Date: Thu, 20 Oct 1994 00:35:32 -0700
From: "CAVEMAN -- San Bernardino, Calif. USA" cjcoker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CSUPOMONA.EDU
Subject: Re: offending idiot
I'm they guy who sent the Boulder Dam story along with a few comments of
my own regarding "offending idioms."
Since that posting, which I sent on 18 October, I have received numerous
replies. At last tally, the vote was roughly 3 to 2 in favor of me being
an *OFFENDING IDIOT* (my words). Salikoko S. Mufwene of the University of
Chicago, Department of Linguistics said:
. . .
when you don't even realize when you
might offend or hurt others? Let the rest of us tell you what we think of
. . .
He is correct; my comments might (did) offend others. And, yes, the rest of
you told me what you thought of my remarks. (Not all was negative, however,
some agreed with me.)
I OFFER MY HUMBLEST APOLOGY TO ALL WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN OFFENDED -- THOSE WHO
WROTE ME AND THOSE WHO DID NOT.
The point I was trying to make (obviously not very well) was that I think
the "offending idioms" are stupid. (The people that use the racial, etc.
slurs, *NOT* the people who responded to me or to the original request.)
For to those of you who asked, my vital statistics are:
Myself: White (?) European and Cherokee Indian descent (the name Coker was a
Moorish name around 800 A.D., appeared in England around 1200 A.D.)
Wife: Mexican descent (possibly some French way back)
Child 1: 18 years, adopted (wife's previous marriage), half-Mexican,
Child 2: 17 years, adopted (wpm, as above), half-Mexican, half-Black
Child 3: 14 years, twin, White, Indian, Mexican
Child 4: 14 years, twin, White, Indian, Mexican
Child 5: 11 years, White, Indian, Mexican
Child 6: 10 months (oops!), White, Indian, Mexican
Child 7: 3 years, granddaughter, White, Black, Oriental, Indian, Mexican,
(that I know of anyway -- I don't know the father's history)
In summary, no, I am *NOT* racist, as I said before. Yes, I do realize my
remarks might have offended somebody. No, that was not my intention -- I
apologize to those offended.
CJCoker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CSUPomona.Edu
By the way, does anybody know what box my granddaughter should check on forms
that ask about race? Personally, I consider myself _Homo sapiens sapiens_,
along with all others on this list (and elsewhere, too).
P.S. #2: I just realized that I SET PERSONAL_NAME to Caveman a while back
and never changed it. When considering my remarks, consider the source --
a guy nicknamed "Caveman."
There have been no dragons in my life, only small spiders and stepping in gum.
I could have coped with the dragons.
Anonymous (but wise)