I don’t mind being called “white” even though I am beige.
But the other day Evelina had a young checkout girl at the grocer get upset when she referred to an employee as “African American”. The man she referred to was confused at his fellow employee’s anger and asked her what she would expect my wife to call him. She had no answer. It seems that some people are just waiting to be outraged.
I am not white, I am Caucasian. Our society feels it necessary to deem me as “white” so I go with it. I guess I could get all kinds of twisted up about it, but it isn’t that big of a deal. I’ve been called “cracker”, “honkey”, “cracker ass cracker” and so many other things when I worked retail. My favorite was “racist ass white cracker mo*&% f$%#$”. Even then the names didn’t upset me. I simply don’t put much credence in what someone whom I don’t know says about me.
I do understand why some people would be upset over certain names, but have we gotten to the point when “African American” is offensive?? The outrage train is so out of control that I cannot keep up with what pisses people off and what doesn’t.
I guess we truly do live in the land of the offended.