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Do you ever find it hard to tell what's a racist term you should avoid using and what's an endearing term for someone from a certain country? Generally you should err on the side of not using terms you're unsure about, but there's one that's been proven to be fair game: Kiwi. The South Australian Employment Tribunal made this ruling this week, concluding that calling someone from New Zealand a 'Kiwi' doesn't constitute racial discrimination or harassment.

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To avoid a toxic workplace culture, it's important to know which phrases and actions can make employees from different backgrounds or identities feel uncomfortable and targeted. Not meaning to give offence does not excuse this behaviour - especially if you keep repeating it.

With that in mind, here are 14 seemingly innocent phrases to avoid (and what to say instead.)

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On the weekend, Netflix's US communications chief Jonathan Friedland was fired from the company for "descriptive use of the N-word" in the workplace. In an internal memo to staff, CEO Reed Hastings explained that Friedland had been let go for exhibiting "unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity."

Meanwhile, here in Australia, much has been made of "the right to be a bigot". This got us wondering - is it legal to terminate an Australian employee for using a racial epithet? Or would they have a case for unfair dismissal? Let's find out.

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The English language is constantly evolving, with new words and phrases spreading among us like an infection - we hear things, then we say those things. The problem is that we don't always bother to wonder if we should. Because of that, the original meaning of some demeaning and hateful expressions get lost in time. Here are some widely used examples.

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Some of the largest animation houses in the US have a troubled history of cartoons that heavily feature racist stereotypes. Both Walt Disney and Warner Bros have seen accusations of discrimination leveled against them in the past - and fairly so.

In particular, a group of 11 Warner Bros cartoons have become infamous in animation history for their depictions of African Americans and the use of black stereotypes. These cartoons are known as the "Censored Eleven" and they were banned from syndication in 1968.

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The nice thing about getting together with family for the holidays is catching up with loved ones you haven't seen since last year. It's lovely to hear about your sister's new job, watch the kids play with their cousins, and grit your teeth through your racist relatives' awful comments. OK, wait -- that's actually not very fun. In fact, it can be rather distressing and depressing.

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In the 1950s, holidaying while black in America was dangerous. The commonplace discrimination occurring during the Jim Crow era meant black travellers struggled to find a hotel room in which to stay, or a restaurant where they could grab a meal. Too often they were met with met with hostility, refused service or worse. So when a brother like me wanted to get out of town, that meant grabbing a Green Book -- a guidebook for black travellers offering tips on how to tour the country safely, as well as a directory of safe holiday destinations.

Shared from Kotaku

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Over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacists held a rally that escalated into violence. An activist, a paralegal named Heather Heyer, was killed after a man drove his car into a crowd of protesters. I usually write about video games on this site, but today I need to talk about my dad, who marched in Selma in 1965.

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Artificial intelligence is infiltrating our daily lives, with applications that curate your phone pics, manage your email, and translate text from any language into another. Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft are all heavily researching how to integrate AI into their major services. Soon you'll likely interact with an AI (or its output) every time you pick up your phone. Should you trust it? Not always.

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I waited until my seven-year-old was done with his breakfast to break the news. "Do you remember the election was yesterday?" I asked. "Yeah? Who won?" he said. I had to tell him: Donald Trump.