Quote from Karric_ »Are they changing Tribal to Kindred due to the (situationally) negative usage of the word tribal?
I think it more has to do with the return to Lorwyn in 2025 or 2026. They must already be designing that set. But announcing that change, they are A) creating hype and drawing interest from the community (and) B) getting the community used to saying "kindred" and not "tribal." I believe an obvious correlation comes from cards like Kindred Dominance, which have been proven to be very popular, as well as the word explaining the connection about the interconnectivity of the creature type.
I do not really think there's a negativity to the term "tribal," as no one in the community really saw as a slight against cultures that have a history of coming from tribes. I am Jewish and when I meet another Jew for the first time, I (like many other's of my faith) like to jokingly say "Ah, one of the Tribe!" Which is in reference to the 12 Tribes of Israel. Words only have power and negative connotations when others let them. There are tribal drums, tribal beats, and tribal chants. None of which bear any negative connotations. In fact, tribal drumming and tribal beats are heavily incorporated into modern music, it is what has made metal bands like Sepultura and Soulfly (both lead by Max Cavalera) so popular. In other gaming circles, specifically White Wolf and World of Darkness, both publishers of Vampire (the pen n' paper roleplaying game), the different groups of vampires have ben referred to as "tribes."
If I am wrong about the word "tribal" and WotC, then someone please link and article from WotC explicitly stating that's the case. But until then, I stand by my statement that the word "tribal" is not being changed because of any negative buxx associated by outraged others pinning it to the word.