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  •  This actually doesn't fly. (1+ / 0-)
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    Batya the Toon

    There are plenty of people who absorb subtly racist messages & propagate them without the intent of being racist at all.  Their ignorance does not neutralize the effect of the propagation in the first place.

    I had a friend (emphasis on the past tense) who unironically used the term 'mulatto' to me--a black woman--when describing a former acquaintance.  I had to gently put him in his place (or, more correctly, bring him into the current era).  He didn't know (somehow!) that the term was offensive to modern-day ears, but the offense still registered.

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