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"Master" is racist. Huh?

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"Master" is racist. Huh?

Postby Kay » Thu 3 Mar 2016 10:05 GMT

This is a new one for me. Typical academic titles - bachelor, master, doctor - may be a bit out of date now but they're traditional and a landmark achievement for many. Why fix what ain't broke?

Heck, I'm not really a bachelor or a master, but I'm pleased enough to have the titles as a mark of achievement. Now, apparently, it's racist to be a "master". It refers to the slave trade.

Eh?

When I was at school (and Latin was compulsory) "magister" meant "scholar" or similar. But that's not good enough for Harvard.
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History happened. Let's not try to rewrite it or change things just for the sake of it. I bet there are loads of black people with masters degrees who are as astounded by this as I am.

Do you agree? (Or am I starting to sound like a Daily Heil reader?)
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Re: "Master" is racist. Huh?

Postby ruggie » Sat 5 Mar 2016 20:04 GMT

Long before slavery, 'Master' referred to skill level in a trade guild. They were in charge of apprentices, but their main job was to teach them.

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