On the Subject of Racism.

George A. Yesthal

Let me preface this by saying I enjoy a good ethnic joke as much as anyone. Maybe more than most. But it’s the cleverness of the humor that I appreciate rather than any intent to slander. Some jokes are simply funny regardless of whom they target.

I’m of pure Norwegian decent and I remember hearing words growing up like kike, spic, polack, mick, kraut, guinea and so on. I remember coming home and complaining to my dad that all these other ethnic groups had racial slurs and we poor Norwegians were left out in the ethnic cold so to speak. “Oh, don’t feel too bad, kiddo”, he said. “We’re squareheads”. I felt so much better. Even tried to promote it. It never caught on though and to this day I think the only ones who are familiar with the term are other squareheads. Oh well… That being said…

NIGGER

The single-most filthy and degrading word in the English language as far as I am concerned. It condemns a whole race of people in one slashing blow that is often hurled with such off-handed ease as to make it’s meaning all that much more pernicious and foul. I mean, when I was growing up my elders were no more racist than the average Joe and yet it was nothing to hear “Eenie meenie minie moe. Catch a N…” You know the rest. How many times in your life have you heard such an innocuous thing as a Brazil nut called a “nigger toe”?

Here’s the Irony; there ARE niggers in the world and although I think of the word as a curse I still, on RARE occasions, use it. Yeah I cuss a lot and have on more than a few occasions been accused of pottymouthism. But when I use this word it in no way is supposed to indicate an ethnicity. Rather I use it as a slam of someone’s or some group’s flaw of character. The Ku Klux Klan and/or Skinheads for example. Yes, those of that ilk are NIGGERS. Nigger Nigger Nigger! Stupid motherfucking ignorant mouth-breathing bottom-feeding, trailer-trash sister-banging, mindless nincompoops. Niggers all.

On the positive side though; it’s easy to get a handle on and divorce ourselves from these self illuminating ignoramuses. As soon as they open their mouths “WRETCH!” they spew forth a soup of ignorance that makes them easy to spot and subsequently avoid.

That’s all I have to say about that.

Anyway, a spic a mick and a whop walk into a bar…

On the Subject of Racism.

George Yesthal

Brodheadsville, United States

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