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

dave@wilton.net dave at WILTON.NET
Sun May 16 08:34:02 EDT 2021


Ghelderode's "Don Juan" was written in 1928, so if an earlier edition can be found it would significantly antedate this one, which was published 1955. But from the context, this one looks like a nonce coinage (plus it's in an play mostly written in French). So, it may be unconnected to later uses.
 
Ghelderode, Michel de. "Don Juan." Théâtre IV. Paris: Gallimard, 1955, 37. HathiTrust Digital Archive
 
"You son of a bitch !... You are the right son of the coconut and the crocodile !... You have the sugared candour of your mother and the voracious instinct of your father !... Why did they not make a bag of your beastly skin and why have they not stolen you with your bag !... Your n[——]r joy is that of an idiot and if your heart is of coconut give it to the monkeys !... Woo... Woo... to the coconut n[——]s !..."
 
(Elisions are mine)
 
 
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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),
> 
> ---
> 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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