Date: Wed, 26 Oct 1994 08:07:15 PDT From: "CAVEMAN -- San Bernardino, Calif. USA" Subject: Re: Offensive terms Just a quick note: Yestererday, my dogs got out (Rottweilers) and went straight to a neighbor's house and started fighting with her dog through a fence. This woman, white, I'd guess in her sixties or seventies, came to my house, and started calling me names, "nigger" among them. I know that I am responsible for what mu dogs do, but I found it somewhat odd that she called me a "nigger," as I look VERY white. (This is Southern California, BTW.) Is "nigger" becoming a generic "I hate you" term that can be used toward anybody, regardless of their skin color? Or does this lady need her glasses checked? It was indeed shocking to be called a "nigger." A witness to this whole thing was my friend, Joe, who lives straight across the street from me. Joe is VERY dark-skinned. My three-year-old and his three-year-old play together all the time, oblivious to skin color. Anyway, when the dog thing was over, Joe came over, and he was laughing *AT* the woman from down the street. By hanging out with Joe, do I become an "honorary" "nigger"? The episode immediately made me think of the thread on this list. Can white people be "niggers" too? Chuck Coker CJCoker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CSUPomona.Edu