Friday, July 04, 2008

What fucking colour is that?

Twenty has a funny post up about some claptrap of other and something occurred to me when I was reading the comments.
What the fuck are people 'of colour'? Like 'A woman of colour came in and sat down.' OR 'women of colour are WHOLEY under-represented in the blogosphere".
What the F?
What does that mean, and shut up, that's a rhetorical question because I bloody well do KNOW what it means, I just object to the expression.
I too am a fucking colour. I am pasty white with overly tan arms and tan head. I am Skewbald. In FACT I'd wager I've got more colour going on than other 'women of colour'.
Seriously, what a load of PC wank.
I am now mildly red faced. With indignation- not commonly FELT on Gingerday.

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33 Comments:

Blogger gimme a minute said...

I am a man of texture.

Bestow upon me my textural due.

2:05 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Sans beard I'm going to go with silky, with, I'm going to go with brillo-padular.

2:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Cat I often think about that too, especially if you are addressing a large group of people ye know some people talk offense to certain terms and some don't. What do you say? What is politically correct?

Nonny

2:21 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

take*

2:22 p.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Hmm, my mum has started saying that "of colour" thing rather than her usual ingrained and blatant racist turns of phrase, and i'll tell ya - its a hell've an improvement.

2:42 p.m.  
Anonymous The Bad Ambassador said...

I massacred a gig, that had been going quite well, by using the words "black gentleman" in a story that was in no way racist - instead it poked fun at me.

I'd swear that as soon as the audience heard the words leave my mouth they were chomping at the bit, eager to portray their outrage at some Bernard Manning type material.

Ironically, there was a "lady of colour" in the audience - and she thought the material was hilarious!

3:06 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I think it's totally over the top Nonny, and PC bollocks. People can talk about a group of people without being racist, but this is ridiculous.
African? Mexican? Chinese? Asian? Indian? English? Irish? French? Is it only colour that's counted or is it race or is it just a tedious PC expression?
I don't like it. I think it's stupid. People are a VARIETY of colours. All of us.

Sheepworrier, my mother calls chinese people and japanese people 'neezies'. No matter how many times she is told to shut the hell up. She thinks it is funny, but then she is a total clueless booby.

3:07 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Of course she did, because she probably hadn't got her head up her own arse.

3:08 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

I am ecru.

3:09 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

exotic!

3:11 p.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Some of the stuff she comes out with would put the KKK to shame.

Think I'm more of a Cosmic Latte

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_latte

3:19 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Greenish white? Although I suppose it's possible, I have a friend who is almost bluey white, she's the whitest person I've ever seen.
Also, after strenuous exercise I believe I am the proud owner of the REDEST face known to man, I mean seriously, it glows.

3:22 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Also, parents, pfft.

3:23 p.m.  
Anonymous problemchildbride said...

Here's what I heard when I questioned the same thing in America.

In the bad old days African Americans were referred to as "coloureds". It was a term of offense. So in the better days we started speaking about blacks and whites. But that didn't cover all the Mexicans and Indians and people in between. Rather than revert to coloureds, they went for people of colour. Which is puzzling because, back in the bad old days again, the term coloured was deemed offensive because it assumed white was the default or natural colour and everybody else was coloured in, a deviation from the norm.

At the moment it seems to be mainly a term used by Oprah and politicians who want to be seen as respectful and inclusive. The only other people I've heard using it in casual conversation were white and wankers but I can't tell if it's connected. I know a fair number of black people and for the most part they prefer black, or African American. The Hispanics I know prefer Hispanics, and a whole bunch of the white people I know prefer Irish-American, German-American, Scottish-American etc. It's just occurred to me that I've never heard anyone describe themselves as English-American.

3:24 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

Depending on the weather and state of health, I am either white, blue, green or brown - so I am a person of multicolour, like Joseph's Technicolour dreamcoat. I think black people prefer to be called black people, calling them a person of colour is patronising and insulting. I am currently working with a mix of nationalities, the majority Chinese. They all have their own insults for each other - a Chinese person who tries to be Western is called a Banana (yellow on the outside, white inside) and the Indians call one of their own trying to be an Englishman a Coconut. (the black guys call each other Nigger, as in Yo, Nigger, when they greet each other, but only they can get away with that! - though they do call us Honkey to our faces!).

3:26 p.m.  
Anonymous morgor said...

hehe I like Banana.

Wigga is quite funny too, a white guy trying to be black.

3:32 p.m.  
Anonymous problemchildbride said...

They call Obama an Oreo. Black on the outside, white on the inside.

3:33 p.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Ah Morgor, Wiggas are only funny till you meet and talk to one - then they're friggin hilarious. Was at a club last nite that was full of them for some reason.

3:36 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Hah, I heard that banana gibe before.

Sam, it's not just Oprah, it's all over the interweb and it's annoying because it encompasses a whole swathe of people and umbrellas them on the basis of their skin colour alone. Which to me in total balls. Like Shebah, I'm a whole myriad of colour and I don't like being out of the loop.

If I referred to my Spanish friend as a woman of colour she'd break my jaw with her Herm├ęs, and I would deserve it. The Italians would be pretty put out about it too.

3:37 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

LOL Wiggas, walking the Pimp walk, beanies pulled down low, pants below the buttocks, undies up to the naval- ghetto gaol style.
We've gangs of them here.

3:39 p.m.  
Anonymous morgor said...

actually i should clarify my wigga comment.

it's not a white guy trying to be black, its a white guy acting like a retarded rapper.

3:52 p.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Is it wrong to shout abuse at wiggas then? Am I being a racialist?

3:53 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Not wrong, and they can never catch you because their pants slow them down, plus running means they take the risk that one of their enormous chins might knock them out.

3:58 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya see that's yer "coons" for ya isn't it? Leave the "wogs" in chareg and see what happens...Zimbabwe.
Are people of colour those "niggas" cos I don't like niggas, especially Romanian Niggas.

3:58 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

In Dundrum I saw two Wiggas greet each other with most complicated hand signs ever, as god is my witness they even called each other 'B Boy' and 'my man.'
I almost choked on my soy beans laughing.
For reals.

4:00 p.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Word up fo' shizzle!

4:22 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Wiggas"

Ahh ha ha that is funny. It is also funny when they refere to each other as "dog" my cheeky ass little cousin went through a spell of that I don't know what was worse the lingo or the loud music cracking my ceiling.

Have a lovely weekend all!

Nonny.

5:24 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Happy beer o'clock!

6:26 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Kickboxing class cancelled, I am bereft! Wither my after class thirst? Oh well, I"ll just have to summon up the thirst of bitter disappointment instead.
Anyway, happy beer o'clock indeed Medbh and have a good weekend everyone.

6:34 p.m.  
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6:45 p.m.  
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7:09 p.m.  
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7:15 p.m.  
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7:24 p.m.  

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