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From:Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 17, 2002, 19:06

> > > > I don't think I'd like this either if I were of > Indian descent, > > particularly not if of the Bharat variety ...
Where I live, you're safest to use the term "desi" for natives of the Indian subcontinent. Conflating Indians, Pakistanis, and Bangladeshis is not a good idea if you can help it, so best to use the one term they share.
> Generally agreed, but to be fair, the term "American > Indian" > is often considered less patronizing by many of the > peoples > it describes than "Native American" is. (Of course, > this does > not legitimize these other synonyms.) >
I've seen it go maybe fifty-fifty amongst all the Natives I've talked to (part of my ideolect tends to shorten it to "Native".) Some of it seems to be perhaps a correlation with education--Native students I know here at school are more likely to go with "Native American", and the few I've known outside school with less education seem much more likely to go with either "American Indian" or just "Indian". For myself, I don't use any of these terms, in part because I'm biracial anyway. I just describe myself as "Cherokee" because that's so much more accurate. How much do I have in common ethnically, historically, etc, with, say, Navajos or Athabascans? Dana Clint __________________________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! News - Today's headlines