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Ethnicity, Race + Nationality

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Articles

“All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People of Multiple Backgrounds?” | NPR

  • The history of mixed race, multiracialbiracial, and other terms

“Awkward, Uncomfortable Conversations About Racism Worth It” | USA Today

  • The cost of not saying anything
  • Tips on addressing racism with someone who was racially offensive or insensitive

“Beyond ‘PoC’ and ‘BAME’: The Terminology We Use to Define Ourselves” | Media Diversified

  • Weighing terms like blackpeople of color, and diversity.

“Blackhorse: Do You Prefer ‘Native American’ or ‘American Indian’? 6 Prominent Voices Respond” | Indian Country Today Media Network

  • The empowering act of choosing our own names and identities
  • Different perspectives on the terms Native, indigenous, Native American, American Indian, Indian, and First American, and the preference for tribal references

“Renaming Kaffir Lime Leaves: ‘Hate Speech Doesn’t Belong in the Produce Department” | The Seattle Times

  • The racist history of the word kaffir
  • A market chain’s success in getting wholesale suppliers to replace kaffir lime leaves with lime leaves on labels and ingredient lists

“The (Frustrating) User Experience of Defining Your Own Ethnicity” | Medium

  • On the practice of designing forms based on outdated standards
  • Accommodating diverse labels and offering inclusive options

“The ‘G’ Word vs. the Invisible Minority” | Gypsy Appropriations

  • When people realize that gypsy and gyp/gip (to mean swindle or cheat) are racial slurs but continue to embrace them
  • The problem with holding on to the romantic “gypsy” ideal

“How to Name Aboriginal People?” | Creative Spirits

“How to Query a Racist Comment” | Copyediting

“Latina/o/x” | Inside Higher Ed

  • The need for an inclusive, non-gender-conforming term for Latina and Latino
  • The arguments against using an x

Multicultural Romance: When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Do’s, Don’ts, and Why Nots! [PDF] | Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, K. M. Jackson, Falguni Kothari

“‘Obama’s People’ and ‘the African Americans’: Using the Language of Othering | The Huffington Post

  • How use of the word the before any racial group creates distance and puts them in one monolithic category

“There Is No Secret to Writing About People Who Do Not Look Like You” | Literary Hub

  • The role of empathy in writing the “other” as well as you write the “self”

“We Are Not ‘Niggers’ or ‘Niggas'” | Black Matters

  • The use of N-word in Black community as insult, slang, and a term of endearment
  • The argument that the N-word in any form carries its derogatory meaning

“Why We Should Examine Our Culinary Vocabulary” | Lucky Peach

  • Examining derogatory terms in the food world, like kaffir instead of makrut
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