New racist etymology

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 14 12:04:04 UTC 2013

WB: Circa 1972, Ft MacArthur, our battalion CO apologized to the troops for
using the words _black_{buck_sergeant_} (not _black_buck_{sergeant}).  He
had been referring to an African American sergeant E-5. But being a **buck
sergeant** was okay (and macho sounding) still around 1985, in my
experience. What about now?

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