Naaaw, how lovely! Enjoy your Babymoon Von Zipper
my DH has red hair and he too finds it offensive and I think it's an awful term too!
Recently in the AFL there was a terrible incident where a 13 year old in the crowd of a game called an indigenous player and ape. That is highly offensive and racist.
Being called a ranga when you have red hair is likening as the OP says a red head to a version of an ape.
no one can control their country of birth, their hair colour or their skin colour and as such no one should be called any kind of name that associates their appearance with a negative name.
our daughter was born with out red hair and I was so upset! I wanted her to have red hair as I think it's gorgeous! I also like to be different, so I thought it would be nice for her to have something that sets her apart from the crowd. I guess I'll just need to teach her how to be an individual in other ways.
I think what irks me most is that the term is used in the media, radio, TV etc which normalises the term and that's just not right! If tv presenters or radio sports commentators made a racist slur, they'd get the sack, but I hear the term ranga so often and can't stand that for some reason it's still tolerated! Something needs to change.
Wow old thread.
I still find it offensive and my ds2 still gets called this. Now though when someone says oh he's a ranga. I reply with no he isn't.
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I have a big nose and I used to get teased at school and I was called snuffy (mr. Snuffelupagus from Sesame Street) and I was called it because of my appearance. This was also followed by me being alienated by almost everyone in my year level.
Its just not nice. If you have kids with red hair and want to call the, that, it's not anything to do with me, but the fact is as long as the word is still used in a 'joking' way, it will still be used in a derogatory way.
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