Well said Colin.
On Mon, Mar 26, 2018, 6:20 AM Colin Hume via Callers <
I'm going to be controversial, so please think
hard about what I'm saying
- and why you're reacting to it the way you
are - before replying.
I think "Political correctness" is mainly an American problem, though it
seems to be spreading to England too.
The word "nigger" was not originally a pejorative term, just a description
- it's the Latin word for "black" with the
"g" doubled. Since then it has become "black", "negro",
colour" and "African-American" (not much use in
England, that last one), and possibly others that I don't know about. But
this "political correctness" is treating the
symptom, not the disease.
If we look down on black people, or women, or homosexuals, or gypsies, or
people with mental or physical disabilities,
then any word we choose to label them with eventually comes to mean "those
people we look down on", and has to be
replaced by another euphemism. It wouldn't surprise me if in a few years'
time the word "gay" was seen as
"inappropriate" (a word I hate as much as "politically correct") and
to be replaced by another term.
And different people like to refer to themselves in different ways. Some
women in the USA object to being called
"ladies". But some ladies in England object to being called
Similarly some gypsies like being called
"gypsies", and I'm guessing that they would object to the word
"travellers" because that would include people who chose
to follow a travelling way of life but were not real gypsies.
So I'm with Tom Hinds - always be respectful, not intentionally
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