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People of colour.

LordGrep
LordGrep
I'd like to know what peoples thoughts are about this phrase. " People of colour".

This is genuinely not meant to be a provocation in any way. I am just interested what people think.

Why does it need to be so "beating about the bush".

I don't actually like it, I mean all people have colour, unless you are totally black, in which case you are not a colour but a lack of one. 

If the coloured thing is there, why not coloured.

I hope if there is an obvious answer that I don't get hated upon, but I live in the UK, and while there are plenty of different races and nationalities, I don't think I have really talked about any race group as a whole. No maybe I have, but not "People of colour". Generalisations here are wrongly said about those with more Indian/Pakistani etc apparent routes.

Is "People of Colour" now the universal not get in to trouble phrase? 

Comments

  • cavalier080854
    cavalier080854
    Posts: 2,177

    Well it was Ethnic Minorities up until very recently, The PoC term started in USA seems to have crept into our vocabulary. The trouble is it only applies to predominantly White Western countries.

    What about Africa ? white people would be Ethnic Minorities, but PoC ? Nah

    Also they have roped into this term Indigenous natives. Well congratulations, I'm English, white and was born and live in England. So I'm an indigenous Native.

    Most activists on campus in USA actually mean Afro-American, but it is supposed to be Black and Hispanic.

    I'm sticking with Ethnic Minorities, despite what SJWs say to the contrary, it is correct term for wherever you are in the world, not just White countries.

  • LordGrep
    LordGrep
    Posts: 2,686
    I'm sticking with Ethnic Minorities, despite what SJWs say to the contrary, it is correct term for wherever you are in the world, not just White countries. ethnic minority to describe PoC in Africa?

    Nah I am happy to define using the least offensive language, though I do think PoC sounds naff, and "Person of Colour" is nah. I don't like it, however if one has to refer to someones skin colour I am happy to use what everyone finds least offensive, it's not like I have much course to use the phrasing. It seems to be very much an american thing. 

    If I could chose something I would prefer it be just a single word. "Bran", demz iz bran innit. 
  • Gloomy
    Gloomy
    Posts: 262
    I've always just referred to people in that context as "non-white", like I'd refer to people who aren't Hispanic as "non-Hispanic", and people who aren't Asian as "non-Asian", etc. I've never thought this was offensive, but then again who knows what some SJW might consider offensive lol.

    I mean even my pale, sun-hating self has some color in my skin. Maybe I just take everything too literally.
  • User-43756e74
    User-43756e74
    Posts: 77
    Gloomy said:
    I've always just referred to people in that context as "non-white", like I'd refer to people who aren't Hispanic as "non-Hispanic", and people who aren't Asian as "non-Asian", etc. I've never thought this was offensive, but then again who knows what some SJW might consider offensive lol.

    I mean even my pale, sun-hating self has some color in my skin. Maybe I just take everything too literally.
    I had to laugh when i read your response
    I never thought these terms would be offensive but then again, you never really sure nowdays. Ahwell, maybe we’re too old for this XD
    Gloomy
  • Toffington
    Toffington
    Posts: 742
    People can call themselves whatever they want. 

    "Non-X" reminds me of Newspeak, which is bad.
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