Edmonton police apologize for describing girl as ‘mulatto’ in Amber Alert

Shama Rangwala, an English instructor at the University of Alberta, called the term “racist.”

On Oct. 5, 2018, Edmonton police issued an Amber Alert in which they used the term “mulatto” to describe a missing teenager. (CTV Edmonton)
“Mulatto is not a term that we use anymore,” Rangwala told CTV Edmonton. “It is a term that came from slavery times. The etymology, most lexicographers agree, comes from the term ‘mule’ so it’s deliberately dehumanizing and seeing that word in 2018 was kind of a shock.”

According to the Oxford Dictionary, “mulatto” is a “dated” and “offensive” term that first appeared in English in the Sixteenth century. Derived from Spanish and used to describe a “person of mixed white and black ancestry, especially a person with one white and one black parent,” it is thought that the term relates to the mixed parentage of mules, which are the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.

Full article: CTV News