It’s a story about racists who’ve finally got the point that it’s unsavory to refer to blacks as “niggers” and have adopted a new, seemingly iodine vernacular. Calling blacks “Canadians.” Um … OK? They could have kept the “n” word if they weren’t so intent on saying it in print or with recording devices around. And I’m pretty sure racists still fling the term around at home and amongst friends. Canadians really doesn’t drive home the hatred, know-what-I-mean? It’s still rather appalling though, even unsettling to me, but given that it’s no longer acceptable to be openly racist this was bound to happen. Prejudice and bigotry don’t disappear just because the discussion has been taken off the table.
Has anyone ever heard this before? Gawker got it from an article that ran in the National Post on Thursday.
Quote the NP:
Stefan Dollinger, a postdoctoral fellow in linguistics at University of British Columbia and director of the university’s Canadian English lab, speculated that the slur reflects a sense of Canadians as the other.
“This ‘code’ word, is the replacement of a no-longer tolerated label for one outsider group, with, from the U.S. view, another outsider group: Canadians. It could have been terms for Mexicans, Latinos etc. but this would have been too obvious,” he said. “What’s left? Right, the guys to the north.”