Is it racist to say "black person"?

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  1. Jacklack3
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    I know it probably isn't, but for some reason if i'm talking to someone, they or even me might say "dark-skinned" or something instead of just saying "black"... Is it racist to say "black person", or is it racist to try to avoid saying "black person"?
     
  2. HamBone41801

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    depends. in certain areas of south america, they prefer negro, and black is their n-word.
     
  3. dAVID_

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    It's just another way of saying it.
     
  4. Plstic

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    Calling somebody black is not racist.
     
  5. tbb043

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    Negro is literally black in spanish (and latin, IIRC).
     
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    Is it racist to say "white person?"
     
  7. TotalInsanity4

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    Depends on intent. Some people prefer that you capitalize it if you're referring to them as a group ("Blacks"), and a lot of people prefer to be referred to as People/<Occupation> of Color, unless the distinction needs to be made that they're specifically Black or Brown
     
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    It really depends. Some get offended no matter what you say. I remember back when in worked in retail, someone got upset that I referred to someone ( over a radio no less) as an IC3 male wearing a red jacket and baseball cap. I was told by this person that i was racist and had no proof that he had done anything and that I would be looking for a new job by the end of the day.
     
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  9. Daggot

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    In america it isn't at least.
     
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  10. DRAGONBALLVINTAGE

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    where my black tempters at!?!?
     
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  11. HamBone41801

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    yes, I am aware.
     
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    If it is racist to say Black person, then it is racist to say White person. it is literally just a way of separating groups based on physical appearance. It would be no different than saying Hitchhiker-thumb people and non-Hitchhiker-thumb people. Some people just get offended when they want to feel special.
     
  13. Wolfvak

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    it is also used independently of your actual skin color, f.e. an equivalent of "my dear" (parent-to-son) would be "mi negro/negra" in some areas close to the Rio de la Plata, especially Montevideo and Buenos Aires, regardless of your race.

    it's probably incorrect to say a "black person" in formal reports (news, documents, since a better term would be "African-American" in objective reports), but when talking about day-to-day conversations it's probably just fine, as long as you emphasize "person" over "black" lol.
     
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    ? Why were you using police code in a retail position
     
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    Not racist, but politically incorrect. People have the false notion that racism is simply stating the race of someone. Racism, by definition, is discrimination due to race.
     
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    The town I was working in had a huge surge in theft from shops, so the local council set up a scheme which issued every shop with a radio which was a direct link to link to police and CCTV ops. There were 3 of us from my store that went for the training and given a manual on how to communicate over the radios. If i remember right he made off with a £70 lego set, which I wouldn't have had out on the shop floor, but you can't argue with what corporate wants or else you get marked down on mystery shops and inspections.
     
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    Lol what the hell kinda message is saying that articulating a particular skin colour is in and of itself a bad thing

    e.g. I'm a brown person I don't know how else I would describe my skin colour, nor do I see a point in censoring this particular detail.
     
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    Everything is racist now. Haven't you heard?
     
  19. Jacklack3
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    Guess I have to make myself black to become PC since I like GBAtemp Dark and i'm white. B-)
     
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    I live in the US, and called black people "black" all my life and never had any issue. I have tons of black friends, my best friend is also black. He told me hates it when people use the term "People of color" and says it's kinda cringy. :P
     
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