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simonp

Is my car a racist?!



Roadrunner

Stuntman

Naughty car!
Twelfth Monkey

Tut tut.  One of our dogs is, too...
PG



And I wonder if the news editor who thought "England whitewash Pakistanis" was a suitable headline is still in work?
Bob Sacamano

I used to be very friendly with a girl from Karachi in Pakistan and she was in the habit of using the word "Paki" as shorthand for Pakistani i.e:
"That's not the Paki way of doing things" or "We do this at a Paki wedding" etc. I used to visibly wince when she did this until I eventually said; "Look, Mehreen, you can't go round throwing the word Paki about like that, it has certain perjorative connotations in the UK. She looked at me like I was a bit mad and said; "It's just a shortening of the word, does that mean I can't refer to you as a Brit then?" I just said no, for some reason that was fine and I didn't have a problem with that. I did add that she might want to cut down on referring to me as a twat though, a word she picked up remarkably quickly.
BeN

Same with blacks and the N-word I suppose.
gooner

BeN wrote:
Same with blacks and the N-word I suppose.


I know gay men who refer to themselves as faggots or queers etc. taking the word back for yourself can often lessen the harm it does when used to attack you.
JohnC

I went to see an Asian shop owner about doing his accounts and I asked him why he was considering changing accountants. I nearly fell off my chair when he said that the current accountant has an office full of P***s who all look and sound as though they are just off the boat. He wanted someone he felt knew what they were doing!
simonp

I used to work with an Asian chap who often popped to the paki shop (his words) for cigarettes. I never did ask him if it was a defensive thing or if he was an Indian who didn't like his old neighbours much...

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