Wednesday, July 09, 2008

You must be niggardly with the words you choose

Have you ever heard of the infamous incident that occurred during a Washington D.C. city council meeting where a white aide to the mayor used the term "niggardly" to describe how the city needed to be toward its budget? Niggardly comes from a Scandinavian word for stingy and has nothing to do with the word "nigger", any more than Shiitake mushrooms have to do with excrement. Nevertheless, you can imagine the knee-jerk reaction of the ignorant saps in the meeting - including the Mayor, who fired the aide - after hearing him use the word "niggardly."

A similar incident has happened in a city council meeting; this time in Dallas. A white council member referred to a part of the city's budget as a "black hole" because of the waste of money going on. Two other members - both black - took offense at the use of this word. You can read about the specifics of the incident at the linked article.

One of the commentors at the end of the article perfectly pointed out the absurdity of the black members' reactions by asking if he should be offended if someone refers to a blizzard as a "whiteout."

As long as these racial chips are carried around on so many shoulders, race relations will continue to suck in these united States.

Good Day to You, Sir

5 comments:

Don, American said...

Ain't political correctness great?

nebraska girl said...

I wonder if those complainers will see what a joke they've made of themselves.

The Vegas Art Guy said...

Wow that is truly sad.

Texas Truth said...

It is amazing when supposedly intelligent people do not know the meanings of common words. No wonder some think we have a race-relations problem in the USA. It is usually the offended race that makes an issue of it.

Darren said...

I like the "whiteout" retort--definitely going into storage somewhere in my gray matter.