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A race ‘storm in a teacup’ .. ?

Posted by Big John on January 29, 2015

I see that ‘flavour of the month’ actor Benedict Cumberbatch has apologised for using the word ‘coloured’ when referring to black actors, even though he obviously meant no offence.

Now I know that in this day and age one has to tread very carefully when entering the ‘minefield’ of diversity, but I must be missing something here: so please do feel free to correct me; but isn’t there a huge organisation in the USA which since the early 20th century has sought to end discrimination on the basis of race, and isn’t it called the …

… National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People ?


6 Responses to “A race ‘storm in a teacup’ .. ?”

  1. ginnie said

    Hi John: Yes, that’s the name alright. It’s interesting…in my AA meetings we have a great diversity of folks and I’ve never heard the word colored used there. We usually say something like “in answer to my black friend in the front row ….” or something similar if we don’t know the name. They do the same and call us “white friend” and it’s all taken with good humor. Wish the “outside world” could say the same.

  2. Rummuser said

    Ah, political correctness. It is a minefield now with everyone and his uncle pussyfooting around. India is no less with laws criminalising the use of some words like ‘paraiah’ in the native idiom and unsuspecting folks using it in the English idiom landing in trouble! Nuts.

  3. I think we would all be better off if people would simply refuse to apologize for trivial things. He obviously didn’t need to apologize for what he said. If we don’t start standing up for ourselves and stop forever apologizing every time someone doesn’t like what we said, nobody will be able to say anything.

  4. Dick Klade said

    I still see “people of color” used as an identifier without creating a fuss. The Politically Correct craze often is crazy.

  5. Shirley said

    Having lived through myself being referred to as the “N” word, then Colored, then Black, then African American, I am terribly confused as to why the very handsome Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch was criticized and made felt to apologize. Different age groups prefer one or the other of the four categories, so I don’t get that Benedict was inappropriate so long as he didn’t use the “N” word.

  6. Rummuser said

    There’s an annual contest at Bond University, Australia, calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term. This year’s chosen term was “political correctness”.

    The winning entry :

    “Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional , illogical minority and promoted by mainstream media , which holds forth the proposition that it is eminently possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end.”

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