In addition to being condescending and divisive, the phrase “people of color” also obscures reality.
Theodore Dalrymple September 20, 2022
The expression “people of color” has always seemed to me in equal measure stupid, condescending, and vicious. It divides humanity into two categories, whites and the rest, or rather whites versus the rest; it implies an essential or inherent hostility between these two portions of humanity; and it implies also no real interest in the culture or history of the people of color, whose only important characteristic is that of having been ill-treated by, and therefore presumably hating, the whites. Compared with the phrase “people of color,” the language of apartheid was sophisticated and nuanced.
It should not need saying that, as the history of Europe attests,
whites have not always been happily united, and that “people of color”
do not necessarily form one happy, united family, either. Nevertheless, a
recent disturbance in the city of Leicester, in the East Midlands of
England, starting several days ago and still not definitively over, came
as something of a surprise...........To Read More...
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