Forwarded: Re: Is racism worse than sexism? Your choice of evils

Cal Eastman (shiva@FREENET.SCRI.FSU.EDU)
Thu, 5 Jan 1995 01:54:47 -0500

Boom shiva
mahalinga nataraj
(puffiness 4evah)

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Date: Wed, 4 Jan 95 11:09:33 PST
From: Lief M. Hendrickson <>
Subject: Forwarded: Re: Is racism worse than sexism? Your choice of evils

>Ref: your Jan 4 posting

>michelle uses an phrase here i personally hate: "people of color"
>somwhere along the lne colred people was deemed innappropriate, but
>people of color is ok? i really dont get it. Personally oive never seen
>someone without color, but then again, if they had no color, how would i
>see them in the first place?
>now of course to i stop reading what michelle wrote because i find the
>phrase offensive? does it invalidate what michelle has to say? Do i
>propose we censure michelle, and regard her as an anti caucasion because
>she denies them the right to color?
Your point is well taken. I think this social engineering thing
with the language is getting us out of the frying pan and into
the fire! The "color" word in speech is definitely another
problem area. (Michelle may censure you!).

I stumbled into this discussion by reacting to oppression against
one individual. I'm now seeing there's much more involved with
all the nastiness that results from dictatorial manipulation of
the language (reminds me of newspeak in Orwell's 1984?). It's
beginning to look like we've only seen the tip of the iceberg.

Your ideas are well founded.