Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 18:54:14 EST


Subject: Re: rat's ass, nigger, redneck,...

In a message dated 10/28/97 7:05:48 AM, you wrote:

There's also the whole issue of the reclamation of

derogatory terms WITHIN the derogated group (Niggahs with attitude, "queer",

and so on vs. their use by out-groupers.

I find this to be a quite interesting phenomenon, the reclamation and

reappropriation of derogatory terms by out groups. Even by southern rednecks,

who affectionately call each other "good ole boys." "Yeah, Ed, he's a good ole

boy." And by Italian-Americans when they speak of other "dagos" and "______"

(ah, the term escapes me now).... Perhaps folks out there can think of other

examples of this tendency, say from Irish or Jews or Latinos.