End of ADS-L Digest - 23 Aug 1994 to 24 Aug 1994 ************************************************ There are 5 messages totalling 92 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. What is a Racist Term? (3) 2. ADS-L Digest - 23 Aug 1994 to 24 Aug 1994 3. free book ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 24 Aug 1994 22:53:41 CDT From: "Donald M. Lance" 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? DMLance