Date: Wed, 24 Aug 1994 23:40:38 -0400 From: "Becky Howard, Department of Interdisciplinary Writing, Colgate University" Subject: Re: What is a Racist Term? The particular term under discussion, "poor white trash," seems to me to function both as a racist and classist epithet. Certainly it refers to class--to those above & below the line, as Michael put it. But it also refers to race, and not whites--it's an oblique reference to the Other (presumably African American). The social context of "poor white trash" seems to me to be specifying "trashy, even though white." Becky Howard Department of Interdisciplinary Writing Colgate University BHOWARD[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CENTER.COLGATE.EDU