A girl I go to school with referred to someone (I think it was a historical figure) as "the African-American gentleman" which just seems like overkill to me. I mean, I doubt she would refer to a white guy with that level of formality.
What do you think of this phenomenon? Does it count as racism/discrimination? Is it forgivable because their intentions are good? (I am talking about the cases where their intentions actually are good. Not the people who are trying to hide their overt prejudice, but the people who are genuinely just trying to be nice, and they just don't know any better.)