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DepreceV2
04/15/19 5:45:45 PM
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Do you think the word "colored" to describe black people is offensive? - Results (37 votes)
Yes
64.86% (24 votes)
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No
35.14% (13 votes)
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So I saw an article about a woman using the term colored to describe black people. Naturally I find it VERY offensive to use that term. I was reading comments in the article and people were acting shocked it was offensive like it was a new thing. It has been offensive for Decades in my book. I honestly am trying to understand how it isnt. What do you guys think?

EDIT: Here is the article Im referencing.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/school-trustee-apologizes-calling-students-colored-meeting-racist-threats-173217106.html
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pauIie
04/15/19 5:50:22 PM
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idk if i find it offensive, but i find it weird. i also find "people of color" to be weird, too.
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Annihilated
04/15/19 5:51:43 PM
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It is extremely antiquated and I would give a dirty look to anyone who used it unironically.
Conflict
04/15/19 5:52:51 PM
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It's grossly outdated
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Bishop9800
04/15/19 5:54:17 PM
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Conflict posted...
It's grossly outdated


This
Gobstoppers12
04/15/19 5:54:32 PM
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It's both offensive and a central part of their own language (see: NAACP)
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Conflict
04/15/19 5:55:31 PM
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Gobstoppers12 posted...
It's both offensive and a central part of their own language (see: NAACP)


The NAACP formed in 1909. Hardly still a central part of the language 110 years later.
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Gobstoppers12
04/15/19 5:55:54 PM
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Conflict posted...
Gobstoppers12 posted...
It's both offensive and a central part of their own language (see: NAACP)


The NAACP formed in 1909. Hardly still a central part of the language 110 years later.

They could have changed their name by now.
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omega cookie
04/15/19 5:56:44 PM
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It depends. Is the person saying it very old? If so, getting upset about them saying it is a waste of time. Malicious or not, they're too old to give a shit, and you won't change their mind. Chalk it up to a them being brought up in a different time, and move on.

If the person is young to middle aged? Yeah, that's probably going to be offensive. Nine times out of ten, they're saying it because they can't say the word they want to say.
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ultimate reaver
04/15/19 5:56:47 PM
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Yeah, but even if it doesn't it makes you sound like you're from the 1950s so what the fuck are you saying it for
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Bishop9800
04/15/19 5:57:50 PM
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Gobstoppers12 posted...
It's both offensive and a central part of their own language (see: NAACP)


Really? Care to explain?
Compsognathus
04/15/19 5:58:49 PM
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If I saw someone use the term "colored" to describe a black person, I would be very, very suspicious of them.
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CanuckCowboy
04/15/19 5:59:47 PM
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Compsognathus posted...
If I saw someone use the term "colored" to describe a black person, I would be very, very suspicious of them.


This.

I'm not sure I'd call it offensive but it would lead me to make some very unflattering conclusions regarding the person who said it (exceptions made if the person is like 90 though).
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DepreceV2
04/15/19 6:02:33 PM
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Bishop9800 posted...
Gobstoppers12 posted...
It's both offensive and a central part of their own language (see: NAACP)


Really? Care to explain?


Yes please do. The name being in the acronym in an organization put together over 100 years ago doesnt mean its a central part of our language. lmao
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modena
04/15/19 6:02:35 PM
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I'm half black and my grandparents used that word.I knew even as a kid that it wasn't to be repeated but they got a pass at home.
codey
04/15/19 6:04:13 PM
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Y'all remember that movie For Colored Girls? I remember seeing that title at the time and thinking it was offensive because colored is an older term you don't really hear anymore, but then I saw the reaction the movie got was pretty positive. What made the term okay there? Is it because it's a line from a poem and that's it?
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UnholyMudcrab
04/15/19 6:04:28 PM
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It's definitely a "grandpa just doesn't know any better" kind of term.
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DepreceV2
04/15/19 6:08:19 PM
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BTW, the lady is probably in her mid 20s to mid 30s. If she is older than that then I would be surprised
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16-BITTER
04/15/19 6:12:49 PM
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pauIie posted...
idk if i find it offensive, but i find it weird. i also find "people of color" to be weird, too.

I honestly do not understand why one is considered offensive but the other is a commonplace and acceptable term for non-white people. It's like if "brown people" was considered an offensive term, but "people of brown" was acceptable..
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Gobstoppers12
04/15/19 6:14:04 PM
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DepreceV2 posted...
Bishop9800 posted...
Gobstoppers12 posted...
It's both offensive and a central part of their own language (see: NAACP)


Really? Care to explain?


Yes please do. The name being in the acronym in an organization put together over 100 years ago doesnt mean its a central part of our language. lmao

Tell me what POC stands for, plz
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KILBOTz
04/15/19 6:15:49 PM
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Not offensive, just antiquated.
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Bishop9800
04/15/19 6:19:51 PM
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Gobstoppers12 posted...
DepreceV2 posted...
Bishop9800 posted...
Gobstoppers12 posted...
It's both offensive and a central part of their own language (see: NAACP)


Really? Care to explain?


Yes please do. The name being in the acronym in an organization put together over 100 years ago doesnt mean its a central part of our language. lmao

Tell me what POC stands for, plz


I asked you to explain how is the word "colored" is a central part of our language. You want to ask bullshit questions. So I'll ask again......

Can you please explain how the word "colored" is a central part of our language.

Or better yet,

So just because the word is in a organization, it's a central part of our"language"?
Solid Snake07
04/15/19 6:20:59 PM
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Back in the day it used to be the nice way to say black people. I think since you're acknowledging that everyone isnt the same color.

My grandmother used to say it and she was one of the sweetest people I've ever known to everyone. These days you cant even acknowledge race without some people getting awkward about it.
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DepreceV2
04/15/19 6:21:25 PM
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Gobstoppers12 posted...
DepreceV2 posted...
Bishop9800 posted...
Gobstoppers12 posted...
It's both offensive and a central part of their own language (see: NAACP)


Really? Care to explain?


Yes please do. The name being in the acronym in an organization put together over 100 years ago doesnt mean its a central part of our language. lmao

Tell me what POC stands for, plz


Not fond of that either. The word colored to describe black people is forever linked to segregation because of our history. Its offensive no matter how you try to spin it
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Unit7
04/15/19 6:21:57 PM
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Well I'm white so whether I find it offensive or not doesn't matter. It's not a word or descriptor aimed at me nor is there any history of that.

But many in the the black community do find it offensive. At least from what I have seen.

Which is good enough reason for me to never use it.
Vol2tex
04/15/19 6:22:31 PM
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I'm not going to spend my life being a color!
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