As you can tell from yesterday's post, I'm going to review the sixth Nancy Drew book. One of the culprits is an "Oriental" who is described as "squint-eyed".
How should I discuss racism in my Nancy Drew book reviews? The official rule is that I can use offensive terms while summarizing the book, but not while commenting on it. For example, I can say, "Nancy meets a drunk negro in the first book", but I can't say, "It's racist that the negro is a drunken buffoon". I have to replace "negro" with a modern term like "black" or "African-American" when describing that character.
I don't remember where this rule comes from, but that's the one I use. It's convenient to me, because I normally keep the book summary and the book commentary in separate parts of reviews, anyway. I haven't gotten any complaints about it so far, but I figured I might as well outline the official policy I'm using, in case anyone is curious.