Most of us are fond of using the phrase “you people”, me inclusive. Sometimes last year, my aunt heard me refer to some group as “you people” and she sat me down and told me that she was once on an interview panel and a promising young man was interviewed, he performed excellently until he referred to the panel as “you people”, she said he lost the job! Imagine!!
“You people” is a derogatory, belittling, disparaging and dyslogistic term (don’t mind my plenty grammar oh) even though it could refer to members of a particular group, collective that is.
So I did my research and found out that “you people” doesn’t sound polite, Infact in the US, this expression however intended by the speaker is interpreted as indicative of racism or of discrimination on an ethnic or religious basis . It is also said to be known as a racial epithet targeted at blacks only.
You see, you have to be careful of some of the old racist terms that we don’t know about. We often use some words without having the slightest idea that the words have such a bad connotation. I even found out that “you people” means “those of you who do not understand”. Can you see its debasing?
So my dear readers, language is constantly changing but grammar is still important. What you say and write is a projection of you in your physical absence.
P. S. Where is yours truly, Bobby, petite diva, Cindy, nonso? You all should come out from where you've been hiding oh.