Crusty Old Meatwad (he/him)
My man, just because racists erroneously misuse a concept doesn't make the concept racist. Similarly just because some religious people call D&D Satanism due to magic and witches doesn't make D&D Satanic. You can't just discard everything evil stupid racists misuse. That let's racists win, by accepting their use of those concepts as valid by giving it that power.I realize that prehistoric hominid species existed. But reallife racists misused the concept to "other" ethnic groups and to dehumanize them, by pseudoscientifically referring to them as if separate "biological branches" of the human species. D&D is rife with this kind of racism. 2024 must eliminate every trace of it, including the overtly and highly racist D&D Elf traditions.
I mean I was fine with calling it something else, but now you've convinced me - we should use race and subrace. Because F those guys. We should not change our language because those guys misuse it. Nor should you be running around looking for a maoist purge of any such associations because actual racists misused them. You don't adapt to what they're doing if you want to beat them. You challenge it and own that language for your own good purposes.
It is insufficient to change the name if it still means "subrace". If it is somehow both the same species but not the same species, it comes across as racist.
Only to racists. Because as you said, that's a MISUSE of the concept.
Who, other than you, is saying it comes across as racist. I want to know if anyone else in the whole world is making this claim. Because as I mentioned earlier, I've never seen a single person on all of Twitter/X or Reddit or here make the claims you're making about this. Who has claimed Duergar Traits is racist? Show me. I just did a long search of Twitter / X for Duergar Traits and any comment even vaguely implying they thought it was racist and not one person said or implied that. And this is the internet, where someone has said pretty much everything at some point!