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

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Friday, October 17, 2003, 17:03
On 17 Oct 2003 at 6:27, Stone Gordonssen wrote:

> > > > > 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.
"Oriental" is considered racist? It's a more precise term than "Asian", and IMO less, rather than more, prejudicial, being the natural antonym to "Occidental". I knew it was verging on the obsolete, but I had no idea it was considered a racist term. I still use it, and if my doing so has caused offense, it has never been brought to my attention. Anyhoo, I shall use it less in the future. Paul


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>