Date: Wed, 24 Aug 1994 22:53:41 CDT
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: What is a Racist Term?
Maybe in contemporary usage some people consider "racist" any kind of statement
that negatively labels a person whose race is identifiable and is associated
in some way with the term. Your talk-show buddy might consider it racist
for someone to talk about "fascist Republican pigs" in the Senate. "Poor
black trash" is not a common term, and aren't all fascist pigs white by
default? One, of course, might refer to a "trashy" black person or might
lump black and white cops together as "pigs" who'll deprive seekers of
innocent fun of their god-given liberty, but generally these terms apply to
low-melanin individuals. Calling a black cop a pig might be even more
insulting than calling a white cop a pig. I think these generalizations
apply whether the name-caller is black, white, or brown.
Would any nineties talk-show host that you know be likely (or able) to
understand the "subtleties" discussed here?