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What about Native Americans?
I had posts from proud full-on "Indians", and then I've had a post from a Cherokee who said he would knock out the teeth of anyone who calls him an "Indian".
For many, Native American is the only choice for expressing respect toward America's indigenous peoples; Indian is seen as wrong and offensive. For others, the former smacks of bureaucracy and the manipulation of language for political purposes while the latter is the natural English term, its inaptness made irrelevant by long use. Fortunately, this controversy appears to have subsided somewhat in recent years, and it is now common to find the two terms used interchangeably in the same piece of writing.
Why are Latin Americans or indigenous Amazonians never called "Native Americans"? Is it a US thing?
Native American and Indian are not exact equivalents when referring to the aboriginal peoples of Canada and Alaska. Native American, the broader term, is properly used of all such peoples, whereas Indian is customarily used of the northern Athabaskan and Algonquian peoples in contrast to the Eskimos, Inuits, and Aleuts. Alaska Native (or less commonly Native Alaskan) is also properly used of all indigenous peoples residing in Alaska.
I love history, so I post on this, and when I use "Native American" I get rude posts from other Americans who claim they are also "natives" by definition.
It's like damend if you do, and damned if you don't
I think referring to people by the color of their skin, is outdated (sadly it was indate at once) but that we should ignore this, and refer to all people, as PEOPLE! We can only first make this change within ourselves, that's where it all starts, and it will spread, through consciousness raising.
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
He was right though and it has made me think more about how I describe others.
Originally posted by Republican08
What say you ATS, should socially describing people by their color, be something tolerable?