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I cringe a lot when I read the papers or turn the radio on. You never hear, "A white paedophile was apprehended," but you sure as hell will hear, "A eskimo paedophile was apprehended."
Never, "An armed white man held up a bank," but "A black man bottled a woman." In Canada, when some eskimo guy murdered his whole family and then killed himself, people were discussing honour-culture and other finer parts of Asian cultures. When a white man does it, he is simply psychotic.
White is benign and the average, so it can't really be used nefariously. While other terms like black, and eskimo, are loaded and have negative connotations. They are used negatively, to "otherise" and dehumanise. The more I think about it, I realise to a degree that the everyday language of our society, and by extension all the media we consume is at worst racist, and at best, just ignorant and xenophobic. While that can be overlooked if we were a near homogeneous nation like Japan, and shielded from globalisation, I don't think it can be applied here in Britain, or anywhere in the western world.
Now I'm not fighting for one corner or another. I speak three languages, and out of all of them, English seems most inclusive, and all tribal hostilities/xenophobia seem like they are covert. You would have to stop and think about certain things to realise what they truly mean.
Maybe technology, economy, and civilisation are progressing faster than our languages and inner-selves.