Thursday, March 5, 2009

Affirmative Action

That's really not cool, especially now that Obama's in office.


  1. does anyone that isn't a racist use the term "people of color" anymore? isn't that basically the same as saying "colored people"? furthurmore, are the creators of "Zits" racist?

  2. the NAAPoC uses the term

    he's only "in" because there are no other black people in Zits

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  4. The NAACP has been around for about 100 years, when "colored person" was the nicest term going. (besides, you know, the person's name)

    Despite the staleness of the jokes, Zits hasn't even been around for 20.

    (deleted previous comment for major typo that made me look stupider than usual)

  5. There's a great linguistic point on "people of color" made at Language Log:

    This comic made me think of it. Amazing edit, too.

  6. I've always hated the term "people of color" because "color" also means "character" or even "interest".... so, if you are European-American, you have no character. Which, you know, is an OK point to make if you're a self-deprecating white stand-up comic, but not so OK in serious race relations discussions.

    Plus, as an historian, I spend a lot of time looking at old newspapers, and I have - no joke - found a "people of color" usage dating from the 1880s, when it was used most disparagingly.