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This is off-topic, but I couldn't find a more relevant blog. What are your thoughts on white people saying the word "squaw"? I'm giving a report tomorrow that includes talking about the word. I know that it's generally not okay for people to say slurs from a group that they don't belong to. I'm biracial, Native and white, and I'm white-passing. I'm afraid that if I get up in front of the class and say "squaw," they'll think it's okay for them to say it too. Thoughts?
It is definitely not acceptable for white people and other non-Native people to call us squ*ws. Although I would be upset if a Native person referred to me as squ*w too. In my opinion, it’s not something I’d like to be called.
Followers? What are your thoughts on the usage of the word?
Oh, it’s definitely a slur. But people are missing the point in the comments, I think.
I think chronically-rebellious knows it’s a slur, and she wants to address that in her report. And it IS important that native women (biracial native women too!) be able to talk openly about the racial slurs that denigrate them. But she’s worried that “squaw” coming out of a white (looking) mouth to a white audience, even if she’s saying “don’t use that word,” will be taken as permission for them to use it. Which is a real concern! In white company, will your skin colour probably speak louder than what you are trying to say? SIGNS POINT TO YES.
I’d say: YES you speak up about it, explain your own position, explain how it is harmful! And fuck your classmates if they try to say that you speaking out against a slur led to them using it.
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