Are all words used to describe race offensive?
According to the BC Human Rights Tribunal, not necessarily.
Racial descriptors not always negative
Some words used to describe people by race are loaded, but but what about the many different words in other languages used to describe white people?
Are those offensive?
The BC Human Rights Tribunal has ruled against a woman who alleged discrimination from her landlord because she was a “white girl.”
Jocelyn Gowland said her landlord Kulwinder Gill and his family routinely used the word “gori” to describe her.
Gowland says it’s “rude,” “reverse racism,” and offensive like the “N word.”
But Tribunal Member Parnesh Sharma, who speaks Hindi and understands some Punjabi, says the word isn’t negative or derogatory.
In his ruling, Sharma writes “words may mean different things to different people, but it cannot mean whatever one chooses it to mean.”
You can read the ruling here: