This evening, while writing, I stumbled upon something that has stoked the fires of my fervor and dissent more than any other tools of literacy ever have. I dared to inquire as to how MacMillan Dictionary defined the term “non-white”, and was returned with descriptions ranging from “adjective” to “offensive”. Alright. I’ll give you that, whatever. The current day and age leaves much to be desired. On the opposite spectrum, upon looking up the term “non-black”, I was met with a lack of definition. Literally. The term “non-white” actually bears a definition, but the lack thereof of “non-black” hails such a statement. MacMillan offers the option to those who inquire about undefinable words, as most online dictionaries do, of a “Did You Mean?’ section. In this particular section, in the total lack of definition of the term “non-black”, we are greeted by a slew of uneducated guesses at to what they think you were actually getting at.
They range in suggestions from “coal-black”, “jet-black”, and “non-binary”, to “Polack”. Seeing Polack on the list, and being fully aware of the connotation attached to it, i clicked. MacMillan has incited curiosity. Polack is not categorized as an offensive term. Polack is categorized as a countable American noun, with the definition reading as such :
an insulting word for someone from Poland. The usual word is Pole.
Followed by a list of offensive words for people according to nationality or ethnicity: black, Canuck, colored. This word is defined as such, as a racial slur, but the actual term “non-black” has no definition, albeit their obvious awareness of connotation; not even an inkling of possibility according to MacMillan.
While the current state of things has a massively discouraging effect, we need to stand strong and resolute. There are many outlets touting the lack of action as the largest problem, but the lack of knowledge is the biggest hurdle to overcome. We’ve been waging an information based war for years, but as the front lines change, we must be adaptable. When our sources of true understanding and knowledge are defiled by political correctness, there is no going back on peaceful means. Diplomacy only goes so far. Become informed, brethren. Let’s help ourselves help each
other. Stay strong, unapologetic, and knowledgable.