white and black man

jokaec

Senior Member
Chinese - Hong Kong
I heard some people use "caucasian". Can I just use "a white man/person" or "a black man/person" or "a spanish man/person" or "an Asian man/person"? Is it polite? For example, I met a "white/black man" on a street yesterday. Thank you!
 
  • Aardvark01

    Senior Member
    British English (Midlands)
    Please provide a sentence in which you heard the term "Caucasian" used.
    Not all Caucasians are white, plus there is a type of dog and a geographical region of the same name.
     

    jokaec

    Senior Member
    Chinese - Hong Kong
    Please provide a sentence in which you heard the term "Caucasian" used.
    Not all Caucasians are white, plus there is a type of dog and a geographical region of the same name.
    Thank you, Aardvark01.
    I just wonder if I use "white/black/spanish/Asian" man in my talk. Is it polite?
    For example, I met a ... on the street and talked to him.
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    It is a little impolite to mention people's race, country of origin, or religion. Impolite enough you don't mention it unless there is a reason to.

    But if you think it is relevant (it has something to do with what you are talking about) it is okay.

    Also, if what you write is seen in the US, you may need to worry about activists saying you are not "politically correct".
     
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