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Started by Agaliarept on Jun 10, 2019 12:43:50 PM
Women of color call out Dictionary.com's 'offensive' definition of 'black'

According to Dictionary.com, the synonyms associated with the word range from “gloomy,” to “threatening,” to “evil,” and even “soiled.”

Now, women of color online are demanding a change to the “offensive” connotations of the word.

“Let’s Change The Old, Insulting, Abusive, Objectionable, Hostile, Attacking Definition Of ‘Black/ black,’” wrote one Twitter user. “It’s Not Who We Are Or What We a Stand For. So Let’s Move To Change It And Proudly Represent BLACK, As We Really Are.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/women-of-color-call-out-dictionarycoms-offensive-definition-black-000906372.html

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Agaliarept - 10 Jun 2019 12:45:34 (#1 of 56)

Dictionary.com says:

In response to Nyshayla’s tweet, Dictionary.com wrote: ‘We agree! We are making some updates and revisions that will be rolled out on Dictionary.com later this year.’

They added on their website: ‘Currently this definition sits right above a definition that reads “soiled or stained with dirt”. ‘While there are no semantic links between these two senses, their proximity on the page can be harmful.

It can lead to unconscious associations between this word of identity and a negative term.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/09/women-of-colour-call-for-dictionary-com-to-update-its-offensive-definition-of-black-9875750/

Agaliarept - 10 Jun 2019 12:46:18 (#2 of 56)

There, the world is now fixed for Black people. Top work Nyshayla!

SinnerBoy - 10 Jun 2019 13:48:13 (#3 of 56)

Color?

browserbutton - 10 Jun 2019 13:52:58 (#4 of 56)

Dictionary.com is a yankee dictionary based in Oakland CA.

Rendered - 10 Jun 2019 14:09:29 (#5 of 56)

'one Twitter user' certainly loves random capitalisation.

Agaliarept - 10 Jun 2019 14:22:38 (#6 of 56)

Maybe HOPING for a JOB writing Daily Mail HEADLINES.

browserbutton - 10 Jun 2019 14:45:24 (#7 of 56)

“I’m a fly, trapped in a bottle of shadows!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=palevTnLiec

bignosebignose - 10 Jun 2019 14:59:01 (#8 of 56)

It's political correctness gone mad. They'll be banning Baa Baa Black Sheep next (again), mark my words.

CaptainBlack - 10 Jun 2019 15:13:12 (#9 of 56)

Hey, some of us are called it.

frantastic - 10 Jun 2019 16:02:20 (#10 of 56)

'Color' is so non-u.

Agaliarept - 10 Jun 2019 16:04:06 (#11 of 56)

The mis spelling should've been a 10 point giveaway.

As eny fule know I just copy and paste my thread headers from the article.

guigal - 10 Jun 2019 18:44:22 (#12 of 56)

Ditching 'black' and becoming 'of color' should make you indifferent to 'black'. Notice the trap for the unwary. It has to be 'of color' and not 'colored'.

TigerPaws - 10 Jun 2019 18:50:02 (#13 of 56)

We are all 'of colour'.

Black was useful as a political term, it allowed white to be identified as the enemy, but this binary has faded and is now a rainbow of muted colours.

guigal - 10 Jun 2019 19:14:05 (#14 of 56)

TigerPaws - 10 Jun 2019 18:50:02 ( #13 of 13) ...We are all 'of colour'.

You're undermining the 'of color is special' implication.

browserbutton - 10 Jun 2019 19:15:25 (#15 of 56)

What is the latest thinking on brown I wonder.

"Lack of company will soon lead a man into a brown study."

guigal - 10 Jun 2019 19:21:09 (#16 of 56)

When did whites stop seeing Chinese and Japanese as yellow?

FrankieTeardrop - 10 Jun 2019 19:21:33 (#17 of 56)

15th November, 1983.

guigal - 10 Jun 2019 19:24:15 (#18 of 56)

Northern Cyprus named Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 15th November, 1983.

FrankieTeardrop - 10 Jun 2019 19:28:01 (#19 of 56)

A momentous day indeed.

guigal - 10 Jun 2019 19:30:51 (#20 of 56)

Making certain words and expressions taboo is a method of thought-control. In this case, you could say that it's all in a good cause.

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