A group of New York Times journalists released a list of racial terms they find “bothersome” Sunday.Tell that to Jews, Italians, Greeks, Armenians, etc. Ethnic is most often used to describe a variety of white and non-white groups that are more exotic. It's rarely used to describe black people.
NYT’s Race/Related team included terms like”ethnic,” person of color” and “illegal immigrant” among those they found slightly offensive.
John Eligon, the paper’s national correspondent, found “ethnic”a troublesome term because it “normalizes” whiteness.
“What makes a black person ethnic but a white person not? On the one hand, this is the normalization of whiteness – if you are not white, then you are something else,” Eligon explained.
But who cares about reality anyway. Reality has a notorious conservative bias.
Still there's good news. People of color, which briefly became the euphemism of choice, is once again politically incorrect.
Marc Lacey, the national editor, took issue with the term “people of color.” The phrase sounds too close to “colored people,” Lacey said.Great. So white people now qualify for affirmative action?
“I know it’s now commonplace, and that it’s used with the noblest of intent. But white is a color too so everyone is technically of color, right?” Lacey added.
The group plans to release a list next week, and asked readers to contribute their own thoughts about offensive racial terms.The New York Times solicits contributions to its censorship list.