[Ads-l] New ethnic slur for Pacific Islanders et sim.?

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 15 14:51:32 EDT 2021


Un soir de pitié. Don Juan. Le club des menteurs. Les viellards. marie la misérable. Masques ostendais
By Michel de Ghelderode · 1950

appears to have the term “coconut nigger” but it’s a snippet. I haven’t confirmed any of it.

Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
Formerly of Seattle, WA

> On 15 May 2021, at 11:19, James Eric Lawson <jel at NVENTURE.COM> wrote:
> 
> In the _Honolulu Star-Bulletin_, Honolulu, Hawaii of 13 Nov 2002, p 43
> col 5, the "Reel News" feature installment titled "New film gives Oahu a
> bounce", by Tim Ryan, he observes regarding the filming of the 2004
> (issued) remake of _The Big Bounce_ (from a novel of the same name by
> Elmore Leonard),
> 
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> And in the category of firsts, Hawaiian activists are called "menehune
> huggers" and Hawaiians "coconut niggers."
> ---
> 
> I didn't find the phrase in the 1983 printing of Leonard's novel.
> 
> On 5/15/21 12:46 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> Seen in the comments on Reddit.com:
>> “Are you Mexican?”
>> He replied, “No, I’m Hawaiian,”
>> at which point [the questioner] came back with,
>> “Ohhhhh, you’re one of them _coconut niggers_!”
>> 
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> James Eric Lawson
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