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Monday, January 28, 2008

What an Odd World...
















Downtown Windsor in better times. No engineering building necessary.

Gonna keep it short tonight, Windsor, but it's a bit of an...interesting doozy, given the racial upheavals at York in recent weeks, which is sad enough in itself.

The National Post reported on Thursday that people have begun catching on to the fact that in the Southern United States, 'Canadian' is the new 'n*gger'. That is, a slur against black people that white racists can use in polite company.

Said Stefan Dollinger, a linguistics fellow at UBC, "This ‘code' word, is the replacement of a no-longer tolerated label for one outsider group, with, from the U.S. view, another outsider group: Canadians. It could have been terms for Mexicans, Latinos etc. but this would have been too obvious," he said. "What's left? Right, the guys to the north."

The article also claims 'Canadian' is not just a racial slur, but has also been used in Kansas for inner-city families that do not tip.

Given that the Lady is currently marking expository essays that find some of her students arguing Rodney King had it coming and the riots were completely out of line, and I furrow my brow at the continued clusterf*ck that is race relations in North America.

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