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Far from being "colourless", the English language has more terms for colours than any other language.
For example, the word "white" is commonly understood when applied to inamiate objects: A white house, a white bathtub, a white line on the ground...
When talking about PEOPLE, English has more colours: Albino for instance is a person born with a condition that renders the person's skin colour very and unnaturally pale. African albinos routinely suffer persecution by their black compatriots. In some cases, albino Blacks get killed to pass their good luck to others.
That the word "Negro" has been discarded from polite English has nothing to do with the skin colour of the person formerly called a "Negro". Negro comes from the Latin word for black, nigrus, nigra, nigrum (adjective). In Roman times a dark skin colour didn't lower your status.
The negative connotations to the word "Negro" originated with US Amerian English and US America's social dilemmas, including the social stratification in the South that condemned Blacks to be slaves and Whites to be their owners.
As for the "Yellow Peril", I fail to see any racially motivated stigmatisation. The Japanese were the Asian de facto yellow nation that became a menace to not only the West but to Asia itself.
In fact, most Westerners don't attach racial significance to skin colours; they judge people more by their CULTURE. It is common in the West for Whites to go to a tanning studio and get their sin bronzed. Interestingly, Asians have a strong prejudice against dark skin colours especially in Japan, Korea and China: The whiter the better...
And don't get me started talking about CHINESE racist stereotypes! They are numerous, nasty and ineradicable. Some of them are centuries old and hark back to long before Europeans came to roost on Chinas southern coast. In GUANGZHOU, many locals refer to Africans as "HEI GUI". Whites have also been the target of Chinese racist monikers such as "guilao". And the peoples who were displaced by the Chinese conquerors of the territories that eventually became Chinese through mass immigration labelled the aboriginal peoples all kinds of unfriendly things. "Barbarians" was the most common.