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Comment Re:Laudable, but not without potential consequence (Score 1) 581

No, you don't know my name. You don't know my personality or preference. You know a little of my Slashdot online persona. You don't even know my gender.

But, this is all irrelevant. In the hypothetical scenario I outlined above, my friends of differing ethnicity are personal, hand-shakable acquaintances. Certainly, for text-only, online discourse, race is not going to be a differentiator.

But, AmiMoJo, you bring up a very interesting point: What if this had all happened in a virtual world, with avatars? What if the two Jasons were identical in every other way, except for the color they had chosen for their avatars? Would it be so wrong to call one of them "red Jason", and the other "green Jason"?

Comment Re:Laudable, but not without potential consequence (Score 2) 581

Sure. One of them could be a paraplegic. Then, we could call him "wheelchair Jason." The point is, what the hell is so wrong with using race as a differentiator? By positing that there is something wrong, you are inferring that one race might be favorable over another -- actual racism.

Going back to my original, hypothetic situation, what if you instead saw "white" Jason at the theater? I say, "Which Jason?" Is it so wrong to reply, "White Jason"? Would this cause us all to pucker and wince the same way? Why? Is this less racist or derogatory?

The answer is, NO. It's not less racist -- it acknowledges race. And that's fine. We live on a planet with many difference, beautiful races and it's okay to see this, and recognize this, acknowledge this in our speech, and identify this in our society.

Comment Re:Laudable, but not without potential consequence (Score 4, Insightful) 581

why couldn't you just use something other than appearance to differentiate them? Is it that hard?

Because appearance is the FUNDAMENTAL point of personal knowledge. Before you know someone's name, personality, preferences or anything else about them, you know their appearance.

Comment Re:Laudable, but not without potential consequence (Score 1) 581

They both have the same last name (Jones). Read more carefully.
Funny is a subjective evaluation. Skin color is not.
Either one can have bad breath
... you know, I could go on, but this is just ridiculous. He was born black -- he's been black all his life. Ethnicity is one of the FIRST things every NORMAL person notices (not cowboy boots or glasses, which may vary from day to day.) Seriously, referring to him as the black Jason is fine and natural -- there's nothing wrong with it and, to go out of your way to avoid it is fucking pedantic.

Comment Re:Laudable, but not without potential consequence (Score 3, Interesting) 581

I consider all people humans.

That's a cop out answer. So do I. But, answer the question. Say you and I are having a conversation about a common acquaintance named Jason Jones. And, suppose that we have two friends named Jason Jones, one of whom is what I would refer to as "black."

If you said, "Hey, I saw Jason at the theater", meaning the "black" Jason.

And, I said, "Oh yeah? Which Jason."

What would you say?

Comment Re:Laudable, but not without potential consequence (Score 1) 581

Ok, how about:

Black? No, that's also racist and denigrating, since black is sometimes poetically associated with evil.
Negro? No, that's too close to that other word.
Afro-American? Definitely not. It's lazy, and assumes a particular hair style.
African American? Maybe, but aren't we then excluding Haitians and Jamaicans, among others?
Nubian? Ok, sounds cool, but WTF does that even mean?
Colored? NO! Hearkens back to the fifties with segregated drinking fountains and toilets.
People of Color? Don't ALL people have color?

OK, then how the fuck do we have a conversation in which someone is able to refer to or describe a person with dark skin, but is not of Indian descent and who doesn't just have an overly intense sun tan?

Comment I hope so (Score -1, Flamebait) 266

I'm a libertarian, who will most likely vote for Trump (because Hillary is a lying bitch who's actually done harm to America, and he's the lesser of two evils); who would own a Tesla if I could afford one, who would own a Leaf if they had better range and weren't so fugly; and I certainly hope this assessment of cheaper EVs is true.

Electric is the way to go. Electricity can come from so many sources. Sure, it's currently sourced mostly from coal and natural gas, but it could come from wind, solar or nuclear (fission or fusion.) Battery tech is advancing quickly, which will make it all the better.

I would love to own an EV within the next five years.

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