Re: Term 'visible minorities' may be discriminatory, UN body warns CanadaMar 8th, 2007
The thing is, I think it is one thing for the guy down the street, or your buddy to use this, that or the other term...but the federal government has to approach these issues with a great deal of sensitivity. They set the tone for the nation, and if they are using unacceptable terms or terms that discriminate, or terms that sets a certain part of the population apart in a negative way, then, well...it's important that they alter their rhetoric. Whether it tranfers over to the general publics lexicon, that's another story altogether. But, if I got a tax form or something that asked for my race or background and the check box that I were to fill in said "cracker", I might be offended. So, it's good that the government and other organizations, international groups, are thinking about these things so that the most productive, useful, acceptable language is being used in an official, professional capacity.