Posted by: Kevin | January 29, 2008

Every Day in which you Learn Something…

…is a day not completely wasted.

So what I learned today is that Canadian is the new Nigger

A University of Kansas linguist said that a waitress friend reported that “fellow workers used to use a name for inner-city families that were known to not leave a tip: Canadians. ‘Hey, we have a table of Canadians…. They’re all yours.’ “

So what’s a racist to do now that the n-word is too radioactive to use?  Apparently, the only solution is to associate the minority you despise with our friendly neighbors to the north.  That way we can insult them too.

I cant recall any instances where I heard this used when I was waiting tables.  That was back in 2000-1, so it might not have caught on by then.  Of course, there was the guy I knew in college who talked about “damn Canadians” a lot.  This was back in the mid-90’s, just after NAFTA was passed, and there was a lot of chatter on the airwave about the Mexican hoards who would steal our jobs.  Damn Canadians become something of a running joke.  i.e. Never mind the Mexicans, what about those damn Canadians!  

My wife and I even adopted it as a “Blame Canada” type joke which we’ll have to shelf thanks to these assholes.  Now, I wonder if my friend was actually talking about Black people all along.  So Jim, if you’re out there, were you being racist or just ironic?


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