Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 11:46:35 -0600
From: "Donald M. Lance" engdl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: Sand Nigger
Sorry about the title, but that's what this posting's about.
Anne H. Soukhanov's new SPEAKING FREELY implies that the term originated
during the Gulf War. A Usenet check unfortunately shows a bunch of hits. One
poster defined "sand nigger" as "Arab."
This is the first time I've heard it applied to someone of Indian
I'm sure it goes back before Desert Storm. I've heard the term, as well as
'raghead', for both Arabs and Iranians in military slang. My younger
brother, who was stationed in Iran in the late 1960s, used the term
'raghead' and I'm pretty sure he mentioned the other term as being used by
others but didn't use it himself.