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When did Western newspapers stop using the term “Japs” in their publications?

There are countless examples of highly accredited publications like the New York Times that used the derogatory term “Japs” in their articles instead of “Japan/Japanese” during and after WWII. When ...
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Origin of the phrase "crazy as a coon"—is it racist?

Encountered most recently in the Procol Harum song "Lime Street." Does the phrase refer to a raccoon, or is the word here used in the sense of the slur?
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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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What is a word that means someone who hates their own race? [duplicate]

I'm seeking a word that means you hate your race for whatever reason, but you don't hate yourself for being a part of it, because it wasn't up to you to choose to be so.
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What is the term for someone who thinks their race is inferior to other races? [duplicate]

I believe that being racist means that you believe your own race to be superior to other races? What would be the antonym for racist?
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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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