Failure to Offend

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August 29, 2014 by JImbo


A black comedian on the radio this morning was lamenting that he was finding it hard to offend white people. Apparently calling us “crackers” wasn’t working so he tried “honkey”, “whitey” and “cornbread.” Nothing.

Is there a derogatory slang term that will offend a “white” person? I was hard pressed to think of one. There are ones based on actions or lifestyles… for example “White Trash.” Or you can say “Racist.” Those are lifestyles and attitudes however. That’s not the same as a slur based SOLELY based on race however.

Can you think of one?

Why is that?

It’s not just about being in power or being in a majority.

Plenty of white folks are poor. There are plenty of rich black, brown, red and yellow people too.

In foreign countries I’ve been in the whites were in the minority. They knew they were different, called different names. However, they weren’t OFFENDED as far as I could tell.

I’m a bit puzzled as to why this would be. Is it a simple matter of choosing NOT to be offended? Is it that simple? Things bother you only if you let them?

What do you think?


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