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|This guide is to help people avoid some of the obvious as well as not so obvious pitfalls of unwitting racism and anti-Semitism. This does not try to talk anyone out of being racist or anti-Semitic. Rather it seeks to help those with good and righteous intentions to refine behavior and attitudes bred in cultural ignorance.
Ethnocentrism, according to the Random House Dictionary of the English language, means "a tendency to view alien groups or cultures in terms of one's own" and "the belief in the inherent superiority of one's own group and culture, accompanied by a feeling of contempt for other groups and cultures."
The term "exotic," when applied to human beings, is ethnocentric and racist. It defines people of color only as we relate to white people. It implies a state of other-ness, or foreign origin, apart from the norm. It is not a compliment.
|What about those white people who have been called exotic in their own white country?|
Didn't answer my question but ok...
What about those white people who have been called exotic in their own white country?
What white people in their "own white country" are you referencing?
On second thought, that's a rhetorical question. I actually don't want to know.
I do think though that at this point you're actually trying to be offensive, I'm sure to a good intentioned end, but I think I've had enough too.
This might be veering off of the term "exotic"..but i've found as a mom parenting an AA son, that i've found myself really looking at the words i use, being more observant of the actions of those around me, etc. Take the word "monkey"...most moms refer to their kids as "little monkeys" at some point...its a totally normal thing. The climbing structure at the park is often called "the monkey bars"...no big deal. And yet, somehow, i feel weird referring to my child as "a monkey"...because i know the racist history associated with that word and how its been used to describe black people in the past (and present, unfortunately.
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