People of Gender

February 5, 2012

The definition of People of Color is: All people except White people. Of course, White people are not actually white and have color. Those of us in the anti-racism movement want White people to know that they are not ethnicity-neutral. Calling everyone else “people of color” doesn’t help in this effort. It encourages White people to think that there are people (White people) and then there are beings “of color” who are other than just people. I was at an educational conference where a presenter was referring to people of color as “diverse people,” as in, “I made sure that I knew the name of my diverse student.” Not only is this an odd perversion of the meaning of diversity, but it reflects the general view among people in a majority, or people in power, that they are normal and that everyone else is a variant of normal.

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