Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Mary Poppins?

 It is always odd when there is a backlash to words you didn't know were issues. In the US, I was surprised to learn that "squaw" was offensive. I just didn't know.

I find now that Mary Poppins was reclassified due to an offensive word that I did not know was offensive. Maybe because it isn't used in the US. 

The word that kicked this off was "Hottentot". It was a derisive word coined by the Dutch in South Africa for Black Africans. Who knew?


 

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