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“Chink” is not the only word that can get you in trouble

Having a good vocabulary can be career-threatening: On January 15, 1999, David Howard, a white aide to Anthony A. Williams, the black mayor of Washington, D.C., used “niggardly” in reference to a budget. This apparently upset one of his black … Continue reading ?
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This year's "niggardly"

Religion / Christianity : Crunchy Con (6 years ago)

Remember the controversy a few years ago in which a white employee of the Washington, DC, city government used the word "niggardly" in a budget meeting (the word means "miserly"), and was fired after some black employees complained ... Read Post

Playing defence

Politics / US Politics : Democracy in America (10 months ago)

TO GET a sense of the racial sensitivity that pervades the District of Columbia consider this: a mayoral aide was once fired for using the word niggardly. He was later re-hired after the mayor's office consulted a dictionary. Even t... Read Post

Obama’s Big Race Speech

US Politics / Conservative : Patterico's Pontifications (6 years ago)

I’m listening to it now. Apparently he never heard Jeremiah Wright say a cross word about white people — you know, the same white people who (Wright thinks) deliberately gave black people AIDS. He is explaining about b... Read Post


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