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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
Replies (31-40):
AmyL3469
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I have no room to talk. I'm white. Being PC is hard these days as things are always changing. However, people saying "colored" has a certain stigma to many years ago. Why can't people just be people?

LectioDivina
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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If it's offensive, Is the National Assoication for the Advancement of Colored People offended at itself?

CrazyBeautiful.
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Quoting almondpigeon:

i think it's outdated, but i don't know if it's offensive.  i've never really heard anyone use it, though. 

ebbierowe
by Gold Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

 I am black....the term colored is not exactly offensive but if you call me colored I am going to make a mental note about it and watch you a bit more then I would other people.

Can I just ask when anyone is in a situation where they are in earshot of a black or AA person and they have to refer to them by their race instead of their Name or sir ma'am?

I would have to think the only time how you refer to them would really matter. I mean if you are with a bunch of non-black people and you are talking about a black person at work what they prefer or find offensive doesn't matter cause they can't hear you and again why not use their name?

I say just stick to black or african american when you have to use a person's race.

sagagirl
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM
My daughter is half vietnamese and half white. If you call her friend black she gets mad she's seven. She out right tells people those people are not black your blind if you think so. My friends are brown.


Quoting Anonymous:

I call it Double A's. My 4yo calls them "brown people".

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 7 on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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Very offensive. I am white and this is how I feel about it:

And you calling me colored??

When I born, I black.
When I grow up, I black.
When I go in sun, I black.
When I scared, I black.
When I sick, I black.
And when I die, I still black.

And you white people.
When you born, you pink.
When you grow up, you white.
When you go in sun, you red.
When you cold, you blue.
When you scared, you yellow.
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you grey…

And you calling me colored??

Written by an African child and nominated by UN as the Best Poem of 2006

jellybeanjean
by Platinum Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I haven't heard anyone say that ever, only in the movies.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 8 on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM
I always thought there was a better way of approaching the race of someone. Like sir or ms. If your speaking about them and they are not there i try to say a name or nothibg at all.
Aslen
by Ruby Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM
Again, formed at a time when the word was accepted.
I think they should change it.


Quoting LectioDivina:

If it's offensive, Is the National Assoication for the Advancement of Colored People offended at itself?


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Aslen
by Ruby Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Are you in the uk now?


Quoting britishmummy:

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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