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Question about the words or phrases which might be perceived as racism (or not)

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Is the phrase “nitty-gritty” racist?

A BBC article, dated 15 May 2002, asserts the expression nitty-gritty is banned from British politics (and also by police services) due to its supposedly disagreeable origin. The emphasis in bold is ...
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Could "jibe with" imply something racist?

In the latest episode of Succession, they are talking about potential candidates and we know there is a guy called Salgado (I don't remember a prior implication that Salgado is racist but he is not ...
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Specific Term for prejudice/prejudiced behaviour (racial, gender, etc...) that justifies itself by a prior history of prejudice?

If someone made the following, certainly problematic, statements: "There is a higher risk (member of oppressed minority) will underperform at a job or task, since it is more likely they are ...
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White Noises, Person or People

What is the earliest printed use in English, including relevant context, of 'white person' or 'white people'? As nearly as I have been able to discover, the term is first found in print in these ...
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White Noises, Woman or Women

What is the earliest printed use in English, including relevant context, of 'white woman' or 'white women'? As nearly as I have been able to discover, the term is first found in print in these ...
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What would someone who is prejudiced against a country be called? [duplicate]

The reason why I asked was because I saw a movie and that question came up in my mind. Racist doesn't seem to be the right word, as country doesn't necessarily imply race. An example of how it might ...
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A non-racist alternative to "Barbarian" [closed]

I come from a place where lots of people are of Amazhig ("Berber") descent. Hence, when I use English, I try to avoid using the words barbarian or barbaric, even though its modern-day use is not ...
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Is the name "KOON Bar“ offensive? [closed]

A friend of mine opened a bar named “KOON Bar” in Germany. The bar is in Kassel and Kassel is often named as raccoon city, because a lot of raccoons live here. So he was looking for a short version ...
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The word for discrimination against people from other regions within a country?

I wonder if "racism" can be used to refer to discrimination against people from other regions within the same country. According to the Oxford dictionary, the definition of "racism" is: Prejudice, ...
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Understanding of racism in a sentence [closed]

Recently there was a quite an argument in certain group of people coming from various countries, each having different English skill and obviously different understanding of things in English. The ...
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Term for reclaiming or restoring pride in social stigmas ("Taking it back")?

UPDATE: (05/25/17) One word that was suggested was "own". While not perfect, it is close. Some more examples it made me think of to illustrate what I mean by flipping something negative into a ...
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Is "lynch" considered a racist word?

Let's say that for example, people thought Chris was a bad person and he killed many people. A group of people vote for Chris to be lynched. Race has absolutely nothing to do with this; it's because ...
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What type of humor would racist and sexist jokes be categorized into?

I did not major in literary studies so I do not readily recognize the nuances that are used to distinguish between the various concepts. It doesn't seem to fit insult comedy since it is rarely told ...
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Does "sallow complexion" include bad meaning?

I'm non-native speaker and I live in Australia. When I filled out the form of a driving license, the officer made me fill sallow in the blank. I didn't know the meaning of sallow at that time, I did. ...
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Single Word for Anti-Racism?

Is there a single word in the English language that defines an individual that hates racists? I've always used "anti-racist" or "anti-racism" or "anti-hate" but there must be a single word in the ...
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Is there implicit racism in the word guerrilla?

The pronunciation of the word "guerrilla" is a close homophone to the word "gorilla". Is there any implicit racism in the origin or later usage of the word "guerrilla", based perhaps on the inferior ...
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Racist and offensive term for a black person during the Civil War

Is there a word like "colored" or "darkie" that would be offensive to a white southerner during the Civil War? I don't think the N word would work here. I'm working on a screenplay and want a southern ...
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Is calling a white person "white bread" considered racist in everyday conversation?

I have just watched "Top Five" played by Chris Rock. In this movie, there is a scene where Chris Rock saw a white actor and here is the conversation: The actor (played by white male actor): Hey, ...
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What does Ginga, Gingka or Ginkga mean? [closed]

I have been told that it's a racist derogatory term.
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Is "denigrate" a racist word? [duplicate]

A few years ago I was told not to use that word because, in addition to its negative meaning, it comes from Latin denigratus, past participle of denigrare, which means to blacken. Therefore, "to ...
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Is there such a variety as "Standard Black English”, spoken by educated African Americans, or is it just a racist phrase?

Standard Black English – (1980, coined by Orlando Taylor) The Standard English of black Americans. Taylor points out the fact that most educated African Americans speak “standard black English”. ...
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Does the term "garbledy gook" have racist origins?

For me, the term garbledy gook simply means garbage; unintelligible text or speech. An example usage would be: If you open that binary file in notepad, you'll just see a load of garbledy gook ...
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