PolakoVoador wrote:Yeah, I just used a direct translation from "miscigenação" from portuguese , which has no racist meanings at all. It is just a word that means reproduction between people of different ethnic groups, nothing more. It is commonly used to describe what happened around here.
Intermarriage actually wouldn't explain all of the miscegenation, since lots of it happend with white people having "bastards" with their slaves, which were black or native indian.
The posters and the native English speakers from the US seem to be very quick to attempt to clean up our language.
I have experience with this sort of thing and I do not understand it.
Yes. Language is important.
Yes. Words can hurt other people.
Yes. It is important to be as thoughtful as possible.
But. umm. We sometimes, just, need a word.
If you think the word Bastard is a mean thing to say, then it may be.
It is also a perfectly good word that means something.
The Bastard child of one man may be a treasured child and have all the advantages of a Prince.
The Bastard child of another man may have problems getting ID.
There were a great many children born.
In some communities every child was treated well.
In some communities only a few were treated well.
You live in a world with a great deal of color variations in people?
Is Rasism a problem for the people of Brazil?
Do you not see it, because you have light hair and eyes?
Or; Has Dr. King's dream come true there, too?
Are people judged by the content of their character not by the color of their skin?
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.
We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.
Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.