Mudcat Café message #4079632 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168875   Message #4079632
Posted By: robomatic
14-Nov-20 - 03:59 PM
Thread Name: BS: A person of color and a colored person
Subject: RE: BS: A person of color and a colored person
When I first got to university, I moved into a dorm which had been a hispanic themed house. I got into a long discussion with a Mexican-American upper classman about the nature of identity and using terminology to avoid offense or provoke offense. He said he personally kept things simple: "If they use a bad word and they're smiling, I don't take offense. If they're not smiling, it's clobbering time."

My mother had pointed me to a line from the first western, "The Virginian": "When you call me that, smile!" So things had not changed. That was long before the internet.