Ah, that's intesting. I'd been told that Eskimo was a very offensive word (worse than nigger), and hurtful to the Inuit people. Incidentally, by an Inuit.
Yet you happily call yourself an Eskimo, even so much to have it in your title.
Now am I racist by calling you what you call yourself, i.e. eskimo, yet is conceived by some to be a racist, and highly offensive word?
And yes, I'm sorry that I replied again, after I said I'd stop but you've clearly called me a racist. Why? Because I try mimicing an asian language. A language which I listen to a lot while watching anime, and a language which whose words I've attempted to pick up&learn, from a country that I'd love to visit one day.
No, that does not make me a racist.
because it's totally up to you what other people get offended by.
And that's exactly it. For instance, I'd been led to understand that Eskimo WAS offensive, and so I've stopped using it, despite it being the word I grew up with. I understood it was hurtful, and so stop.
The same with various words, for instance, apparently negro is just as offensive as nigger, so another word not to be used. And more recently, I understand they don't like being called Blacks, but prefer Afro-American.
I can respect that, and I won't call them those names, not because I myself think they are offensive, but because I know that there is a history of pain, and hate behind those words.
Of course it's courteous to avoid those words. That's why those words are generally accepted as being more offensive to some than, say, bitch, or whatever.. general insults to all of humanity, but without that same history of hate behind it.
There is no pain in mimicing a language, especially not one your interested in learning. There is no hate. It's fun. Well known comedians get up and do it, and people laugh at them, and pay them.
I'll try not to reply again. Unless there is something about the Eskimo/Iniut thing that needs explaining/clearing up.
@Superb J: I don't know. Are you a white american? Can you tell me your thoughts?