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I find that saying black is offensive to some, coloured is offensive to many, african is offensive to a lot, and the n word is offensive to most.

So what the heck do I call someone without being called racist?!
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I find that saying black is offensive to some, coloured is offensive to many, african is offensive to a lot, and the n word is offensive to most.

So what the heck do I call someone without being called racist?!
Seems to be what most black people call each other from what I see in day to day life, so, I just role with it. =l

I have never got in trouble over it before.
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how is "coloured" offensive? the NAACP uses the word "coloured" in its organisation name, so how is it racist when *they* use it?
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how is "coloured" offensive? the NAACP uses the word "coloured" in its organisation name, so how is it racist when *they* use it?
I've actually been told many a time that my black friends don't like being called coloured so idk
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I have yet to meet a fellow black person who is offended when they're called "black"....that's just ridiculous. Colored is fine although I personally think it's just dumb, African is fine if it's actually an African (the whole lumping African & Caribbean together is super lame & lazy imo), and yeah the n word is never a good idea with most of us 😂 Apparently black British people also find "negro" offensive, can't for the life of me understand that one, I've never been bothered by it.

TL;DR: Depends on the person and how well you know them, some people are mega sensitive children so just refer to them by some other trait than their race. Other people are way more chill so whatever they let you get away with
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how is "coloured" offensive? the NAACP uses the word "coloured" in its organisation name, so how is it racist when *they* use it?
It implies that white people are "not coloured", basically splitting every ethnic minority from white people, and it was used in the apartheid-era where everyone non-white was deemed as inferior and had less rights and were segregated and so on.
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how is "coloured" offensive? the NAACP uses the word "coloured" in its organisation name, so how is it racist when *they* use it?
What's coloured though? Everything that isn't white? I thought that the UK standard was whatever appears in the census (black, white, yellow, brown) and that's what's generally accepted. Anybody that gets offended can do one.
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I use POC, I think that's the correct term but I'm not sure.
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It implies that white people are "not coloured", basically splitting every ethnic minority from white people, and it was used in the apartheid-era where everyone non-white was deemed as inferior and had less rights and were segregated and so on.
in a modern day context, in the western world, where the majority of people are white, I don't think it's meant with any racism at all. I think you're misinterpreting its usage completely. what would be a better term than "coloured"? simply "black", "indian", "chinese", "hispanic", etc?
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in a modern day context, in the western world, where the majority of people are white, I don't think it's meant with any racism at all. I think you're misinterpreting its usage completely. what would be a better term than "coloured"? simply "black", "indian", "chinese", "hispanic", etc?
It's the historical usage I guess. Yes, those terms are much better instead of just lumping every non-white ethnicity into one. We like to have a bit of individuality. Using the word "colour" creates an unnecessary divide between ethnic minorities and white people, and it can definitely be taken offensively.
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I have yet to meet a fellow black person who is offended when they're called "black"....that's just ridiculous. Colored is fine although I personally think it's just dumb, African is fine if it's actually an African (the whole lumping African & Caribbean together is super lame & lazy imo), and yeah the n word is never a good idea with most of us 😂 Apparently black British people also find "negro" offensive, can't for the life of me understand that one, I've never been bothered by it.

TL;DR: Depends on the person and how well you know them, some people are mega sensitive children so just refer to them by some other trait than their race. Other people are way more chill so whatever they let you get away with
Because that's the word almost exclusively used by slavers to dehumanise black people and make the atrocities they committed against them seem morally acceptable, while the other n-word has become part of popular culture and is often used with non-malicious intentions.
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Because that's the word almost exclusively used by slavers to dehumanise black people and make the atrocities they committed against them seem morally acceptable, while the other n-word has become part of popular culture and is often used with non-malicious intentions.
You must be trolling because surely it's common knowledge that it was the actual n-word that was used this way, not "negro". And despite the widespread use of the word in a lot of music, it's "often" used maliciously, even within black circles. I honestly don't know which dark place you pulled the idea that it's part of pop culture...let Taylor Swift use it in a song and we'll see what happens :naughty:
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erm.... how about we stick with 'black people'? or people of colour. :erm:
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You must be trolling because surely it's common knowledge that it was the actual n-word that was used this way, not "negro". And despite the widespread use of the word in a lot of music, it's "often" used maliciously, even within black circles. I honestly don't know which dark place you pulled the idea that it's part of pop culture...let Taylor Swift use it in a song and we'll see what happens :naughty:
Both were used during the slave trade. Popular culture does not mean pop-music culture, lmao. I didn't say the n-word is never used maliciously, just that it is often used with non-racist connotations, while generally in the past 'negro' has only been used by rich, white, racist scumbags.

Get off your pretentious high horse and read more carefully next time. Thanks.
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If they're black call them black
If they're brown call them mixed-race

(Unless they're Indian then just call them Indian)
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I've actually been told many a time that my black friends don't like being called coloured so idk
wat black friends
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black is fine

coloured and n - I can completely understand why offense is taken



A bit off topic but I found this hilarious :lol:

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I have yet to meet a fellow black person who is offended when they're called "black"....that's just ridiculous. Colored is fine although I personally think it's just dumb, African is fine if it's actually an African (the whole lumping African & Caribbean together is super lame & lazy imo), and yeah the n word is never a good idea with most of us 😂 Apparently black British people also find "negro" offensive, can't for the life of me understand that one, I've never been bothered by it.

TL;DR: Depends on the person and how well you know them, some people are mega sensitive children so just refer to them by some other trait than their race. Other people are way more chill so whatever they let you get away with
people call you negro? lol
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wat black friends
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Both were used during the slave trade. Popular culture does not mean pop-music culture, lmao. I didn't say the n-word is never used maliciously, just that it is often used with non-racist connotations, while generally in the past 'negro' has only been used by rich, white, racist scumbags.

Get off your pretentious high horse and read more carefully next time. Thanks.
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You said often isn't used maliciously, I know from personal experience and the experiences of those around me it often is. And I guess we just have different definitions of popular culture then, to me music is one of the biggest indicators of it I'm not saying negro wasn't used or that it wasn't used rudely, just that it was people taking a somewhat ok term and adding a negative connotation. The other one was pure malice and intended to dehumanize them like you said earlier. To me negro is just caucasian for black people, literally have yet to meet an black American who cares

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people call you negro? lol
All my black friends do, all my white friends can (but most are too scared haha)
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