Marine1: Uh... how?
Rafe: Lots of people here missing the point entirely - shocking, I know.It doesn't matter what the origins of the word 'squaw' are, or whether or not it's Oprah's fault it has negative connotations (disregarding the much older literary examples outlined by rufus-tfirefly above).What matters is that many First Nations people, Algonquin and otherwise, take offense to the term. Trust me, I went to school with many Cree, Dene, and Lakota Sioux kids, among others, and let's just say they aren't fans.So what's so difficult about avoiding the use of a term that has been established by its target group to be, in fact, offensive?It's not about being "butthurt" or political correctness going overboard. It's about adapting our use of language to avoid unncessarily pissing off large groups of people. I think that's pretty easy to accomplish without limiting ourselves - this idea that somehow we'll run out of benign words is a laughable strawman argument at best.In this particular case, I don't see an attention whore. I see a First Nations mother calling out a teacher for handing out an assignment (yes, a decidedly underwhelming one given the age of the student) that employs an outdated term considered offensive by the very group to which it refers.I also see a teacher who clearly didn't work out the answer himself beforehand, but who realized his mistake and issued what appears to me to be a very sincere apology and immediately took steps to make amends.So if all parties in the article seem to agree that this was a mistake - albeit a relatively minor one in the grand scheme of things - what's wrong with admitting that just might be the case?
Mock26: Makh: I would be really pissed if my kid had that as homework. As covered here, it's crap math for a 17 year old and it leads to an ignorant phrase. This paper virtually teaches nothing and in fact, more things need to be taught to make up for the crappy paper.Crap math for most 17 year old students, but it is very advanced for a 17 year old jock. I am actually surprised he did so well.
FriarReb98: And I'm sorry, but we as a human race need to stop getting offended at every goddamned thing. It's getting old and we're running out of things to be offended by. And at the rate we're going, pretty soon we'll be born without skin as thin as some of the people who make it on Fark seem to have.
FriarReb98: And I'm sorry, but we as a human race need to stop getting offended at every goddamned thing.
FirstNationalBastard: MissFeasance: That's math homework for a 17 year old?Maybe he's a football player.
AbbeySomeone: On the upside, the kids learned a new word.
MissFeasance: That's math homework for a 17 year old?
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