On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 8:22 PM, James A. Donald <jam...@echeque.com> wrote: > On 2011-06-14 1:29 AM, Nico Williams wrote: >> Second, we >> >> don't need to use derogatory terms here. There's a difference between >> being polite and being PC, > > If someone mugged you, you were mugged by a non asian minority, probably > black, and if someone failed to pay a toxic mortgage in the bay area, he is > a non asian minority, probably hispanic. The street crime problem is a race > problem, and the financial crisis in America is a race problem.
The idea that race is correlated with crime may be un-PC, but it might also be correct. Of course, an incorrect theory of race/crime correlation might be offensive to people who do not subscribe to PC if the theory were ill-informed, such as by being based on anecdotal evidence only. But the main thing is that the use of derogatory racial or ethnic terms is neither PC nor polite. I don't insist on PC and wouldn't think much of anyone who did, but I do insist on a basic degree of politeness (I've may have been annoyed to the point of rudeness once or twice on a public mailing list, but never would I utter an insult, much less a racial epithet). Nico -- _______________________________________________ cryptography mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.randombit.net/mailman/listinfo/cryptography