Stuff White People Probably Shouldn’t Say

“Here are some things White Americans say that seem odd, offensive, arrogant, ignorant and so on.

Commenters can offer their own opinions and examples.”


Community Village‘s insight:


illegal – no human is illegal


alien – dated and dehumanizing


undocumented – dated. Instead use RPI “Registered Provisional Immigrant”


Hispanic – Proceeded with caution. Most “Hispanics” prefer “Latino”; unless they have no European heritage. For example, indigenous Mexicans, indigenous Central Americans and indigenous South Americans are not Latino; in which case one could use Hispanic – but the word Hispanic ignores their indigenous identity to the Americas; in which case you can use American Native or the scientific term Amerindian.


Colored – dated. should be “People of Color”, not “colored people”



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