Perspectives on Race

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Racist Words You Use Every Day

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I found this interesting article that discusses how people often use words with racist origins without realizing it. For instance, the word “hooligan” sounds innocent enough, but at one point meant “A filthy, drunken Irish bastard”. Or take another example: “Vandal” once meant “one who is a filthy, heathen, German swine”.

Here is the website where you can find more common racist words used every day:

It seems that along the way, we actually lost perspective as to where many word originated, and these words became part of our daily vocabulary, even though they were once racist slurs.

How do you think once-racist words became part of our daily vocabulary?


Written by icet0696

September 10, 2009 at 1:40 am

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  1. I think once racists words become part of the daily vocabulary when they are taken out of context after years of acceptance by the group they are referring to. This can be seen with racial epithets directed at African Americans and the common use of the “n-word” in movies and music.


    September 10, 2009 at 4:38 am

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