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caudacity

[ kaw-das-i-tee ]

What does caudacity mean?

Caudacity is a slang term for audacity demonstrated by white people. In particular, caudacity is frequently used in reference to bold, shameless displays of white privilege and racism.

The use of caudacity overlaps heavily with the related slang term caucacity. The two terms are often used interchangeably to refer to ridiculous or offensive behavior by white people who don’t expect to suffer any consequences for their actions.

However, while caucacity is sometimes used outside of the context of racism, such as to refer to activities stereotypically engaged in by white people, caudacity is usually used in a way that implies some form of racist behavior.

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caucacity, #OscarsSoWhite, white privilege, Critical Race Theory

Where does caudacity come from?

Caudacity is a combination of Caucasian, referring to white people, and audacity, meaning “shameless boldness.”

The first known records of its use come from 2015 on Twitter. Use of the term increased in 2016.

 

Like caucacity, caudacity is sometimes used outside of the context of racism.

However, it is most commonly used to call out instances of shameless racism and white privilege, such as a lack of empathy for nonwhite victims of crime, the downplaying of historical racial injustice, and blatantly racist behavior and language.

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Examples of caudacity

my roommate had the caudacity to ask me why there is a black history month but not a white history month lmao NOT TODAY SATAN.
@lashaexoxo_, February 1, 2017
It remains incredibly frustrating to watch the (distant) descendants of the Europeans who colonized our countries for spices have the audacity (or caudacity) to not be able to distinguish among them.
Anita Mannur, NBC News THINK, August 26, 2021

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Who uses caudacity?

Caudacity is especially used by people of color to call out and mock instances of white people engaging in racism and demonstrating white privilege.

 

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