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it is isnt it? although im not really sure.
Total ripoff of the Smurfs.
i said i didnt realise it was and i didnt understand why. fwiw i should have said "people of colour"
because it creates a dichotomy between white and non-white people. As if someone from India and someone from Africa have something important in common by virtue of their not being white. I don't really see how "people of colour avoids this".
thats how i would understand it if the term was to be offensive. Wiki would disagree...
Saying that though there are people that find anything offensive. Its not something that i really worry about anyway. It really only takes common sense to know when people mean offence and when people dont.
it doesn't work so much here as we have fairly fixed ideas about what colour ethnic minorities are (black, brown). For example, you wouldn't refer to a person of East Asian origin as 'coloured' would you?
Personally, I prefer Asian as it saves people the trouble of wrongly calling me either 'Indian' or 'Pakistani'
i have no issues calling someone 'white' so i'm not sure why black would be more problematic than 'coloured'
Coloured also sounds a bit retarded, like we're actually 2-D comic book characters, not living breathing people
People of colour? I think what you mean is "black people". Try saying it to yourself in a mirror, just until it feels comfortable.
If you do still feel the need to use 'people of colour', it might be worth considering who you're really referring to - since in my experience, the people themselves generally only have one shade, that they stick with their entire life. White people on the other hand - shit, you never know what colour they're going to be on any given occasion...
I can practically feel your face going purple with rage, now...
I can't remember the exact routine, but it was basically, "white people go purple when they're angry, red when they're hot, white when they're scared and green when they're sick. And they call us coloured."
i would just say black person. Like i said up there. Its never something that i would really worry about. I was just arguing with americans who were just trying to out-PC each other i think.
with waggly index fingers up round your ears to indicate the quotation marks then they'll be totes cool with it
Sure, some people do, but more than likely they won't if you think about what you're actually SAYING and think about the meaning of the terms you use. I remember a woman who was contracted to teach us brown, weird non-Indian kids how to read better (without any attention as to how the individual children were streamed at school and their different levels of aptitude). I had a 10 minute session with her which ended with her going 'Oh, there's no need for you to be here. Also, you have a lovely colonial accent'.
My parents were born after Indian independence.
I'm not sure what the hell the woman was on about, but she didn't mean to be offensive, I'm sure...She probably says 'coloured' too because it's nicer than 'black'.
sure theres things that people say that are inadvertently offensive but it isnt that hard to not get annoyed by something which was more someone saying something stupid than trying to insult. Its pretty easy to correct people also.
considering I was 11 years old and had been born in England (not that she would have known that) and most of all, because of her time frame. I mean, 'colonial accent'. I was born in 1979! I suppose it's wrong to get offended at someone being extremely stupid.
But yeah, I do agree with Pigfoot. Picking up on every single thing someone says (and I do personally notice lots of subtle racism about) is probably the wrong approach, as it makes people feel victimised and eventually defensive about everything they say on the subject of race.
i mean, come on.
and if they weren't they had been 'coloured in' or something.
im remembering this from years and years ago so its nowhere near word for word
its as if white people are colourless and everyone else are "coloured". we are all people of colour
And I feel a pang of discomfort if I hear somebody refer to a black person as "coloured". It's 2009 for fucks sake
I find "coloured people" quite derogatory. A lot of epople ask me of they can still say half caste, I dunno! technically I am a coffe shade (or the inside of a Kinder Beuno) but I don't tend to go round saying 'you know that peachy, pinky coloured person!'
why should 'half' be more offensive than 'mixed'? My mum always uses that term. Wiki suggests it's because of how it's been used historically though. Like 'nigger' then.
im sure lots of people have said coloured meaning no offence and are completely unaware it could be offensive there is no definitve list out there that says what is offensive and what is not, if your offended by a way of describing ''a person of colour'' just tell them a non ''oh my god how offensive!'' way and then they will know for future.
a generalisation that clearly distinguishes a divide between the caucasian race and the races of the rest of the world.