Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 10:49:17 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: "sand nigger" + similar At 10:18 AM 12/16/97 -0500, you (Jesse T Sheidlower ) wrote: >For terms like this we do see a lot of confusion about where people >are actually from. We don't have any _sand nigger_ examples referring >to Indians (aside from Barry's), I suppose we can't assume that the people using the epithets were actually using them "properly". (I saw the same page-one story Barry P. did in the NYU student paper, _The Washington Square News_.) Their intention was to annoy the speaker and those who wanted to hear him, and logical consistency may not have been their highest priority. I'm not too clear on why they think using such an epithet supports their argument that the speaker is racist and they the protesters are opposed to such racism. Again, the main priority in this case seems to have been to give maximal annoyance to the target of the epithet rather than to exhibit logical consistency. >We also have occasional examples >of _raghead_ in equally broad use. Not forgetting the "immortal" towelhead, which I have heard on occasion in NY City for 15 years or more, though I'd imagine it goes further back than that. >In short I wouldn't expect too much consistency or realism from this >type of ethnic epithet. > Right. Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]