I was listening to NPR the other day in the car with Dh and they had a story about smartphones and whther or not it is rude to use them in public. So the man they were interviewing (who obvioulsy was not a fan of the smartphone) was complaining about people using the phone in lines at stores and such. He then went on to tell a story about a time when he was in line at a store waiting topay for gas and there was "this Hispanic lady in front of me just talking away on her phone. I could hear the whole conversation".
My Dh and I though the same thing at the same moment....why did he have to say it was a Hispanic lady? why not just a lady? or a person?
Now I'm not saying everytime (or even this time) when people use racial qualifiers they are being racist or even meaning it (consciously anyway) in a negative way. And maybe sometimes it is important when describing someone. But what about in instances where it really doesn't serve any real positive purpose? Do you think they are necessary? Why do people do it?