Lindsay Lohan calls Obama "First coloured president."

http://www.okmagazine.com/news/view/10253

There's a short article with some information about the whole situation.

I guess it's no big deal, but..come on! She should know that the term "coloured" is outdated and considered offensive by many people.

How do the rest of you ladies feel about this?

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I think she probably did it for attention, kind of like pretty much everything else she does.

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i like the term colored. i'm not offended.
I think the term "colored" is coming back, although I'd probably have used "person of color" instead.
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She's young enough to know better...maybe she was high.
I'm not offended by it and never knew it was offensive until a few years ago. I try not to use it much anymore.
i can actually see how it could have happened. so im not terribly upset. i know when im in conversation, repeatedly saying "a person of color" seems long or so formal, so my brain automatically wants to switch it to "colored person." for me its more of a linguistical mix up (if thats even a real term)...
so if lindsay really meant "colored" circa 1950, im offended. but if she had a brain fart, then i can totally understand.
i like the term colored. i'm not offended.
Originally Posted by frau
Are you my father's age, born in 1927?

Maybe she meant to say president of color but swallowed it, or she said "a kind of president," or something else weird.

i don't like the term. I don't even like "person of color," African American" or "Native American." I keep it simple, black or American Indian. Or Hispanic or Mexican or whatever.
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Tiger Woods pretty much said the same thing. Or is being "colored" and "a person of color" not the same thing?

"It will be one of the great days in America to see a man of color in the White House."
Woods said Obama's victory pleased him and it would have pleased his father, the late Earl Woods, who was a retired Army officer.
"My father hoped he would see a man of color elected president in his lifetime," Woods said. "He didn't see it, but I hoped that I would see it."
She's young enough to know better...maybe she was high.
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Do you automatically become racist and/or un-PC when you get high?
You lose your sense of judgement, so, yes, possibly.
I'm not offended, but hearing the term is always kind of weird. One of my husband's friends used it and his friends (white and black) all stopped and made sure to clue him in that you don't say "colored" anymore. He didn't mean anything bad by using that term.
just my thoughts.

I say black and white.
But I don't like when I hear "blacks" or "whites".
Esp. "blacks".

"colored" - sounds backwards. Like some white family back in the day discussing black people..."the coloreds" ick.

"African American" - it's ok. If someone wants to be called an African American, I respect that. But I grew up saying "black" and everyone around me said "black". If I started saying "AA" it would just seem weird and fake or something, My heart is "PC" already. I think people focus too much on being PC in public, and not enough time being "PC" in their damn hearts and minds.

It's like PC is some fake little blanket people put on when they go out. Then, when they're home, they take the blanket off. That's gross. Why can't you just be "PC" all the time? Why be fake and gross? I mean, if we're just trying to educate ourselves and learning what words are offensive and not offensive, that's one thing. But I don't like this whole "well I would only use those terms around my family" stuff. I see a lot of people doing that. WTFreak? So you just want to APPEAR to be something you're not?







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I've said "person of color" but, truthfully, when I'm just with family or close friends I say "colored people" because I think it sounds friendly and cute.


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"Colored" does seem racist. It implies that white is the standard and the alternative is "colored."
We all have some color, so I always thought it was a little racist; however, I don't assume the speaker has racist intentions. I don't like "people of color" either...as it still implies they are the "other" or "alternative" group.
I like black, white, African-American, Native American, Hispanic. I think "people of color" sounds poetic, but still a little racist (again, not implying the speaker is racist...just the term itself).

With that said, I usually only hear older people say "colored." I didn't know younger people said that. Lindsay Lohan is not a role model in any shape or form, so it doesn't concern me much with what she said, actually. But I think if I heard a young person say "colored," my first reaction would be "are they racist?" It would take more than just saying "colored" for me to conclude that, but it would alert my antenna.
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Tiger Woods pretty much said the same thing. Or is being "colored" and "a person of color" not the same thing?

"It will be one of the great days in America to see a man of color in the White House."
Woods said Obama's victory pleased him and it would have pleased his father, the late Earl Woods, who was a retired Army officer.
"My father hoped he would see a man of color elected president in his lifetime," Woods said. "He didn't see it, but I hoped that I would see it."
Originally Posted by RichardHead
not the same. they have two totally different connotations. "colored" is right up there with "negro". i wouldnt suggest that you use either of those terms.
The word "colored" is a word from the past, the pre-civil rights era. It may or may not be benign, but it's connotation is a pretty negative one. I'm older than some of you so I was kind of shocked to hear that some people here actually use this word. I would never use it.
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"Colored" sounds to me like something a lil' old southern granny would say. When I hear a younger person say it (which almost never happens, unless it's a joke) it definitely makes me pause. I have no idea why Lindsay Lohan used that term but I find it hard to believe she doesn't know it's not exactly acceptable anymore.

FWIW, I'm not crazy about the term "people of color" either, but IMO it sounds better than "minorities", which is often the alternative.
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