Is It What You Say Or How You Mean It That Matters?
We went for a little getaway to the lovely town of Chico over Easter break. Our family usually takes a little vacation at this time and we thought it would be nice to go and visit my husband's sister , so I invited us up for a visit. We had gone several years before and had a lovely time going to the farmer's market and enjoying Carol's wonderful cooking and hospitality. We got to watch our nephew transform a blob of cobalt blue glass into a custom bowl which he later gave to us. It's filled with bananas and looks just lovely in our kitchen.
On the way home, or sort of, we went to my mom's in Nipomo to visit and leave the princess to be pampered by her Nonny. We had another lovely visit and another lovely meal and got up the next morning to get ready to go home. The television was on and nearly every channel was broadcasting what seemed to be the same thing. Breaking news of some sort. I sat down with a cup of coffee to see what this big news was. I must be living in the dark ages as I was not familiar with who the heck Don Imus was, nor had I ever heard of Rutger's Girl's Basketball team. To my defense, I was familiar with the perjorative (like that 50¢ word?) terminology which caused such an uproar, thanks to the rap music I am forced to listen to in the car with the kids.
So all of this uproar because some has been and his crew made some "off color" comments about a girls' basketball team? Granted it wasn't nice, but we must consider the source. I am no fan of Don Imus, or Howard Stern, or Mark and Brian, or any of the radio shock jocks for that matter. I confess, I do like to listen to crazy Dr. Laura because she is so good at interrupting others but becomes irate and hangs up if one of her guests interrupts her. Oh the power she wields.
I am thankful that we live in a "free" country with the 1st Amendment guaranteeing us "Free Speech." We can wear what we like, say what we like, read and watch what we like, eat what we like, marry who we want - or can we? We live in a country where minors can go into any public library and view hard core pornography on the "free" computers and no one can say, "boo", but if a radio jock says something stupid and degrading, well then, he needs to be fired and receive a very public tongue lashing on EVERY NEWS station. Good Gawd!
I once heard a song on KROQ that was a spoof of Kevin Federline supposedly singing a song about Britney Spears. It was downright hostile, and I was shocked that they could play something like that on the air on a Saturday morning for all of the kiddies to hear! Of course I had to listen to it because it all rhymed, but I was shocked by it. Not that I am a Britney Spears fan, but I felt sorry for her being degraded like that. She doesn't seem to be doing all that well these days. Did the guy who wrote the song lose his job? Did Kevin and Bean get chastised for playing it? Was it their intent to degrade Britney Spears or rather to just procure a cheap chuckle at her expense? Was it all non newsworthy as all involved were white? How come Al Sharpton didn't intervene?
The thing that bothers me most about the Don Imus blunder is that he is getting all of the credit for saying the unsayable when he wasn't even the one who said it from the get go. Look at the transcript. I've included it above. It was Bernard McGuirk, the show's producer, who said, "Some hard-core hos." Imus just added, "nappy-headed" to McGuirk's language, almost as if he were simply trying to show that he was hip with rap lingo. And it was MGuirk again who said. "Jigaboo." Why aren't we seeing his ugly mug on TV and why hasn't he had to apologize? Well, it looks like he at least got fired too. But only after all of the sponsors pulled the plug from the show. And I had to look that up on a blog, so who knows if it is even true.
The bottom line is that anyone can say anything, but they may or may not get away with it. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to who gets away with being disrespectful and who gets penalized. I don't know that content matters more or less than context or fact bears more weight than reason. It seems to be more of what is selected to be spotlighted and who makes those decisions? No offense to Rutger's- they did not deserve to be referred to in that manner, but does anyone? (Well I can think of a few people...) We hear the words on the radio everyday, and that's okay, but if they are uttered out of context we better get out da big guns! Makes no sense to me whatsoever. And as if it wasn't bad enough that it was said on the radio, now EVERYONE knows as it was breaking news on TV and was plastered all over the internet, and made the front page. So, just in case anyone might have missed it, they can have many chances to review. I guess at the time, the pet food story was getting stale, and no one really wanted to think about what's going on in Iraq.
I just wish the Don Imus blunder was still the main story. I don't feel qualified to comment on the story that recently topped it. It's too terrible for my little pea brain. I'd just like to hear some good news at this point like "WORLD PEACE IMMINENT" , "CANCER AND AIDS CURES FOUND". I'll just leave it at that. I don't even know what my point is anymore..... Thank God I am not being graded on this!
"downy," 1499, from nap (n.). Meaning "fuzzy, kinky," used in colloquial or derogatory ref. to the hair of black people, is from 1950.
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insulting name for "a black person," 1909, perhaps from jig (q.v.), which had been applied insultingly to persons since late 18c., and ending from bugaboo.
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ho 2 Pronunciation Key
n. pl. hos
Slang A prostitute.
[African American Vernacular English, alteration of whore.]
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Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.
Life is sexually transmitted.
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The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
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1) NUDITY (Read it anyway)
I was driving with my three young children one warm
When a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood
up and waved. She
Was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I
heard my 5-year-old
shout from the back seat, "Mom, that lady isn't
wearing a seat belt!"
On the first day of school, a first-grader handed
his teacher a note
From his mother. The note read, "The opinions
expressed by this
Child are not necessarily those of his parents."
A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of
the jar. During
her struggle the phone rang so she asked her
4-year-old daughter to
answer the phone. "Mommy can't come to the phone to
talk to you right now.
She's hitting the bottle."
4) MORE NUDITY (Not what you might think)
A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself
in the women's
Locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst
into shrieks, with
Ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The
little boy watched
in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter,
haven't you ever seen
a little boy before?"
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While taking a routine vandalism report at an
elementary school, I
Was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old.
Looking up and
down at my uniform, she asked, "Are you a cop?"
"Yes," I answered and continued writing the report.
"My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask
the police. Is
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toward me, "would
you please tie my shoe?"
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police van in front of
the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9
partner, Jake, was
barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me
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back of the van.
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While working for an organization that delivers
lunches to elderly
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Rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the
various appliances of old age,
Particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs.
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glass. As I braced
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merely turned and
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DON IMUS: So, I watched the basketball game last night between - a
little bit of Rutgers and Tennessee, the women's final.
SID ROSENBERG: Yeah, Tennessee won last night - seventh championship for [Tennessee coach] Pat Summitt, I-Man. They beat Rutgers by 13 points.
IMUS: That's some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos and -
BERNARD McGUIRK: Some hard-core hos.
IMUS: That's some nappy-headed hos there. I'm gonna tell you that now, man, that's some - woo. And the girls from Tennessee, they all look cute, you know, so, like - kinda like - I don't know.
McGUIRK: A Spike Lee thing.
McGUIRK: The Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes - that movie that he had.
IMUS: Yeah, it was a tough -
CHARLES McCORD: Do The Right Thing.
McGUIRK: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
IMUS: I don't know if I'd have wanted to beat Rutgers or not, but they did, right?
ROSENBERG: It was a tough watch. The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the Toronto Raptors.
(Southern California) a term for blacks, comes from the Los Angeles Police Department code for "Suspicious Person".
(Middle Eastern Countries) This term, literally "slave" in Arabic, is used as a slur against Blacks and persons of mixed African descent. Usage is consistent with the Arab institution of black slavery that lasted from approximately 900 to 1962.   
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(U.S.) a black person.
(U.S. Blacks) whites, also a derogatory term for light skinned blacks used by darker skinned blacks.
(U.S.) also "Gator Bait." A black person, especially a black child. More commonly used in states where alligators are found particularly Florida. First used in the early 1900s, although some hypothesize the term originated in the late 1800s.
A white woman to a black person or a black woman who acts too much like a white one. While Miss Ann, also just plain Ann, is a derisive reference to the white woman, by extension it is applied to any black woman who puts on airs and tries to act like Miss Ann.
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(U.S) a Black person; slaves were mostly used for farming.
(U.S.) a black person.
Aunt Jemima / Aunt Jane / Aunt Mary / Aunt Sally / Aunt Thomasina
(U.S. Blacks) a black woman who "kisses up" to whites, a "sellout", female counterpart of Uncle Tom.
a black person.
b. (U.S. black) a young, brown-skinned person 1940s1950s
(U.S.) a Black person. Now typically considered a slur, it was more acceptable in the past. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, for example, continues to use its full name unapologetically. Some black Americans have reclaimed this word and softened it, in the expression "a person of color".
(South Africa) a community of mixed origin, including Khoikhoi and Asian slaves, not derogatory but the normal term for this community
(UK Commonwealth) a black person (while not usually intended to be offensive, the term is not regarded as acceptable by many black people)
(AUS, U.S. & U.K) a black person. Possibly from Portuguese barracoos, a building constructed to hold slaves for sale (1837).
a black person, spec. a black woman.
Darkie or darky
(U.S. and elsewhere) a derogatory term for a black person; also a racist, iconic caricature with inky-black skin, googly eyes and exaggerated red, pink or white lips; a celebrated example of its use was in a popular song of 1928 entitled "Mississippi Mud," performed by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and sung by the "Rhythm Boys," whose members included Bing Crosby and Johnny Mercer. See also Blackface.
a black person.
(UK Commonwealth) a dark-skinned person, after Florence Kate Upton's children's book character
Jigaboo, jiggabo, jijjiboo, zigabo, jig, jigg, jiggy, jigga
(U.S. & UK) a black person (JB) with stereotypical black features (dark skin, wide nose, etc.).
(U.S.) a black person; also the name for the segregation laws prevalent in much of the United States until the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
(South Africa) a black person
Kaffir, kaffer, kaffir, kafir, kaffre
(South Africa) a. a black person. Very offensive. Usage: Kaffir Boy was a famous autobiographical book by Mark Mathabane about his childhood in South Africa. (The South African Consul General in Lethal Weapon 2 calls Danny Glover a kaffir and Mel Gibson a 'kaffir lover'.) b. also caffer or caffre: a non-Muslim. c. a member of a people inhabiting the Hindu Kush mountains of north-east Afghanistan. Origin is from the Arab word kafir meaning 'infidel' used in the early Arab trading posts in Africa. The term passed into modern usage through the British, who used the term to refer to the mixed groupings of people displaced by Shaka when he organized the Zulu nation. These groups (consisting of Mzilikaze, Matiwani, Mantatisi, Flingoe, Hottentot, and Xhosa peoples inhabited the region from the Cape of Good Hope to the Limpopo river) fought the British in the Kaffir Wars 18461848, 18501852, and 18771878.) See also Kaffir (Historical usage in southern Africa)
Epithet used to describe a Negro (originally) or a person of North-African origin (more recently). Came to public attention in 2006 when U.S. Senator George Allen infamously (and ignorantly) used it to describe a person of Indian descent. 
(Belgium & the Netherlands) a Moroccan; derived from macaque. Also macaca, in reference to North or Subsaharan Africans, originally used by French and Belgian colonialists.
Mammy or Mammy Woman
(U.S.) an unflattering term for a mature black woman usually subservient (term popularized by Al Jolson in song and film), a pop culture example is Hattie McDaniel's character in Gone with the Wind for which she won the Academy Award
Moke / moak / moke
(U.S.) a black person
(U.S.) a person of mixed ethnic heritage.
(UK) a black person.
a black person.
(among whites in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia) a black person from muntu, the singular of Bantu
(U.S.) a light-skinned person with one white and one black parent
Offensive term used to describe Indians
(UK & U.S.) a black person.
Nigger / Niger / nigor / nigra / nigre (Caribbean) / nigar / niggor / niggur / nigga / niggah / niggar / nigguh/ nuh/ naggar (Brazil nego/ negão/ negalháda)
(U.S., UK) a black person. Can also generally be used toward anyone with brown or darker skin, such as an Indian. From the word negro which means the color black in numerous languages. Diminutive appellations include "Nigg", "Nigz" and "Groid". The terms "Nigga" and "Niggaz" (plural) are frequently used between African-Americans and between whites without the negative associations of "Nigger."
(U.S. Military) obsolete: a type of large cannonball [first used in the 1870s]
1.)an isolated coral head: these are often a navigation hazard in coral reef areas. Also called a bommie. 2.) a species of tobacco plant (appears in Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn").
(UK) Similar to the U.S. version but without the combination with piglet, refers to a baby or child "Nigger".
Nigra / negra / niggra / nigrah / nigruh
(U.S.) offensive for a black person [first used in the early 1900s]
(North American) a term used to describe an African American who acts white. Derived from the popular cookie, the Oreo, which is dark on the outside and has a creamy white filling on the inside.
a very lazy black person, as referenced in Clerks II.
a black person.
a black person.
(U.S.) a derogatory term for an African American, Black, or sometimes a South Asian person.
Smoked Irish / smoked Irishman
(U.S.) 19th century term for Blacks (intended to insult both Blacks and Irish).
a black person [originated in the U.S. in the 1950s]
(U.S. whites) a black person (used in the movies Taxi Driver and Back to the Future; its ambiguity another meaning being "a specter" is an essential part of the plot of Philip Roth's novel The Human Stain)
(UK; U.S.; and N.Z.) a black child. See Tar baby.
(British) A black person. [1800s]
a black person.
(U.S. minorities) term for an African-American, Latino, or Asian who panders to white people; a "sellout" (taken from Harriet Beecher Stowe's " Uncle Tom's Cabin".)
(U.S.) an often self-referential or affectionate term applied those with parents of mixed race, specifically black and white. The term was further popularized by the 1992 film Zebrahead
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