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Wrong words

ellie2000ellie2000 Posts: 959 Part of The Mix Family
Y is 'half cast' offensive, coz there's a poem called it


  • AidanAidan Clever idiot Posts: 2,620 Boards Champion
    I think mixed-race is still okay to say, half-caste can be seen as offensive because it's less like 'oh so your parents have different ethnicities' and more like 'oh your race isn't pure anymore because one of your parents is from a inferior race'- kinda like half-bloods from Harry Potter!
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  • AzzimanAzziman The Mix convert Posts: 826 Part of The Mix Family
    It's the notion of 'caste' that's the problem - often considered a way of creating a social hierarchy. In this case, half-caste refers to the idea that certain ethnicities (i.e. White European/American) are more important than others. The poem itself is a challenge to the idea of caste, from the point of naivety - I'd look up the meaning to find out more :)
  • SkiveSkive No discipline. No morality. No respect. New ForestPosts: 15,148 Skive's The Limit
    Unless you're mixed race yourself, I would avoid using the term.
    Yesterday is history
    Tomorrow is a mystery
    But today is a gift
    That’s why it’s call the present
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