Thursday, December 29, 2005

Damn Crackers!

This is the best story...

Apparently, four white employees were fired from their jobs with the Philadelphia school district for "racial reasons". This may be hard to understand for those of you in other parts of the country, but Philly is a pay-to-play city wrought with nepotism and racism (or should I say reverse-racism?).

They sued the school district and won (now that's the surprise!) three million dollars.

The lead attorney for the Philadelphia school district (who remember is arguing against racism) proceeded to call the Caucasian jurors "crackers".

Personally I am not in the least offended by this term. Maybe because here in the Northeast we don't really hear it, so when we do it's more funny than anything else. Honky doesn't bother me either --mainly because I've never really understood what it means? We honk impatiently as pedestrians meander in front of our cars....? I guess I subscribe to the "sticks & stones" theory.

Anyway, I wish people would realize that quotas and such cause racism and don't solve it. I am glad to see Philly fighting back. People should get jobs because they deserve them --not for who their father is or what ship their grandparents came over on...

H/T: Liz

What does Honky mean? "Honky comes from bohunk and hunky, derogatory terms for Bohemian, Hungarian, and Polish immigrants that came into use around the turn of the century. According to Robert Hendrickson, author of the Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, black workers in Chicago meat-packing plants picked up the term from white workers and began applying it indiscriminately to all Caucasians. Probably thought they all looked alike."

"Your source for the origin of honky only gave you half the story. Another probable etymon for honky, cited by David Dalby in his "African Element in American English" (to be found in my Rappin' and Stylin' Out: Communication in Urban Black America) is the Wolof term honq, "red, pink," a term frequently used in to describe white men in African languages. --Tom Kochman, professor of communication, University of Illinois at Chicago." (source)

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