Date: Thu, 25 Aug 1994 09:37:32 EDT From: Al Futrell Subject: Re: ADS-L Digest - 23 Aug 1994 to 24 Aug 1994 >From: Judith Rascoe >"Racist term" seems like a useful phrase, defined as an insulting epithet >used by a member of one race or ethnic group to refer disparagingly to a >member of another group. In this sense I guess "poor white trash" is only a >'racist term' when the speaker is non-white. But I also agree that the >PWT is not racist per se since it is also often used by high-status >whites talking about low-status whites. I think Judith is right on target here. Consider the use of "nigger." Usually, it is not considered racist when used by one African-American speaking to or about another African-American. When used by a someone from another race, however, the term is generally interpreted as a racist slur.