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    Quote Originally Posted by Lookin4theBestNU View Post
    You have to describe them. Even when I do that I would prefer to go with something else that is descriptive of them like "he's wearing the red shirt."
    Yes, this is what I always try to do, but sometimes a person just cannot please everyone. One place I worked was populated with inner city blacks and working class rural whites.

    Anyway, at times the black ladies would get very offended and ask me if I was afraid to say the word "black" and did I think there was something wrong with them being black. Trying to explain that I was trying to be sensitive just got me in deeper and affirmed to them that somehow I was implying there was something wrong with being black.

    In college I had a black professor do the same thing in front of the whole class, because I fumbled over chosing the right word in describing a black person ( I was young and unsure whether black or africian american was the better word to use ) and he came after me after class, got in front of me where I could not get around him and he told me he knew what I was and he wasn't going to cut me any slack over it. He told me I had better not make any mistakes in his class. Not sure exactly what he was getting at. I never said a peep in class except when he called on me, I was still extremely shy then, so I don't know how he came to the conclusion that he knew what I was.

    So I mean if one is white (and perhaps the southern accent doesn't help) and you don't use the word black to describe blacks, finding other ways of describing them, it also is taken as offensive.

    However, I will say that I never had such problems in the state where I was born, just outside of it so I think the accent is part of the issue.

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    Race is a complex issue. For example I have a white friend who is also African-American. See he is a white guy who was born in South Africa, but he moved to the US and became a US citizen. He was born African, but now he's African-American. See how complex the race issue can be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Liquid_Laser View Post
    Race is a complex issue. For example I have a white friend who is also African-American. See he is a white guy who was born in South Africa, but he moved to the US and became a US citizen. He was born African, but now he's African-American. See how complex the race issue can be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    I think that that there is no proper term for referring to a person's race, because it really isn't proper to notice and treat a person differently because of race. People do so, of course, but that doesn't mean they should. However, as far as I know, the following terms are the least derogatory:

    1. Caucasian

    2. African-American

    3. Hispanic

    4. Native American

    5. Arabic

    6. Pacific Islander

    7. Asiatic

    Because they are what I see most often in polls.
    What's kind of funny about that is that the term "Caucasian" derives from the Caucasus Mountains, which is a mountain range in Russia (or near it), I believe. So all whites -- or "Caucasians" -- are Russian? Ha. Not since the last time I checked. So, really, when you think about it, that term isn't correct either.

    And for me, you can just refer to me as a displaced Scandinavian-American.

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    Ah, the "euphemism treadmill," aka pejoration.

    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    However, as far as I know, the following terms are the least derogatory:

    1. Caucasian

    2. African-American

    3. Hispanic

    4. Native American

    5. Arabic

    6. Pacific Islander

    7. Asiatic

    Because they are what I see most often in polls.
    What I hate most about those polls is when they tell you to choose one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llenyd View Post
    Ah, the "euphemism treadmill," aka pejoration.



    What I hate most about those polls is when they tell you to choose one.
    I get to put "other". Teehee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by niffer View Post
    I get to put "other". Teehee.
    I often have to do that too
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    I just say black people, white people, spanish people, asian people...etc.

    If they don't like it then that's too damn bad. People need to be less sensitive about race. I don't see calling someone a "white dude" or a "black guy" or anything like that as a derogatory comment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by runvardh View Post
    I often have to do that too
    Yeah, same here. Most of the time they have a "Multi-racial" option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Yeah, same here. Most of the time they have a "Multi-racial" option.
    Eh, you know what they say about us mutts though, ^____________^
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