Date: Thu, 25 Aug 1994 00:38:32 EDT From: Larry Horn 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. --Larry Horn