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Re: [csswg-drafts] Change three color names (#5284)

From: Sam Sneddon via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 04:35:03 +0000
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> Indian Red is named after a famous red pigment from India, and has no connection to Native Americans.

Arguments from etymology are pretty weak; it's hard to deny that both "indian" and "red" both have negative connotations in the US (especially combined!) and AFAICT many assume it is connecting to Native Americans without knowing otherwise. The only counterargument I've seen against renaming things using it is that to remove it effectively is writing out India.

> Navajo White refers to the background color of the Navajo Nation flag. I was under the impression that it was defined as the "official" color, but I can't find support for that now; slightly changing it to a less unfortunate hex code would probably be fine.

I can't find any official source more specific than "tan".

> Moccasin has no particular special meaning, but also it's just the name of a type of shoe.

I presume the potential objection comes from it being a type of (historically Native American) shoe, and an Algonquian loanword.


That said, along with any discussion about whether to remove these, an easier move we could do quickly is to deprecate them, as that at the very least signals a desire to remove them.

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