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Thread #168875   Message #4079834
Posted By: meself
16-Nov-20 - 11:41 AM
Thread Name: BS: A person of color and a colored person
Subject: RE: BS: A person of color and a colored person
It's a curious business, the American use of "color" (apart from the spelling) that has emerged from their troubled history of race relations: it is not unusual to see some public figure referred to as a "Person Of Color" when in fact they would be unnoticeable for their "color" in a random group off the street. I saw a woman interviewed yesterday who was the "first Person Of Color" to be elected as such-and-such: she was Latina, but whiter than I am - I am thoroughly "white", but have one of those light-tan skin-tones, but she was white as snow - but a "Person of Color".

If Kamala Harris had gone to my multi-ethnic high school, I don't think anyone would have regarded her as "Black"; she would have been just another person a little further to one end of the skin-tone spectrum.

Just an observation; not a rant ... !