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Post Reply What Does People of Color Mean When They Say It in the Media?
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Is it just black?

Or actually referring to different ethnicities?

The term was used in this year's Emmys as Viola Davis accepted her award.

My mind goes back to what I read in the Color Purple. Then, goes to the recent episode of South Park, where everything have to be politically correct.

So yea. I don't know what is what.

What would you say when you win a prestigious award? How far would you go overboard on your acceptance speech?
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nah,,, it just means black people. Asians and hispanics don't count.. And especially not white people.

It's subtle racism because the N word is not allowed, and the person saying it wants to sound like a "good" person in their own mind. It's used as an empty platitude by rich white people.

I'd probably keep my acceptance speech short and sweet... Keep it classy.
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From what i can tell, it basically means people who are not white. Though in America it's normally used when talking about black people.
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"PoC" are better and more important didn't ya know

im like serif, i'd keep my speech short. maybe not classy though. i aint about that life
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Posted 9/23/15
PoC pretty mostly refers to Blacks....I mean Basketball Americans
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They mean smurfs

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Posted 9/23/15 , edited 9/23/15
It usually is used by black people. From what I've seen a lot of other races aside from black people who aren't tumblr users don't like being grouped under the term "PoC" because it erases their singular identity, but for some reason a LOT of BLM supporters and black slactivists like to use it.

I personally don't like it because I don't believe in grouping every nonwhite person under a singular label, and if you're going to use something that even resembles a label, why not say "nonwhite"?

Some people are just trying to make themselves seem special and superior nowadays. Even saw some tumblrettes fall for a fake Weekly World News headliner claiming a black woman "knows everything". These dunderheads need to yank their head out of the gutter. Your race isn't superior to anyone, hunny. No race is superior to another. You also gotta love how they pick examples of the worst non black people and stack them up against the best examples of black people. Cherrypicking, huh, cute.

People just need to stop spewing the "weeeeeeee'reeeee soooooo oppresseddddd" banter at every second, period, though. I agree that this country has tried too hard to militarize some of its police forces and that guns shouldn't be first resort in apprehending suspects regardless of race, but oh my god when will some black Americans quit victimizing themselves?
Posted 9/23/15
Like others said, black people....
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serifsansserif wrote:

nah,,, it just means black people. Asians and hispanics don't count.. And especially not white people.

It's subtle racism because the N word is not allowed, and the person saying it wants to sound like a "good" person in their own mind. It's used as an empty platitude by rich white people.

I'd probably keep my acceptance speech short and sweet... Keep it classy. :P


Pretty much.
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Well, this subject relates to white privilege and how most everyone in Western media and society are considered "normal" if they're white. If a group of people are not white, then they use the term "people of color" as if to say "not normal" or "not like the majority".

In other words, people who aren't white (as the majority of Western Society are considered "people of color" (the minority).
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Kenshin_Heisuke wrote:

Well, this subject relates to white privilege and how most everyone in Western media and society are considered "normal" if they're white. If a group of people are not white, then they use the term "people of color" as if to say "not normal" or "not like the majority".

In other words, people who aren't white (as the majority of Western Society are considered "people of color" (the minority).


What your saying is a serious topic but I cant look at your avatar she is all laughing at me
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Typically, Person of Color is a term used to describe black people, but there was a time when the term, alongside the less polite colored, included people of Asian, Latino, and Native American descent as well.
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In Canada, it's more geared towards different ethnic groups other than Caucasians.

As for a speech, I'd keep it short and possibly classy as well. I tend to blab and wouldn't want to do that on stage, in front of many people and then the thousands that could be watching on television and etc. Noooo thaaaank yoooou.
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Asiatic wrote:

In Canada, it's more geared towards different ethnic groups other than Caucasians.

As for a speech, I'd keep it short and possibly classy as well. I tend to blab and wouldn't want to do that on stage, in front of many people and then the thousands that could be watching on television and etc. Noooo thaaaank yoooou.


I don't know about you but I have yet to meet a single person whos family hails from the Caucasian Mountains. Is Canada full of these wild unicorns?
Posted 9/24/15 , edited 9/24/15
When they want to refer to Asians, they call them ethnic people... I think. And the rest, hispanics.

There is definitely some subtle shade around those terms... especially when you could just use the proper names instead of a lousy phrase.
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