There are a lot of slurs that are so ingrained into English-speaking culture that people who say them don’t always realize that they are slurs.
- People say them without meaning them as slurs, but they still hurt people
- Because people also say them as intentional slurs
- And it’s not usually…
“Squaw” is not an appropriate term for a native woman.
Do not use it.
What about when it’s part of a geographical proper-noun (capital-letter name) like “Squaw Valley, California" (site of the 1960 winter olympics)?
I don’t know what to say about this beyond that if you have power over names of places, don’t name them things like that.
Does any of y'all have an answer to this?