Lee Lofaso wrote to All <=-
Thanks to President Barack Obama, the racial slur of "oriental"
and "orientals" cannot be used in federal documents. The term is
offensive especially to Asians, as it implies they are "savages".
Kind of like calling Native Americans "redskins".
I'm aware that perspective makes all the difference
here - and I respect that.
I recall strongly worded arguments about the inherent racism of the
term on Fidonet circa 1995, long before Obama, regarding this. I'm
sure we'll be going around on this for many years to come.
The high point of the argument was when an Asian member of my board
complained that "The Orient" wasn't on the map, and therefore it was a
racist slur created by the whites to keep his people down.
"Show me where WHITE is on the map, Motherf*cker!"
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