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kelly's avatar

Is mulatto a politically incorrect term?

Asked by kelly (1885 points ) November 5th, 2008
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poofandmook's avatar

I’ve never heard that term. I’ve heard “milano” though, and yes, it is.

kelly's avatar

spelling from a different thread.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

mulatto is an older term for individuals of mixed race. It was used on the census records 100 years ago.

I believe it has been replaced with “biracial,” but I can’t imagine what type of question would warrant including that tidbit of information about a person.

elchoopanebre's avatar

Though rarely used, it is offensive to some people.

generalspecific's avatar

I just call them carmel :)

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

I think “mulatto” means “big ears”.

gailcalled's avatar

And remember the horrible “quadroon” and “octoroon”? Racial catagories

squirbel's avatar

Mulatto is a Eurocentric term. No, it is not politically correct.

AstroChuck's avatar

Mavin is the preferred term. I have bi-racial grandchildren and that is the PC way to refer to mulattoes.

jholler's avatar

on a tangent, why is Obama consistently referred to as black, when he’s half white?

Evol's avatar

There is a magazine for bi-racial people called Mavin. Mulatto is offensive and outdated.

saranwrapper's avatar

My roommate is bi-racial and very much considers the term to be offensive.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

it’s not offensive to say in a historical context, (like the n-word is, to me anyway) but i wouldn’t call someone that, no. the word ‘mulatto’ is derived from the word mule, so it’s pretty easy to see why someone would be offended by being called that.

(jholler, if you’re curious, why not ask a separate question? this thread already has a topic.)

Evol's avatar

nothing is offensive in the historical context.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

That might be true, what I meant was, even if I was reading a historical text aloud, and it had the n-word, i wouldn’t say it out loud. I would probably just say “the n-word”. Maybe that’s just me.

BBQsomeCows's avatar

I don’t care either way

you

DO NOT

have the right

to be not-offended

welcome to free speech

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