Date: Thu, 20 Oct 1994 13:37:06 -0700

From: Judith Rascoe boise[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WELL.SF.CA.US

Subject: Re: offending idiot

One of the ridiculous aspects of "supposed racism", is that you are called

a racist of you"don't keep" with the currently acceptied term, or if you are

not a member of the group you refer to.

.. I'm not as sure that somebody who uses last season's word is seen as

racist in the worst sense as much as he's seen as somebody who hasn't been

paying attention. It's like your sister's deciding she wants to be called

'Stacey' now rather than 'Bootums' or 'Hag-face'. She's asserting, and

you're resenting, the implication that your understanding is not as compelte

as you thought it was.