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28 October 2016 @ 06:43 am
Just the other day on Facebook, John Clute, who definitely knows more words than anybody else now that Bill Buckley is gone, mentioned hypodescent: a system of racial classification where even "one drop" of blood defines a person born of mixed parentage as belonging to the subordinate (in socioeconomic terms) group. Today, we have an example: a Republican saying on television that Tammy Duckworth doesn’t look white enough to have ancestors who fought in the American Revolution.

ETA: And someone with a Spanish name is accused of Extreme Cultural Appropriation for attempting to make off with the obviously Caucasian word hence.
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on October 29th, 2016 08:28 am (UTC)
I can see why. You couldn't exactly say "Half right; I do think you're stupid, but I hadn't noticed that you're Latino."

It may be that this lady's teacher does think she's a poor writer, but not because she's Latina. In any case, an accusation of plagiarism requires evidence beyond "I don't believe you'd use the word hence".