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elmo_iscariot
Dec. 22nd, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
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<i?(Is African-American the proper term now? Apparently it isn't "coloured" any more, as Alan Hansen has just found out. Good grief. Am I the only person here who can remember when "coloured" was the politically correct word to use?)</i>

In my experience, "African American" is loudly insisted on by white people who are afraid that "black" will offend somebody else, and who are unaware that black people can come from the Caribbean or live outside America.
philmophlegm
Dec. 22nd, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
If we used that model on this side of the Atlantic, I wonder if we would differentiate between 'African-British' and 'African-West Indian*-British'.

Of course in South Africa, 'coloured' explicitly does not mean black, hence the title of this film:
http://www.capecoloured.com/

You know what though? I really, really wish that this sort of thing didn't matter. Alan Hansen was actually condemning racism when he used the word, but people see the word, not the sentiment. Those people who were so quick to criticise him are not helping the cause in my view.




* Over here, we would tend to use the term 'West Indian' rather than Caribbean to distinguish between the mostly black parts of the Caribbean (especially those in the Commonwealth) and the mostly hispanic parts.
elmo_iscariot
Dec. 22nd, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Ahh, the politics of race. It's an awful lot of angst over a discredited Victorian anthropological pseudoscience, innit?
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