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Old 03-13-06, 05:28 PM
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Do you know anyone that still uses the term "colored"?

There is a guy I work with who is 60 years old. Everytime he talks about a black person he calls them "colored". "That colored point guard they have sure is a good shooter!" He says. Makes me cringe everytime he says it. I know he's not trying to be racist because he never says anything negative about the "colored folk". But come on! It's not 1955 any more. It seems to me the proper way would be to say "That point guard they have sure is a good shooter!". But I'm from a different generation I suppose. I have to work with him every day so I really don't want to call him out on it. Anyone else know someone that still uses the term?
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NAACP?

stupid, idiot censor won't let me type that in all caps unless i meet a quota of lower case. so there!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I know a lot of people who still use that term and don't mean anything negative about it at all, mostly older folk.

If someone doesn't mean anything negative by using a word like that, I don't see the reason to get offended by it.
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My mother, who is 84 and has lived most of her life in West Virginia.
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Originally Posted by Mopower
There is a guy I work with who is 60 years old. Everytime he talks about a black person he calls them "colored". "That colored point guard they have sure is a good shooter!" He says. Makes me cringe everytime he says it. I know he's not trying to be racist because he never says anything negative about the "colored folk". But come on! It's not 1955 any more. It seems to me the proper way would be to say "That point guard they have sure is a good shooter!". But I'm from a different generation I suppose. I have to work with him every day so I really don't want to call him out on it. Anyone else know someone that still uses the term?
I would rather be Colored than African American. Negro does not even bother me. He might not know the correct term for "us" this season and is going with something safe.
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Only people over 60 or so. And in that case, quite a few probably.
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"I colored my coloring book"?
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My grandfather. It doesn't bother me, since he doesn't mean anything negative by it. I say "black," incidentally. "African-American" takes too long to say and sounds too PC for my tastes.
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I just hadn't heard anyone that wasn't on TV say it before. Surprised me.
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Not since my grandparents died.
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My grandparents, mostly older people.
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I used the term just the other day to describe my pencils.

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Originally Posted by Shazam
"I colored my coloring book"?
Racist!

That's "I African-Americanized my pigmenting book."
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My dad says it sometimes but he's not meaning anything bad by it, I think it's just how he was raised.

Does it bother black/Afican American people to be called "colored"?
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Originally Posted by JasonF
I used the term just the other day to describe my pencils.

Racist.
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
My dad says it sometimes but he's not meaning anything bad by it, I think it's just how he was raised.

Does it bother black/Afican American people to be called "colored"?
When I personally think of the word "colored" it just reminds me of a long-gone era where I would have been forced to use a certain bathroom.

I prefer black - it's short, sweet and to the point.
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
My dad says it sometimes but he's not meaning anything bad by it, I think it's just how he was raised.

Does it bother black/Afican American people to be called "colored"?
Disclosure: black female speaking
I'm not fond of colored. I mentally cringe when I hear it. Even though the person saying it (usually older and white) doesn't mean anything by it. I don't take offense I just cringe a little on the inside.

I don't like african american either. I've been, and my parents and my parents parents, etc, have been here too long to be considered african american. What about folks from africa who just got here? What do you call them? They are very different from me (and they would agree) how would you differentiate? I prefer black or american.
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My kids are always saying "do you like the picture I colored Daddy?"

It's never too early to start them on the road to positive racial relations.
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Originally Posted by squidget
Disclosure: black female speaking
I'm not fond of colored. I mentally cringe when I hear it. Even though the person saying it (usually older and white) doesn't mean anything by it. I don't take offense I just cringe a little on the inside.

I don't like african american either. I've been, and my parents and my parents parents, etc, have been here too long to be considered african american. What about folks from africa who just got here? What do you call them? They are very different from me (and they would agree) how would you differentiate? I prefer black or american.
Thank you. I appreciate your feedback.
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Originally Posted by squidget
Disclosure: black female speaking
I'm not fond of colored. I mentally cringe when I hear it. Even though the person saying it (usually older and white) doesn't mean anything by it. I don't take offense I just cringe a little on the inside.

I don't like african american either. I've been, and my parents and my parents parents, etc, have been here too long to be considered african american. What about folks from africa who just got here? What do you call them? They are very different from me (and they would agree) how would you differentiate? I prefer black or american.
Well said. I'm opposed to hyphenates X-american. You are American, or you are not, simple as that. You can also be black, Jewish, etc... but you are an American. Focus on what the commonality is.

Yeah, old white people have been known to say colored. I do the same internal cringe. Maybe I'm a bad person, but I don't see the point in trying to re-educate them. If they're going to have purple hair, wear golf pants, etc... what are the odds I'm going to change a label?
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Originally Posted by JasonF
I used the term just the other day to describe my penis.

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As most have said already, it's pretty much older people who use the term. Below the Mason-Dixon Line, older black folks often still use it too. It's not meant as either insulting or self-derogatory, respectively.

Remember, it was a more polite term in their day. The negative terms were plentiful, so when I hear an old person use "colored", although it gives me a second's worth of pause, it's just not an issue. I think of it more as antiquated than rude.
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Niggah seems more insulting than colored. But hey, what do I know. I'm just white.
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Hmmm I suppose if he's old he might be able to get away with it.
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i know an old person who uses the term "darkie" I had never heard this term in the south before.

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