Those who know Punjabi language please help

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mincymoo124 Mon 31-Dec-18 21:52:00

Can somebody please tell me if the word "Karla" and "gora" are discriminatory terms in the punjabi language? As in referring to a black man and a white man. Pakistanis seem to use these terms a lot and I'm just interested


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chargedproton Sat 19-Jan-19 22:17:34

No they are not. Just words to describe those people. Kala means black. So it’s like saying a black man.

Cheekyandfreaky Sat 19-Jan-19 22:22:37

As with anything, context is everything. It’s true that they’re ‘descriptors’ but people use them to talk about Asian skin tone too so that kala (dark) skin is often looked down on where as gora (fair) skin is seen as wonderful. Also it’s why people are using those words- ‘who are you talking about’ ‘the black man/ kala’ no problem.

sphinxa Sat 19-Jan-19 22:24:34

They're not in themselves but it's all about context and tone... and if they're meant as derogatory

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