I'm searching for an English word (or short phrase) that means "one who sees people in terms of their 'race/ethnicity', but isn't hateful".

I've searched for such a term, but haven't found one.

  • Is this about political correctness? A PC person sees people in terms of race or ethnicity all the time without being hateful about it, but it's not exclusively about that? – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Apr 30 '19 at 19:18
  • I think that Cultural diversity is neutral. However, a more general term could be minority, or minority groups which is used in sociology and in politics. – Lucian Sava Apr 30 '19 at 19:35
  • @Cerberus No, didn't even cross my mind. – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Apr 30 '19 at 19:51
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    Hyperfocused on race, or overly race-aware, hung up about race, all about race, a labeler. – aparente001 May 1 '19 at 4:53
  • @aparente001 That's the idea. Especially the first three phrases. – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket May 1 '19 at 8:13

The short answer is no, there is no commonly used term, since most English speakers have realized that racial stereotyping is bad (if not hateful). Thus, racist, with its negative connotation is the word.

However, some find it useful to differentiate the outmoded concept of racialism.


: a theory that race determines human traits and capacities


In 1903, W. E. B. Du Bois said that racialism is the philosophical position that races existed, and that collective differences existed among such categories, the races.[citation needed] He further stated that racism required advancing the argument that one race is superior to other races of human beings. In In My Father’s House (1992), Kwame Anthony Appiah summarized Du Bois's philosophical stance that racialism is value-neutral term and that racism is a value-charged term.




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