The Labour MP Danielle Rowley said Rudd had "undermined an important point about abuse" with her terminology.
Amber Rudd undermining an important point about abuse by referring to Diane Abbott as a 'coloured woman' on BBC Radio 2. She clearly gets her language from the same bygone era as her abhorrent welfare policies.
Rudd's comment swiftly made its way online, and people are condemning it for being offensive and dated.
@rosskempsell @GeorgeAylett OMG! Seriously? There lies the problem.
When I was searching for a room in London in 1957, notices saying 'No coloured, no Irish, no children' were everywhere. As I had an Irish husband and a baby I was doubly barred. If they had realised I was from a Latin American family it might have been a triple whammy.
In the past in South Africa, racial - and thus economic and social - lines were drawn by using the word "coloured", and black people were disenfranchised through the use of the term - which was also a specific ethnic distinction.
Most mixed-race people in South Africa are identified as their own race, 'coloured.' Since people saw me as coloured, the insults and slurs hurled my way were the insults and slurs typically hurled at coloured people. Since I identified as black, [not as coloured], those slurs didn’t mean anything to me, and therefore didn’t hurt me.
So, what should be used instead?
While there is no hard and fast definition of what is 'good' and 'bad', a few suggestions have been made that are much, much more appropriate than 'coloured.'