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Editor’s Pick: Different or Special? What’s the big deal?

Whats the difference

I saw this picture today on a website, and it made me think.  I am a Social Worker, and I learnt a lot about anti-discriminatory practice and anti-oppressive practice while studying for my degree.  I also did two and a half placements in mental health, and worked at a home for adults living with Cerebral Palsy for the duration of my study.

I am very aware of the importance of words.  Being a writer myself, I know that words have strong meaning, and they can be very oppressive, empowering or liberating.  However, I have always had it at the back of my mind that sometimes when we discard certain words and replace them for more refined words, we really haven’t actually improved anything for anyone!  Sometimes, it’s really just very confusing…

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  1. Special, different, unique all register in my brain as positive words. I am African American but I am not black, and being called coloured is offensive. People don’t realize the power words have and therefore need education on it.

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      • I don’t know if people are offended when called White. I think (but could be wrong) that it was people who called themselves White who chose to call us ‘Black’ or ‘Nigga’, and then thought ‘Coloured’ was more PC. As far as I am aware, Caucasian is a scientific name for people who are light-skinned and originate from Europe. I really don’t know who comes up with these names, like humans are also called Homosapiens.

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      • Tell me oh! But if we go that far, we should ask who were the people that discovered or created the English language??? I don’t think there was ever just one person. Humans create language to understand their world, and certain systems help in certain circles. The scientists know what ‘homo’ means or ‘caucasian’ or whatever.

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      • I’ve always wondered who or what group of people created the English language or any language for that matter and assigned it to a certain group of people. Then people look at you weird when you don’t speak “correct” english. What is correct english anyway? How do we know english isn’t Arabic? What if the people who created english traded the language with the people who created Arabic, and called it english. What if Arabic is really english and english, arabic?

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      • LOL! Mind boggling! Well, I know that A LARGE AMOUNT of English was taken from Latin! But I don’t know Latin… I think it is a lost language. English borrows from French too. Or is it the other way round? Sha, as long as we can communicate ourselves clearly to those who we want to understand us, then all is well.

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