The list below are slurs without a special circumstance and don’t have alternatives. They should not be used, regardless of context, outside of a direct quote.
Descriptive “Indian-sounding” names
- red man
These words have been used to dehumanize, put down, and delegitimize Indigenous peoples and our political issues.
Instead of using these pain-causing terms, we should work to use respectful language. Like the proper descriptors at the beginning of this article. The negative words and phrases didn’t come from out of the blue. There is an expansive history behind them and though meanings have adapted to the time we are in, the history cannot be ignored. It may seem like a long time ago, but for many Indigenous people this is recent memory which bleeds into our contemporary day-to-day lives.
There are many articles devoted to discussing these terms individually. I highly recommend seeking them out— from Indigenous voices especially. One resource I find myself using often is Indian Country Today (ICT) which is a Native-run and operated news site.