Is it racist…
I detest the Americanisation of our language. It’s programme not program. Program is IT
It’s a computer “program” when referring to software precisely because it was originally coined in the US (see also floppy disk and hard disk versus compact disc; the first two are American inventions, the second a joint venture between the non-American companies Philips and Sony).Posted 11 months agoAlexSimonSubscriber
There was a big debate on facebook about people from Bollington being referred to (and referring to themselves) as Bollywogs.
Fun to watch.
I definitely wouldn’t be the person to stand in a Chinese takeaway on the phone saying “Do you want anything from the Chinky?”.Posted 11 months ago
CharlieMungus – Member
As i say it has potential to cause offensive, even if not intended.
Even if it is used without racist intent, it’s not a very nice word and carries a legacy of racist intent.
Until the word is rehabilitated, then best not to use it in such contexts.agreed.Posted 11 months agoteaselMember
Racism for me requires intent.
I disagree. That implies there’s no such thing as casual racism. [/quote]
Hence my post on the first page of this thread. In my twenties I used to think along similar lines but have come to realise it will still cause offence regardless of my intent. It takes very little effort to adjust or understand why you’re doing so and sometimes it takes someone to inform you of your error. I was lucky enough not to have some preachy, condescending type help me understand where I was going wrong.Posted 11 months agotpbikerMember
I do enjoy threads where a bunch of middle-aged white guys (yeah, I’m making that assumption) decide what is and isn’t racist.
Fair enough, but as the op I can confirm that the person in the pub who actually brought the subject up was chinese. And he had no issues with it at all. Appears to me that those who take issue with it aren’t from the areas that grew up with the term.
as pointed out by others, i think the word used to describe an individual is not appropriate in the least…Posted 11 months ago
Makes me wonder what the main differences in our experiences are that lead us to our positions.
Having an Indian best mate since the age of 11 and a Chinese ex girlfriend who’ve both been negatively affected by racism means that you can probably guess my position on the subject.
Sorry if Teasel finds that condescending or preachy.Posted 11 months ago
Brown – Member
Racism for me requires intent.
I disagree. That implies there’s no such thing as casual racism.
If something’s said ‘without intent’ but still upsets people of a particular race based on their race, that’s racist, regardless of intent.
I can see there being a need to differentiate between overt racism and societal racism that goes back generations, as lets face it does exist(i’m guilty of it myself, born late 70s, growing up in the 80s, hard to avoid it, society moves on though and we learn).
I don’t think it’s really helpful to call the later racists though, rather than just say, come on, do you realise you sound like a fossil or some such, and just make it known, it’s really socially unacceptable to refer to such and such as such and such… (in saying that, I think we’re well down that path these days, so anyone that religiously sticks to stereotypical terms can probably be called a racist.)Posted 11 months ago
I don’t think it’s really helpful to call the later racists though, rather than just say, come on, do you realise you sound like a fossil or some such, and just make it known, it’s really socially unacceptable to refer to such and such as such and such…
I didn’t have this thread in mind when I wrote that. But if the cap fits…
🙂Posted 11 months agochewkwMember
The Southern Yeti – Member
Don’t post a picture of your Chinese meal with the chopsticks sticking up from the middle of it, whatever you do.
Doesn’t matter to be honest so just post whatever you like and be yourself good or bad.
I certainly don’t care …
The reason not to have chopsticks sticking up is simple.
1. It symbolises dedicating the meal to the death.
2. Traditionally, we use even number incense to stick on the food to dedicate to the death.
3. Sometimes we just stick two chopsticks on the food …
4. This applies to all countries that use chopsticks.
Therefore, if you stick two chopsticks on your food you are either the death (dedicating to yourself) or dedicating the food to your own ancestors/love ones.
That is the reason why we don’t do that in our house nor others house and it is very rude to others if you do that in their house because you are dedicating to their death.
Check the number of incense …
Posted 11 months agojoolsburgerMember
Ozzies, Yanks, Bubbles, whens a your Dolmio day. It’s all getting a bit out of hand. Lots of innocuous statements can be offensive if you want them to be.
Chinky does cross a line same as Paki does and that’s pretty clear I’d say. Some of the comments here have a real whiff of the thought police about them. It’s certainly someones right to be offended but equally its my right to be offensive if I so choose. My kids often ask me where the offense line is, I always say that something someone “is” is totally off limits but an idea someone “believes” feel free to fill your boots.Posted 11 months ago
Modern political correctness is eroding that right and its a worry.
Some of the comments here have a real whiff of the thought police about them. It’s certainly someones right to be offended but equally its my right to be offensive if I so choose … Modern political correctness is eroding that right and its a worry.
I was wondering when this would come up. It’s completely true and at the same time, in the context of this thread, it’s utter bollocks. Using the phrase ‘chinky’ has nothing to do with free speech. If you could avoid using a term that can and does affect people, why would you not do so? It doesn’t matter if it’s PC-gone-mad or not, it’s just being nice.
too many folk go out of their way to be offended, and also want to be offended on other people’s behalf.
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And some folk have been more than offended and some of their friends have witnessed this and so are happy to get offended on their behalf.andybradSubscriber
Had the same thing, originally in Barnsley going for a chinky was a normal phrase. I suggested this at one of the SV650 rideouts (northwind will know) and got a right old bollocking. I honestly never ever considered it as racist and didnt even think it would offend. But it did so i stopped using it.
I was called all sorts under the sun, racist being one of them. I personally dont think its racist as that means that there is intent imo and not ignorance. Still if someone doesn’t like something why keep using it?
I dont use the phrase now.Posted 11 months ago
I was called all sorts under the sun, racist being one of them. I personally dont think its racist as that means that there is intent imo and not ignorance.
IMO the phrase is racist but you aren’t, as evidenced by the fact you stopped using it as soon as you realise it could upset people. Nice one.Posted 11 months ago
“Why would I need to find anything out ?”
Are you some kind of expert on racism?
Seriously, Chinky isnt a term in use where I live, I was aware of it as a term for food but I only recall hearing it once on a visit up North.
How the hell am I supposed to know that some people think it’s racist? According to this thread even people who live in areas where it is used, don’t know.
So yeah, a definitive list of terms that various cultures nationalities find offensive would prevent these ‘guess if a word is racist’ issues.
I know someone who didn’t know what dogging meant for years – not everyone is linguistically up to date.Posted 11 months agotpbikerMember
IMO the phrase is racist but you aren’t, as evidenced by the fact you stopped using it as soon as you realise it could upset people. Nice one.
But thats just the point, i’ve never ever met anyone who was offended by calling a chinese takeaway a ‘chinky’, never in 40 years. And that includes amongst several chinese mates, one who owns a takeout. If anything its a term of endearment towards their great food.
Lots of folks on here say its offensive and upsetting, but I’ve never met anyone outside of the intraweb who is actually slighlty offended by the term when used in that context.
Who decides if something is offensive?
Hence the post…Posted 11 months agoscotroutesSubscriberjoe wrote:
So how do *you* find out which terms are racist and which aren’t?
If you find yourself asking the question, normally a decent indicator it’s probably time to move on from the term.Posted 11 months ago
It’s not that simple though. Once upon a time, we called people “black” because that was deemed to be more acceptable than the alternatives. Then that changed – and, as we’ve seen, it’s not all changing at the same time across the country. It’s inevitable that there will be regional variations and we’re not all swotting up on the Urban Dictionary or Wikipedia every day.
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