December 28, 2011

Diversity conundrum

Via Tongue Tied comes word of a BBC soccer commentator who's now under fire for using the term "colored" (or, in UK English, "coloured"):

Alan Hansen has issued an apology after being dragged into the football racism row by referring to black players as ‘coloured’ on Match of the Day.

In a discussion of the controversies surrounding England captain John Terry and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, Hansen used the word as he praised the achievements of black players in the Premier League.

But many viewers objected to the term – considered offensive because it dismisses everyone who is not white as the same – and the Corporation yesterday received more than 100 complaints.

Which then begs the question, why hasn't the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (mentioned in the article, by the way) -- the NAACP -- changed its moniker to suit the contemporary standards of "politically correct decency," hmm?


Posted by Hube at December 28, 2011 10:21 AM | TrackBack

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