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Re: OT: [Let_It_Be_Forever_Islam] THE WORLD OF THE JINN

From:Stone Gordonssen <stonegordonssen@...>
Date:Friday, October 17, 2003, 13:27
> > > > I'm not sure I'd buy into capitalising "Gay" (any > > > > more than "Straight"), though, neither > > > > racio-ethnic terms. Those are kind of like > > > > capitalising "green eyed". > > > > I suspect any group subjected to long-term prejudices (at least n the >USA) > > is likely to capitolize its label: "Asians", "Blacks". > >"Asian" isn't really relevant here - the adjectives (and therefrom derived >nouns) refering to the continents are always capitalized.
Yes and no - "Asian" has been adopted by a major body of peoples living in the USA as a social identifier like "Black" - in opposition to the (now considered racist) "Oriental". This grew from perceived social prejudices against them as a whole.
> > >I thought is was usual practice to capitalize the more >scientif[i]quesque > > >race- > > >labels like "Caucasoid", "Mongoloid" and "Negroid"? > > > > "Appelachians"? "Cajuns"? > >I'm afraid I'm missing the point. To my knowledge, neither of those is a >racial >term, while they go well enough with the long-standing tradition of >capitalizing words refering to ethnicities and whatever the word is for >people >comming from an area designated with a particular toponym.
Which was my point - the use of capitalization for an identifying label is not based on scientific abstraction but social convention. _________________________________________________________________ Send instant messages to anyone on your contact list with MSN Messenger 6.0. Try it now FREE!


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