I find this whole subject intriguing as in my lifetime what i learned, and what
is acceptable has changed. Words that i was taught as a child and and growing
up with have changed so much that now i have to hesitate and wonder if in
present conversation what i am about to say can be offensive.
I was born in India of almost
total british heritage, and there were
nursery rhymes i grew up with said openly and without malice, which have
become a total no no. I also had a soft toy (don't even know if it is pc to even
mention what it was) My children had the same soft toy, and i knitted one for
my first grandchild. It was a much loved toy .... no malice attached to it.
That grandchild turned out to be severely autistic, he hasn't the capacity for
deceit and he is incapable of lying or deliberately hurting anyone he says it
as it is...
When he was around 9yrs he went to the doctor (who was African) and the
first thing he said was "Oh a chocolate doctor" I looked the dr straight in the
eyes, wondering if he would take offense, at something which in reality was
Going back to my childhood in India the *N* word was used openly, as was
Negro, coloured was acceptable using *black* was offensive.
Later in life i was talking to someone 'of colour' when he said, he was black
and preferred that, to being called coloured?
Slightly of topic but in the same vein.... While in India I was aware the
religious elements in India were Hindu's and Mohammadans. Many years
later when i returned for a visit i realised it was no longer a term in use,
and was in fact a derogatory term.... it was now Muslim!
I notice that the term "brown" is never used in the same way? Its always
Asian or Indian, wonder why that is? How come as a colour black is/was
considered the more offensive?
edit on 23-7-2016 by eletheia because: (no reason given)