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#58 good point
I don't know what to make of all these names. I don't really care too much. How can we know what to call people? If, like Mark069 said, we start out calling a group something just because we need a name for them, it's innocent at first. What makes it bad? Some people getting mad because they're labeled? Sure racism & stereotyping is bad, but when does a name become 'bad', and what makes it bad?|
Depends on the CONTEXT, too....
A chinese friend was talking about me to another chinese person and referred to me as a laowai. I trust that this person doesn't mean any harm, I just thought, "Hmm, I guess it's not a bad word after all, at least not all the time." I know they weren't talking bad about me.
In the US, I might be having a conversation about people who are not US citizens, and I might say, "When foreigners come to america, blah blah...." and it's ok. But if I'm driving my car and an indian person wearing a sari cuts in front of me causing me to stop short, and I say, "damn foreigners!", it's different.