An unexpected occurrence of an ethnic slur

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Tue Jun 24 01:27:44 UTC 2008

Wilson Gray wrote:
> AFAIK, this is unique in black music. Well, there is the use of
> "monkey-man" for a West Indian. But this is the only case that I know
> of in which a slur against a white ethnic group occurs.

Hmm. Well, there's Sly and the Family Stone's "Don't Call Me Nigger,
Whitey", but in that case the use of the slurs was the whole point of the

Jim Parish

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