16, 2012