Re: Writers needed for new electronic Black paper
Cal Eastman (shiva@FREENET.SCRI.FSU.EDU)
Tue, 5 Jul 1994 09:00:29 18000
Personally i find this phrase "people of color" to be offensive as
hell. Ive never seen any0one who has no color, of course if someone
had no color, it would be extremely difficult to see them.
Why was it that we found colored people to be a racist phrase, but
this bit of meanoingless verbiage is supposed to be OK?
Even as a firm be;liever in a soft form of sapir-worf (no it has
nothing to do with klingons), if teh vocabulary we choose to use is
one that grows from fear, even teh fear of offense, and all our words
start to lump together in this middle ground of blandness, we loose
our access to diversity, identity, uniquiness, and extremeity.
Perhaps teh problem is with the entire concept of race. In biology the
concept of "sub-species" has pretty much been abandoned, but in
anthropology we hold onto this outmoded type of classification, as if
it were meaningful fact. People exist across a spectrum of physical
types, not in discreet groupings. Cultures exist.. races probably do