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Question: Is the word "colored" offensive when talking about people of color?




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when used to describe people of color..... offensive or no? I have a friend of mine who says it's not, and that it's a regional thing, and I think she's ignorant.  Like seriously, I live in GA, and the ONLY people that could get away with saying are 90 year old white people, and they're excused because they're old. (growing up when they did "colored" and "negro" were the nice terms)

I'm from NY and never heard anyone describe someone as colored. 

She's from IN and says "everyone" says it there, and that it's OK because she's never been corrected by anyone of color.

I'm surprised she hasn't had her ass kicked by now.

So, CM gods, what do YOU deem the word "colored"? Offensive or not?

by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM
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by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:19 AM

The word "colored" makes me think of crayons, not people> IDK  just me

by Platinum Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM
I don't know anyone who actually uses that term. It has a negative connotation so I would think it would be offensive.
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by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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I'm black and dh is white, our 4 children are biracial and I don't like the "colored" word. It just sounds disrespectful, but I'd rather hear "colored" than "negro"!
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by Gold Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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The difference is that "people of color" is more inclusive and covers any "brown" person anywhere in the world, where as "colored people" is almost always referring to black people in the US, in the south, before even the appearance of equal rights.  It's all about the historical and psychological tone.

It's like calling someone a "jew boy" rather than a "jewish boy"...the first is a pejorative, the second is a descriptive...and the only difference is the "ish".

Quoting almondpigeon:

i'm honestly not trying to be snarky or bitchy...but how is "people of color" any different from saying "colored people"?


Quoting Babujai:

"People of color" is more appropriate.  "Colored" is not inherently offensive, but it is a psychologically loaded term that is reminiscent of the abuses and discrimination of slavery and jim crow.




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by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Hmm. I say colored, only because when I say 'black' I get an ear full that I am a racist. I say colored as it doesn't matter if they are African, Jamaican or only half with half white. It's almost impossible to not offend anybody no though, I PERSONALLY find the term colored is fine to use. It is far from offensive.

by Anonymous 5 on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

 i think not. saying "black" seems more offensive to me. it's not like their calling them the "N" word.

by Emerald Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

IMO, it's no different than saying "black"

by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

There are far too many ignorant women online today. We do not 'fail' at life, we have a different opinion to you. Offensive varies from different cities and countries. I find coloured a polite term, there are much worse terms.

Quoting banana-bear:

Who the fuck voted no? You fail at life.

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by Blessed be on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Like you I think the only people saying colored now are old people who grew up with that term being used.

by Anonymous 6 on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM
I call it Double A's. My 4yo calls them "brown people".
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