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    My hubby is a ranga, he and his 2 brothers and sister have always called themselves rangas since the term came about. Hubby calls our dd1&3 rangas. It's not offending in this household. For us it's cute.


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    There are lots of things people call Red haired people. Ginger (Ginger ninja ive heard before), Red, Blue. But Ranga really makes me upset. I usually correct people. "No he is not a Ranga, He is a boy with red hair". Is it a form of racism i wonder?

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    I don't find it offensive, though I don't have red hair. Everyone that I know who have red hair use the word ranga maybe that's why I have never seen it in a bad context.

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    I can easily understand how it could offend.

    I'm a ranga.. And i honestly have no problems being called a ranga. But it's up to the individual what is and isn't ok.

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    I think calling yourself a ranga is different to someone else using the term iykwim? Kinda like an old Italian bloke referring to himself as a wog but it would be offensive if someone else called him that. I can't quite explain what I mean :/ brain malfunction..

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    I hate it my son has red hair and when family or friends to him as a ranga it makes my blood boil. I know they all love him and it's a joke but he is 2. One brother in law even gets him to say ranga I could punch him when he does it then my nephews say it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndigoJ View Post
    There are lots of things people call Red haired people. Ginger (Ginger ninja ive heard before), Red, Blue. But Ranga really makes me upset. I usually correct people. "No he is not a Ranga, He is a boy with red hair". Is it a form of racism i wonder?
    Maybe if you believe redheads are a seperate race to the rest of us?

    No seriously, it could be a derogatory term if you take it that way, but its not 'racism' .... i would find the implication redheads are different to anyone else offensive more than the term ranga

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Trooper View Post
    Maybe if you believe redheads are a seperate race to the rest of us?

    No seriously, it could be a derogatory term if you take it that way, but its not 'racism' .... i would find the implication redheads are different to anyone else offensive more than the term ranga
    "a form of". What the other word (mind blank) that makes fun of certain aspects of a person. Sorry, im having a massive brain fart

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    i love the term. hubby is a ranga and refers to himself like that all the time. he is from new zealand, maybe a little more relaxed..??!!
    in fact, our friends often call our house 'ranga's ranch'.
    our son had red hair when he was born but it is now brown.....and our daughter seems to have missed out too
    we have quite a few friends who also don't care about the word ranga.

    i think people will always get 'offended' by slang but this is australia, where slang is abundant. does that mean we should stop using slang?
    sheila, chick, pom, yank, roo....you get my drift

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    I have no problem if other people refer to themselves as that.

    But i would be deeply offended if someone called my son's or my husband that.

    My dh loathes the term, he gets really p1ssed. We see people on his facebook all the time talk about how they hope they dont get a 'ranga' baby etc. Its really dissapointing in this day and age to hear things like that.

    Personally i think my kids are stunning, and ds#2 gets comments on his hair from strangers (especially old people) every time we leave the house. This one old guy is out in his garden every morning on the walk to school and he says every single day "hello little bluey, dont you have lovely coloured hair" ds#2 rubs his head and says "yesh" teehee

    Sorry i went all rambly there.

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