Ask a Mexican on Racial Epithets

These days, using the word "nigger" is considered so offensive that, in its place, we now use the term "n-word." Of course, never mind that blacks use it among themselves as a term of endearment, pero esa es una historia para un otro dia. Sin embargo, it raises a pregunta for me: Por que no one uses "b-word" for "beaner," "w-word" for "wetback," and "s-word" for "spick"?

While I don't advocate the use of any ethnic slur, I find it curious/interesting that similar "abbreviations" (like n-word) don't exist for those used to refer to Mexicans, and I'd like to know your take on this (of course, I'll admit that those "abbreviations" may exist, and I haven't heard about them yet).
PC, But Not a Pendejo

The three anti-Mexi slurs you used are so 1950s — the only people who use those words nowadays are old gabachos and Alabamans. No need to ameliorate those, anymore so than mick, dago, chink, Mohammedan, or squarehead. Besides, you forgot the most important abbreviated euphemism right now: the "i-word," for "illegal," when referring to undocumented people. A campaign run by the always chingón Applied Research Center (publishers of the even more chingón magazine Colorlines) is seeking that everyone stop using the term "illegal" outright or, at the least, resort to using the awkward "i-word" stand-in. The only people who use that term, unfortunately, are Aztlanistas of all ethnicities, while the "n-word" has become part of mainstream culture. (It's first appearance in the mainstream media, by the way, dates back to a 1987 St. Petersburg Time article, while the term seems to date back to PC pendejos in charge of HR relations for the government during the early 1980s).

What's the difference, then, between the public's reticent acceptance of using the n-word for "nigger" while completely ignoring the i-word campaign? Easy: One term has centuries of nasty history behind it involving slavery, race, lynching and all other sorts of nastiness, while illegal as a stand-in for "Mexican" only dates back to the 1950s — the earliest reference I could find to illegals being used as a noun to refer to undocumented Mexicans is a 1951 Los Angeles Times story quoting a government official about the Mexican waves then invading California. Before that, America actually cheered on "illegals" invading a sovereign land: The Jews who tried to illegally enter the British Mandate for Palestine before the establishment of Israel were called "illegals" by the press, and there was even a 1948 documentary called The Illegals based on the subject. Of course, that's ancient history for Americans, who've never like to be reminded of their double standards, especially when it involves Mexicans. Besides, America always needs ethnic slurs to toss around and make itself feel better — and while the era of "nigger" is largely over, the days of "illegal" are just beginning. Go us!

As a Korean-American daughter of an illegal-immigrant (Mexican) employer, I'm very curious as to know what Mexicans think of us. (I have a feeling that the answer is going to be less than shining.)
Hangul Heina

We have no real beef with Koreans, other than you stole our tacos.

Good Mexican of the week! The "Drop the I-Word" campaign, of course. The Mexican doesn't have a problem with using illegal —reappropriation, cabrones! — but I do support the ARC's campaign, because they're righteous broders who do good work. Visit droptheiword.com for more information.

 
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rtforbes40
rtforbes40

"blacks use it among themselves as a term of endearment".... Spoken like a true racist. One less reader here.

sidf_29
sidf_29

You want some racism? Well, it seems that the west has provided us with some of most ignoramous cultural standards that that have ever been created. Forgive me for my grammar skils because it comes from the most backward language in the world. It has been borrowed from every other language and I have no intention of trying to master it. That said, it is no wonder they feel so inferior that they lash out at other races. On a side note, African Americans are getting really bad about social graces and demeanor. It's like a 180 degree turn. They have become rude and show no reasoning skills(common sense). Acting just like the westerners who brought them here. I am an outsider watching all of this nonsense. Even this statement is judgemental. Everyone needs to stop or just go back to their ancestral origins and leave this place back to us!!! -Wagonburner(endearing term I have been called among others.)

Truthsayer
Truthsayer

If any ethnic groups wants to extinct a word from the American dialect they must first extinct the word from their own. Blacks simply don't want to extinct he word "nigger" from their lexicon because it gives them power in the political realm--as with Mexicans being called a spic, wetback or beaner gives them something to jump on a soap box--or lettuce box and decry the racism in the USA. I for one challenge anyone who refers to my ethnicity and at least call them out when they use racist terms to describe me--as well, I do not use racial epitaphs within my ethnic group--it demeans my race. It is like a homosexual referring to themself as a "queer". You describe yourself as such, you are reaffirming that ideation in the mind of others. The truth be known--ethnic groups and gay groups don't want "equality" they want the controversy--with controversy comes attentions, which brings political power to intimidate and bilk others for: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Stuart Pitt
Stuart Pitt

Gustavo...If ya wanna instill the "I-word" phrase ya need to get the brown equivalent of Al Sharpton. Y'know...someone with no visible means of support or credibility who has nothing better to do than show up and instigate trouble nwhenever anyone says illegal. Hmmmm....wait....it's YOU!

the dude
the dude

Thanks Gustavo for another racially hypocritical post. Eres una putita.

Ronbarber
Ronbarber

What about the G-word? Gringos

Sesimo84
Sesimo84

A lot of blacks are now referring to a Hispanic man's mouth as a "Nigger Vagina". I find this really offensive. I know they are refering the large number of gay Hispanic males that frequent the glory holes in black ghetto areas, but they shouldn't refer to all Hispanic males that way.

Enviroherp
Enviroherp

To the dude - f you plan to use Spanish slurs, learn to use the right gender. Putita is feminine and from meeting Gustavo in person, I can assure you he is nothing of the kind.

Euro
Euro

I work with some nigros and a lot of paisas and I never hear nothin like what you just sayd I wonder why ?

Jose12
Jose12

It PISSES Me off too. I know that most Hispanic dudes will suck off a black, but I don't. So, don't call me that. It's just rude.

Scypher
Scypher

Yeah dont be rude get your facts straight,Jose12 will only suck off white men.

Euro
Euro

Lol good one. .

 
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