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Date: 2017-05-23 07:44 pm (UTC)
liv: alternating calligraphed and modern letters (letters)
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Ah, interesting. I hadn't consciously seen a lot of anti-Muslim people using the word Moslem, I'd only noticed people either using much more obviously offensive terms, or else trying to sneak their islamophobia under the radar by using euphemisms like "Islamists" or "fundamentalists".

Yid absolutely unarguably can be a slur, but anything that awful people yell at little children for supporting the wrong football team is going to be in that category. But I've heard it used in mostly-English contexts not as a slur, particularly by Jewish people referring to themselves and fellow Jews. I am not quite clear how much that's them just purely using the Yiddish word, which is a pretty neutral demonym, as you can probably tell by the fact that it's in the name of the language. And how much it's intentionally reclaiming a slur. If it's the first case, it's probably somewhat acceptable for non-Jews to also use? But my instinct is that it's probably better to steer away from it.

The thing about the ethnicity section on diversity forms is that very often they just baldly call it "race", and the Equality Act refers to "race" as a protected characteristic. And of course intellectually that's a nonsense, race isn't this defined thing that you can select a tickbox for on a form. But various people who live in the UK and are visibly not white have convinced me that trolling the racial diversity question in diversity monitoring is not a helpful form of protest. I used to refuse to answer or write in Other:human, until I learned that only white people do that and that people who experience skin-colour based racism find it annoying. Imperfect though the forms are, it's better to have accurate statistics on whether people are being discriminated against on the grounds of (perceived) race than to have the data polluted with silly answers. I can totally see that 'goth' matches most aspects of the definition of an ethnic group, and I don't suppose you were deliberately trolling when you wrote that option, but it's not in the spirit of the information that people are trying to collect.

So after much thought, I've come to the conclusion that those forms are trying to find out whether I'm read as white, to which the answer is yes or possibly yes, but. It's not "white is not a meaningful category", and it's not "other" because that means visibly non-white but not in one of the currently monitored categories. So I think "white other" is the best representation of what I am.
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