Date: Fri, 28 Oct 1994 11:48:12 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: Offensive terms In Message Thu, 27 Oct 1994 20:54:28 -0400, Claudio Salvucci writes: >A friend of mine from college, born and raised (though not all of >his life) in Zaire, told me that "sand nigger" was quite a common usage >in Zaire, referring to Africans above the Sahara. What I don't >remember (if he ever told me) was whether black Zairois or Belgians >or both used it. In either case, it was not a general term of contempt >but was quite directly >imed at the Arab-speaking world. I was born in Zaire, a francophone country, and didn't leave it till I was 27 years old. I don't remember ever hearing the term, i.e., what "sand nigger" must be a translation of. Could it have been used among European expatriates? Black Africans do not consider Arabs blacks! Sali. Salikoko S. Mufwene University of Chicago Dept. of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861