Not to be rude but can people start googling?
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"The term was common parlance in the 1960s, but its origins are the problem, says Mr Agbetu. It comes from the ideology of racism, that white people are white, and everyone else is somehow other coloured. It fails to recognise that everyone has an ethnicity and is an inadequate "one-size-fits all" description.
Nor was it a term chosen by those it refers to, but instead imposed by the wider - and white - society.”
Okay I can see why it’s an offensive term, that it’s an umbrella term and everything but what’s the difference between people of color and colored people.
I’m seriously not trying to argue at all I’m just curious as to what is considered okay to say and what’s not.
Sorry if this irritates you, maybe I shouldn’t ask you seem to be annoyed enough.
It’s fine to ask for clarification but its the third time I’ve been asked why coloured is offensive, so it gets tedious explaining. You’re fine.
People of colour doesn’t apply that white is the default and everything else is ‘other’. It’s a termed made and used by PoC, for PoC, without anyone else telling us that yeah this is what you are.
On an elementary level, I can understand the confusion, because the phrases consist of basically the same words, just rearranged. But only on an elementary level. Language doesn’t exist in some vacuum, consisting only of dictionary definitions and without any historical or societal context.
I’m white, so I could be entirely wrong here, and my opinion on the subject doesn’t really matter as much, but as far as I know, the actual words themselves aren’t offensive. It’s the centuries of oppression that lead to the creation of that phrase, the historical use of it as a demeaning title, the underlying connotations, and the ignorance towards/disregard for that historical context, that offends people.
More importantly, if the majority of a population finds a word offensive, and you don’t enjoy offending people, is it really that hard to just not to use the word? I can understand being curious about why it’s offensive, but even if you never find a satisfying explanation, I hope you’ll accept that people are, in fact, offended by it.