Date: Thu, 25 Aug 1994 00:38:32 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: What is a Racist Term?
I don't know if anyone mentioned this in a posting I missed, but I've always
thought of "poor white trash" in the same way as "white slavery", both clearly
encoding the beliefs that "poor trash" and slaves OUGHT to be other than white.
Whether these terms are racist might come down to whether the user is
alluding to the epistemic or deontic sense of the modal--whether it's just
LIKELY that a random instance of poor trashiness or slavery involves
non-whites or whether it's actually APPROPRIATE or RIGHT.