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GUEST,Futwick BS: PC Spanish Class- No 'black'! (170* d) RE: BS: PC Spanish Class- No 'black'! 29 May 13


I have never read Tolkien, I don't know anything about what is racist in his writings. It's not the kind of stuff I read although I do not disparage anyone who reads Tolkien, it's just not what interests me.

It's not just that I shouldn't use a racist term to address people of my own ethnicity while flying into a rage if others do it, but also to allow others some slack in what word they do use as long as it is not clearly derogatory.

So, yes, maybe a person would rather be called an "Indian" rather than a "Native American" but should also allow the latter because there's no way anyone can know what he personally prefers. As long as it not "redskin" or something.

If you are an Arab don't get in somebody's face because you want to be called "Jurhum" or something and that anyone who says "Arab" is a racist. Give people a break. You can say, if asked, "I prefer to be called 'Jurhum' but 'Arab' is okay." It beats the hell out of camel jockey or sand nigger. So if people are trying to address your ethnicity in a fair, reasonable manner, cut them some slack.

If you're Japanese, you might want to be called "Asian" and not "Oriental" (which has fallen out of favor for some years) but if someone says Oriental, don't fly off in a tizz. After all, "Asian" is a very general term that describes a huge number of people of various phenotypes, "Oriental" is a term that Middle and Near Easterners often use to describe themselves and I have met people of Far Eastern descent who still preferred it over Asian. And, for that matter, "Far Easterner" should be acceptable. Start getting in people's faces about it and they're going to start calling you gook behind your back because they can't stand you so you might be encouraging racism more than anything.

So just be reasonable. If you're white and prefer white to caucasian don't get flustered over someone calling you caucasian, it's not a big deal. And I'm sure you'd like that better than "whitey." We can't know what everybody prefers to be called so let's dispense with the PC indignant outrage and cut each other some slack for the sake of civilized dialogue. As long as we are not using blatantly offensive terms, then let's live and let live.


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