Date: Tue, 18 Oct 1994 12:54:21 CST
From: salikoko mufwene mufw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Subject: Re: offending idioms
In Message Tue, 18 Oct 1994 09:25:06 -0700,
"CAVEMAN -- San Bernardino, Calif. USA" cjcoker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]csupomona.edu writes:
federal government feels the need to stop the use of the word "nigger,"
how about they start in my neighborhood where the black people call each
It's true that some African Americans often/sometimes use the term
"nigger" with special pragmatic intent, but I don't know whether I would
formulate it the way you do.
(I also object to the politcally correct term African-
American -- the only true "African-Americans" I know are of European
ancestry many generation back, and they are whiter than I am.
Could you cite your source(s)? I am curious?
Maybe "nigger" doesn't seem worth fighting over to me because I'm part white
and part Indian (oops, Native American). By the way, I am *NOT* racist.
How would you know the difference when you don't even realize when you
might offend or hurt others? Let the rest of us tell you what we think of
Salikoko S. Mufwene
University of Chicago
Dept. of Linguistics
1010 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uchicago.edu
312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861