Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 08:59:32 EDT From: David Muschell Subject: Re: offending idiot >> Northeast, I don't know a single white Southerner who doesn't realize >> that "nigger" is an offensive term when used by whites. I don't think > >Nor do I. And I will add, in response to the comment by somebody else >that "nigger" is used "especially in the South," that in my 51 years of >living in the South I have never heard anybody use the word -- except to >talk about the fact that it is an offensive term. I'm not, of course, >saying that nobody in the South uses or has used the term. I'm simply >saying that enough people don't use it that I've managed to lead a pretty >normal life for all these years without bumping into the Southerners who >do use it. > --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Having been privy to plenty of "inner circle" discussions by "good ole boy" groups of small town elites here in the South, I must say the term was (is) widely used and with the offensive intent of a majority's fear of a less-than-equal group gaining control (ie. "if we let that nigger get elected sheriff, the whole county'll go to hell"). The use has gone further underground now, but is still prevalent, though with the election of that African American law enforcement officer and hades not appearing, the "either-or" fallacy became more apparent to the large, decent group of whites who sometimes sat timidly on the fringes of those circles, not voicing dismay (myself included) at the bigotry, using their votes instead. Having gone from the journalistic endeavors of those days to the more insulated towers of academe, I have not heard the term ever mentioned by students or colleagues, except in its disparagement. David