> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Rex May > "African-American" is a magnificently idiotic term. I once > heard somebody on NPR talking > about the racial makeup of South Africa — they said that 80% > or some such percentage of > the population was African-American. Whoever was talking had > had it drilled into them that > the only acceptable term for a person of the Negroid race is > "African-American." > > If Ian Smith had immigrated to the US, what would you call > him? When Eldridge Cleaver > immigrated to Algeria, did he become an African-American-African? > > Ethnic terms are so politically charged, they can become very > ridiculous. I remember when > it was decided to call Lieberman a Jewish-American on that > same pattern. I haven't heard > Mormon-American or Catholic-American yet, but I suppose I will. > > Me, I'm just a Redneck-American. Me, Aussie trapped in American citizenship. > As for names of things being sexed or not, clearly sometimes > sex is relevant, and > sometimes it's not. A planned language should be able to > easily make the distinction or > not, depending on the case. Yes. One place where it's really important is with animals. It may not seem to be a big deal but a large portion of the world is still agricultural and the sex of farm animals is a big issue to those who raise them for a living. For other uses as with professions it's generally not important what sex the person is.