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Re: Racist Slang
Well said, Arun. The point here has nothing to do with political
correctness, but everything to do with normal courtesy and respect. I know
of no citizen of the United States who objects to being called an
"American." But to test out whether "Jap" is offensive and taken as a
pejorative term, ask a few folks of Japanese ancestry what they think of
being referred to as "Japs," or what they think of merchandise engineered
and/or manufactured in Japan being called "Jap _________."
Arun Rao wrote:
> Benjamin Weste Pearre wrote:
> > <vent>
> > > About a year and a half ago, the QList decided it would be
> > > better if contributors did not use racist slang terms such
> > > as "Jap."
> > Oh jeez. Calling Japanese "Japs" is much like calling citizens of the
> > United States of America "Americans".
> A closer analogy would be "Yanks", or "bl**y Yanks", as the
> Limeys might say. Or "Chinks".
> Point is, these are indeed derogatory (to greater or lesser
> degrees) appellations dating back (at least) to WWII. I cannot
> think of a statement in which "Jap" would be used with a
> *positive* connotation, unless it's in self-deprecatory
> humor. Indeed, in this thread, it has been used exclusively
> in criticism of Japanese engineering.
> Interpretation is everything: origin means little.
> Arun Rao
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