by Nide Zimemo Stannard
I hope that people will finally come to realize that there is only one ‘race’ – the human race – and that we are all members of it. – Margaret Atwood
Why have I not done a Google search on racial slurs before? By a simple search and click here on the internet I came across an incredible list of racial slurs from around the world. A few hours later, my mouth still wide open, I was thoroughly informed on the history and the origination of racial slurs from different cultures globally. I learned about the atrocities and inhumane injustices endured by Aboriginal Australians, Pacific Islanders and other different cultures. If we were all proficient in our racial slurs, we would be less sensitive and hurt when someone hollers them at us. This post is by no means to encourage you to go around calling people by racial slurs, instead, it is to inspire you to learn the history of other cultures and the diverse ethnicities so that when someone thinks they can spoil your day by calling you a racial slur, you can instantly empower yourself by reaching down to your left back pocket and pulling out a magnificent racial slur rebuttal ‘OR’ use that opportune moment to educate that fool! At least you have a choice. Example:
In the early 2000’s I lived in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts USA. I worked at a near-by hospital that was perfectly positioned to face the water front. The distance from where I lived and where I worked was a half-mile walk and the route was breathtakingly picturesque. When I was not riding my bike to work, I would walk it. I loved inhaling the ocean air and sucking in the scenery with boats and yarts docked, lovers strolling hand-in-hand, and the clear summer skies. One afternoon, a car packed with a bunch of teenage white boys approached me as I was walking to work.The passenger riding shotgun unexpectedly stuck his head out the window of the moving vehicle and screamed loud at me “N I G G E R!” Of course this took me by surprise and I immediately got angry so I yelled right back “It’s K A F F I R!” Do you realize the frustration of a misplaced racial slur? I find it infuriating because 1) I am African, I am labeled and called a bunch of racial slurs in Africa already and 2) This little fucker did not stick around to hear my impressive vocabulary on racial slurs. What that white boy screamed at me did not crush my sense at all, instead I wished I could find him and educate him on his obviously unaware pertinent racial history he too has inherited from another group,yes white-on-white hate exists too. We all have a history; Italians, Asians, Africans, Scottish, the whole lot of us.
Once you read about your own racial heritage, turn the page over and learn about another culture and what they have historically endured as a people. This will give you a clear perspective on how fucked each and every ‘race’ has been historically and how some still currently endure racial hate, racial unfairness and racial injustices. YOUR ‘racial’ injustices do not trump those of other races. Without comparing the crimes imposed on each culture, it is fair to say that YOU are not the only one that can go around calling people godawful names…so can I you asshole. Let’s stop being easily offended by racial slurs.If someone slaps you with a racial slur, punch them right back with a racial slur that pertains and is specific to them and then walk away, like a BOSS. See, no violence needed. Know your history and your view of people and their cultural struggles will change the way you see them…maybe, one thing for certain, learn all the racial slurs you can and pull them out to that idiot who tries to show off in public at your expense.
Here is a list of some racial slurs that I found on the internet and some from friends of mine who shared racial slurs that they had heard of. As I read the list, it is easily noticeable that racial slurs are name calling. Some are a little silly and some are incredibly hateful:
niggers,boots,coons-BLACKS; beaner,wetbacks-MEXICANS; Wops-ITALIANS; cracker,honky-WHITES; spicks-PUERTO RICANS; kites-JEWS; kaffir-SOUTH AFRICAN BLACK; kreuts-GERMANS; red skins-AMERICAN INDIAN; chinks,chinaman-CHINESE; curry muncher-INDIANS from INDIA; kwere-kwere-NON-SOUTH AFRICAN AFRICAN; christ killer-JEWS; cholo/chola-MEXICANS; oreo cookie,darkie,tar baby, belly warmer-BLACKS; ching chong-CHINESE; hairyback-AFRIKANER; half breed-INDIAN mixed with WHITE; hillbilly-WHITES; jigaboo, jungle bunny-BLACKS; kimchi-KOREANS; klansman-WHITES; nigglet-BLACKS; miser-JEWS; ooga-booga-Aboriganese; paddy-IRISH; guinne-ITALIAN; mick-IRISH; hebre-JEWS; pickaninny-BLACKS; rednecks-WHITES; howlie-WHITES; chinky-eyed-CHINESE; yellow-ASIANS; zipperhead,charlie-VIETNAMESE; haji, sand nigger-ARABS; skinny-SOMALIANS(militia fighters); sooty, uncle tom-BLACKS; wigger,whitey-WHITES; Yid-WHITE JEWS
For an extended list, click on these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_slurs_by_ethnicity AND http://www.rsdb.org/