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What would do call them?


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I was having a conversation with a freind and I was wondering what would
you call "colored" people? Would you them "black","colored","negro","African-American" Or "dark-skinned." And if you are "colored" what do you preferred to be called?

I am not being racest i am wondering what you would call them that would be polite.
 

gehtfuct

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Go find yourself a few "black","colored","negro","African-American" Or "dark-skinned."....and ask them.

I'll give you a few minutes to breathe before you geht a lock-a-roo.


Bye. :p
 
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I myself referr to them as "black" the whole issue is fairly pointless in my mind.

The whole racism issue on the otherhand, I have nothing against blacks(though black chicks just don't do it for me) but I strongly resent how they can call whites anything and not get much flack for it. Try calling a black or mexican their racial derrogatives and see how well you fare.. :thumbsdn:
 
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It depends on my mood.

I am sorry to say, I can be racist sometimes. But mostly I call them black people. We don't have very many of them in this town. It's predominately white/brown people.
 

Brain Spout

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you mispelled cullured. down around here we 'fer to 'em as cullured folks, that or coons.


on a more serious, less offensive note, perhaps too serious for chit chat, i pose a question: why is saying a word like "coon", or "******" taboo, when saying a word like "cracker" or "honkey" isn't. for that matter, i could go out on the street and say chink, jap, wop, etc. etc. etc. and people wouldn't be quite as offended if i say colored. although i feel that using the words isn't a good idea i also feel that hiding them and fearing their use is worse. the word "******" will never be a positive word that people can use, it was a word that was spawned from hatred. however, if we hide the word, we are simply feeding into the idea that if we say it we will look racist. i don't care if i look racist because im not. i have friends of all different races, religions, etc. i try to ignore things like that, but when you say certain things in front of certain people you do get a little on edge. not even offensive things, but for example. have you ever called "African Americans" "black people" when an african american person you aren't aquanted with is nearby. i have and i sometimes get nervous that i may have offended them.

i think that the words that have been deamed racist shouldn't lose that value, because that is what they are, but i think that fear of even uttering these words should be diminished. it's kind of hard to voice what i'm saying both sides of the argument in my opinion make sense and id like to find a midway.

Side 1: racist words are offensive and shouldn't be said because they are offensive and that is why they exist, to be offensive. trying to incorporate them into our everyday language is a bad idea because they were meant to be offensive and there original meaning will never be lost.

Side 2: if we fear saying these words their value will grow and they will become more offensive and more taboo. we should stop fearing the use of these words, etc.

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Runningflame570 said:
The whole racism issue on the otherhand, I have nothing against blacks(though black chicks just don't do it for me) but I strongly resent how they can call whites anything and not get much flack for it. Try calling a black or mexican their racial derrogatives and see how well you fare..
i know exactly how you feel, sometimes i feel as if us upper middle class white christian males have it the worst in this society
/sarcasm
 

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WizardlyFriend said:
you mispelled cullured. down around here we 'fer to 'em as cullured folks, that or coons.


on a more serious, less offensive note, perhaps too serious for chit chat, i pose a question: why is saying a word like "coon", or "******" taboo, when saying a word like "cracker" or "honkey" isn't. for that matter, i could go out on the street and say chink, jap, wop, etc. etc. etc. and people wouldn't be quite as offended if i say colored. although i feel that using the words isn't a good idea i also feel that hiding them and fearing their use is worse. the word "******" will never be a positive word that people can use, it was a word that was spawned from hatred. however, if we hide the word, we are simply feeding into the idea that if we say it we will look racist. i don't care if i look racist because im not. i have friends of all different races, religions, etc. i try to ignore things like that, but when you say certain things in front of certain people you do get a little on edge. not even offensive things, but for example. have you ever called "African Americans" "black people" when an african american person you aren't aquanted with is nearby. i have and i sometimes get nervous that i may have offended them.

i think that the words that have been deamed racist shouldn't lose that value, because that is what they are, but i think that fear of even uttering these words should be diminished. it's kind of hard to voice what i'm saying both sides of the argument in my opinion make sense and id like to find a midway.

Side 1: racist words are offensive and shouldn't be said because they are offensive and that is why they exist, to be offensive. trying to incorporate them into our everyday language is a bad idea because they were meant to be offensive and there original meaning will never be lost.

Side 2: if we fear saying these words their value will grow and they will become more offensive and more taboo. we should stop fearing the use of these words, etc.

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i know exactly how you feel, sometimes i feel as if us upper middle class white christian males have it the worst in this society
/sarcasm
That basicly sums it all up i would have to agree. :thumbsup: Repped. I couldn't of said it any better myself.
 

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I usually don't refer to people by their ethnicity or race. I try to identify them by their individual names or organizations. However, when I need to, I use a black (60% of the time) and African-American(40% of the time). In general, I try to identify with people the way they identify themselves, as long as it's a respectful term.
So, if it's a black person from Jamaica, I call'm Jamaican. If they're from Ethiopia, I call'm Ethopian. But, since a lot black people in America are descendants of slaves from Africa and that travesty often deprived them of the means of tracing their ancestors to which family/clan/nation in Africa, they often don't know their ethnic origin (through no fault of their own). In that case, they know know is their ancestors came from somewhere in Africa. If they don't know which part of Africa, I certainly don't know, so I just refer to them as African-American.
As for the spefic terms:
I use black*, because they use black and they use it with pride.
The same with African-American.
I don't use colored, because it doesn't make sense. Everyone has color in their skin and it's a misuse of vocabulary. Most important, I've never heard of Africans or blacks calling themselves colored.
I don't use dark-skinned, because that's an extremely relative term. Bavarians are dark-skinned compaired to Danes. As with colored, it doesn't really specify Africans anymore than it does people from Sri-Lanka. And just like colored, I never heard of Africans refering to themselves as dark-skinned.

* Technically, I consider black an inaccurate term because a bunch of peeps I went to school with from Bengaladesh and Pakistan had much darker, blacker skin than any African-American. However, African-American have claimed the term, so it's theirs.
 

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I am black, and would prefer being called black. And Runningflame570, a racist is a racist regardless of the color, and though everyone else doesn't catch as much flack from saying something like "cracker" or "honkey" as whites do "******", they still deserve a well-polished boot in the ass, like every other racist annoying bastard out there.

EDIT: In reference to the above post, I have an Indian friend (the actual country of India) and their skin is darker than mine.
 

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Well i use African-american because they call us americans so i call them African-american. I call them from what country they are from. LIke frech,german, sweedish, canadian, jamaican, australianand so on and so forth. :thumbsup:

I just ask it to see what other people think.
 

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I call them American. Unless they are not American.

Unless you are giving a police report, or making a social statement, there is little or no reason to refer to a person by thier skin color.

Although, my nephews and niece are african/polynesian mix, and sometimes we use derogatory slang, but its all good because they are my family.
 
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well i'm from the hood, so i call my fellow brothas as MA *****, then i follow it up with some laying of skin. sorry for the sarcasim. what does their skin color matter, they are people, do you walk up and say HEY MY BLACK FRIEND! pfft. i have cousins who are half black and half indian, i call them nigians :rolleyes: then i tell him to get my coffee, he usually follows that up with a big old F#*K you but hey, whos name calling here? :rolleyes:
 

Icarus

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Black or African American, whichever is preferred by the person, although there usually isn't much reason to mention it?

My girlfriend wants me to call her the N-word (she's part black)... I don't know what to think about that (I'm uncomfortable doing it).
 

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Nymphchick said:
well i'm from the hood, so i call my fellow brothas as MA *****, then i follow it up with some laying of skin. sorry for the sarcasim. what does their skin color matter, they are people, do you walk up and say HEY MY BLACK FRIEND! pfft. i have cousins who are half black and half indian, i call them nigians :rolleyes: then i tell him to get my coffee, he usually follows that up with a big old F#*K you but hey, whos name calling here? :rolleyes:
Nymphy, Nymphy, you just don't get it? I am trying to be more polite. I lived in the hood with my mom. She did drugs and shit and she called them *****s. But thats for people who live in the hood. Again i was wondering what other people call them. If you are in a situation were you don't know their name what would you call? "Hey you see that *****r over there?" No thats wrong, i was asking what else to say besides *****r.

*****r is a word for people who don't have respect for other people. That is why people in the hood say that. I just call them people because they are. But when i am stuck in a situation that i would have to call them by their race i would say African-american. Thats because they are. And i am american. :thumbsup:
 
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hey how about calling them by there name? i don't think you picked up on the sarcasim in my post. sorry for that, i don't know what their color matters. what are you saying? that your gonna yell HEY BLACK DUDE OVER THERE. hmmm sounds kinda off to me. just yell HEY FRED! works better.
 

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Nymphchick said:
hey how about calling them by there name? i don't think you picked up on the sarcasim in my post. sorry for that, i don't know what their color matters. what are you saying? that your gonna yell HEY BLACK DUDE OVER THERE. hmmm sounds kinda off to me. just yell HEY FRED! works better.
No, no, no, no I meant if you don't know their name and your talking to someone else.
 

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i dont think anyone on here really implies the n-word as offensive...unless stated..so those of you who take it that way...chill out...honestly no one is here to offend anyone in this particular subject....black dudes sure do have big dicks tho.....ever watch porn?
 
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this dude in my school calls everyone his *****, regardless of race. so idk.
 
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WizardlyFriend said:
i know exactly how you feel, sometimes i feel as if us upper middle class white christian males have it the worst in this society
/sarcasm
I really appreciate being smeared while I'm away. I never said I was upper middle-class[I'm not BTW] and I never said we had it bad, I stated resentment of that particular political condition.

Before you insult somebody, make sure they are around to defend themselves. Doing otherwise is cheap and shameless.