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"nigger" isn't okay. "spic" is pretty taboo.
"wetback", "jigaboo", "coon", hell,... even "colored" is out.

But it's okey dokey to call anyone of middle eastern decent a "raghead", "towelhead" "camel jockey", "sand nigger" (that's a particularly lovely one)... or what have you.

How very fucking evolved.
It makes me angry every time I see it. But even more so when I see people who I gave the benefit of the doubt to parading their ignorance like a fucking soccer hooligan.

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maddening
Oct. 3rd, 2002 07:34 am (UTC)
There's an ignorant texan idiot in the white house who wasn't even elected. Heh, I think waiting for the government to make a distinction amoungst the very very distinct groups in the middle east is a little silly, as our President usually has problems distingushing between huge established western european countries.

The person I saw using the term 'raghead' tonight said "osama bin laden or some other raghead', which may sound fine given the times and the general sentiment toward osama, but 'raghead' or 'towelhead' was never in reference to just terrorists, or just the bad guys. It was a religious slur, first and foremost and then a racial slur.

I dunno... there are't a lot of japanese people around here (lots of filipino, lots of chinese, a growing Korean population), but I wouldn't use the word 'slope' becuase of my lack of exposure to them.
I guess I'm in a minority of people (and I'm not judging here... it's just true) who don't really think about people based on skin color. Hell, I don't even describe people as "a black guy" or "a white guy" ... it's "the guy in the blue shorts with the bald head" or "that dude over there with the red shirt"

blah blah and on and on...

Basically, if you're going to use racial slurs, any of them, and then claim that you're a clean slate in the racial prejudice arena, you're full of shit.


And if the guy at the quick stop place there has an accent like Abu on the simpsons, he's probably Indian and Hindu, not Islamic or middle eastern.
Hehe.. they also look very different, but well... to a lot of people that's as incomprehensible as different asian peoples looking different. ::shrug:: lack of exposure I guess.

saintsteven
Oct. 3rd, 2002 09:51 am (UTC)
Crapola.. yeah, I know Abu is Indian.. that was a brain fart on my part mentally, I guess India isn't *quite* "Middle East".
maddening
Oct. 3rd, 2002 03:25 pm (UTC)
India and Pakistan are both part of Asia. ::nods::

saintsteven
Oct. 3rd, 2002 08:22 pm (UTC)
So's the Middle East.

RIGHT? RIGHT?
maddening
Oct. 3rd, 2002 09:18 pm (UTC)
hehe... sure.

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