… They’re just sooo predictable. It makes me sick to my stomach.
Thank you. Why is that even offensive. They’re colored people. White people are not colored people. If you don’t want that distinction to be made, then why is PERSON OF COLOR okay?
The reason is because “coloured” dehumanises the individual to nothing more than what their skin tone is. “Person of colour” reframes the individual’s identity and places emphasis on their personhood.
“Person of colour” is a PERSON who has a certain colour of skin, rather than “coloured” which is a certain skin colour who may or may not be a person.
ETA: There is, of course, also a long and racist history associated with “coloured” so that makes the word have awful and oppressive connotations (as opposed to the pure denotation of that word - which is how you are looking at it). Granted, those connotations are not immediately obvious if you didn’t know that information. But it comes down to the fact when someone says they find a term offensive and oppressive, you STOP USING THAT TERM AND YOU DON’T DEFEND THE FACT YOU USED IT and say things like “I stand by everything I said”.
If you didn’t know it was a slur, apologise for your ignorance and don’t do it again. Simple!
I have always wanted to ask this question, about the difference between “coloured people” and “people of color”, but I felt embarrassed by my own ignorance >_< I’m glad I know this now.
And why do people act like we’re making shit up when we bring up the white-washing of black womyn in pop culture?
I’m okay with the blonde hair thing, because everyone should feel free to do whatever they want with their hair without fear of other’s judging you for wishing to look more European. However, everyone damn well knows that Rhianna and Nicki Minaj are women with very dark skin complexions. What is going on here and why does the media feel the need to make their skin way lighter than it actually is?
This always breaks my heart SO much. This isn’t just in America, either. THIS IS A GLOBAL, I repeat, GLOBAL ISSUE.
When I lived in Japan, the #1 complimented I received was on my eye fold, and the second was on my skin color. The girls there would put “bleaching” lotion on their skin and a bent piece of plastic on their eyelids to create the fold Europeans have in their eyes.
Asian women don’t use skin-lightening products because they want to be white. The desirability of pale skin has long been a part of Asian beauty standards. In fact, one of the most famous women in Chinese history, Yang Guifei, was described as having skin like congealed lard (sort of like “creamy” skin in old European standards except the Chinese didn’t eat dairy).
Oh, I’m aware of Japan’s history and the role light skin played in it. I’m also aware of the gyaru trend in which that pale skin idealization is challenged and turned upside down.
However, I believe that the motivation for white skin has DEFINITELY swapped from tradition to exposure to Western beauty standards. While living in Japan, I asked women why the used the bleaching lotion, and the vast majority responded with, “To look more like an American girl like you,” or, “I want to look like Britney Spears/other Western star.”
And, honestly, the white-bleaching isn’t even what makes me saddest. It’s definitely the eye fold plastic piece.
They have the same standards pushed on them as we do, but also have their own media which is perhaps worse, in my opinion. Japanese (and Korean!) media is so violently critical of women that I felt I might suffocate while I lived there. It was very sad and scary.
So beautiful :)