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01/30/2008 01:17 AM ID: 68075 Permalink   

"Canadian" - A Racial Slur

 

"Canuck" a term once used by southern racists as an insult to dark skinned French Canadians, has completely lost any racial overtones in Canada, where it is used as a term of endearment. It has however found new meaning in the southern U.S.

"Canuck" has been replaced by "Canadian", as a racial slur. A Texas district attorney, Mike Trent, recently got into trouble for his use of the term in an email to a junior prosecutor. He used the term to refer to blacks on a jury.

"Canadian" is now being used to replace the racial epithets for black people.

 
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  26 Comments
  
  I call  
 
bullshit on this one. Unless this "lawyer" guy cheated on every frickin bar examine known to man, and somehow his ingnorence got the better of him. Still sounds a bit whacked. You say "Canadian" and I think of a really nice person that wears sandals with socks. I'm almost positive that the US doesn't hate canadian's nor would we use the term "canadian" to describe a black guy. Just doesn't sound legit to me.
 
  by: meshuggahfan   01/30/2008 01:27 AM     
  The Job of Criminal Lawyers  
 
Everytime people use a word or point to someone from a race they get reprimanded. It is only natural that the people who need to use the word, evolve their vocabulary.

If the lawyer job is to cater to the opinion of 12 people, then it is his responsibility to learn about the local stereotypes as most of the opinions he will face, will be biased according to their stereotypes.

Would you want a lawyer to represent your criminal case who does not know the stereotypes of the jury that will judge you?
 
  by: kmazzawi     01/30/2008 01:51 AM     
  No Way  
 
Canadians are the best people in the world.Any american, black or white, would be proud to be called Canadian. I would like to move there but they will not let me. They have standards.
 
  by: IWMCB   01/30/2008 01:53 AM     
  Funny- ha ha  
 
Recently insulted Canada because they took america/israel off of some or other 'torture list'. Honestly, sometimes I think Canadians will never quite get used to living next to an 800lb gorilla. Just stay like you are guys. Canada is the best. And keep those bananas comin'.
 
  by: IWMCB   01/30/2008 02:08 AM     
  Uh.  
 
So what do we call a black Canadi-uh...
 
  by: Kolman   01/30/2008 03:33 AM     
  Eh!?!  
 
(hands IWMCB a banana)
As a Canadian I've never heard of the word Canuck being used in a negative way, in fact we had a hockey team called the Vancouver Canucks.. I don't think there were any ...ummm .. dark skinned French Canadians on it!?!
I don't wear sandals with socks either.
And thanks for the positive comments on my homeland, we never cease to feel proud when we get a little praise. :)
We love you all and try to do what we can in the global arena.
 
  by: GreyHawk   01/30/2008 04:06 AM     
  Yeah  
 
It sounds more like a code word than an epithet. If you're trying to avoid a charge of racial profiling, for example, you might do something like this.

And all the Canadians I've ever met are great.
 
  by: l´anglais     01/30/2008 04:27 AM     
  The Canadians  
 
have given us so much. For example the Terrance and Phillip Show and Rush. I love them and would associate with them at any time.
 
  by: John E Angel     01/30/2008 05:01 AM     
  @kohl  
 
isnt it obvious?

Canadigger

them stupids canucks!
 
  by: groomsy     01/30/2008 05:28 AM     
  @John E Angel  
 
I love Rush! I seen them in concert 5 times!!!!Terrance and Phillip I love their short movie,,, Not Without My Anus.
 
  by: thedrewman   01/30/2008 06:28 AM     
  Lawyer = scum  
 
I personally it more of an insult to be called a lawyer.

Lawyer = parasite who lives off the misery & misfortunes of others.

Plus Canada can never apologise enough for Celine Dion.
 
  by: acrux   01/30/2008 07:22 AM     
  @crux  
 
Forget about Celine, I'm still waiting for the apology, for Alanis Morissette ;)
 
  by: sparky_fox   01/30/2008 01:36 PM     
  @acrux  
 
fair enough. i wish there was something us canadians could do to make up for celine dion. but i dont think there ever will.

But I am glad she spends most of her time down in Las Vegas. haha suckers :P
 
  by: calculon   01/30/2008 03:19 PM     
  I am  
 
Canadian, proud and NO I do not wear sandals with socks.

I reside in Montrealfashion capital of North America. from Chabannel in ST Laurent, we ship all over North America.

Halle Berry, decided, she would rather have a Canadian-EH, than what she had before.

What we can do with Celine (Mon petit quitén) If George BUrns was still alive, I would like to see him duke it out with Réné Angélil in Vegas...
 
  by: isuzu     01/30/2008 03:49 PM     
  canadian is a slr  
 
I live in the St. Louis Mo. area and yes, some call blacks here Canadians because it's not well know and we can get away from it. it has been done for some time now (more then 3 years).
 
  by: keronford   01/30/2008 11:28 PM     
  @  
 
This just makes "Canadian" even more useful and versatile. Perhaps closing in on "f***".
Did you know, Americans in the middle east call themselves "Canadian" to avoid getting shot all the time? Truely a life saver.
 
  by: silentrage   01/31/2008 12:41 AM     
  Well, whatever,  
 
but I don't get it. I mean, if you don't like Canadians, then use "Canadian" as a slur, sure. But
calling black people "Canadians" as some kind of insult? It's just kind of dumb...

(Full disclosure - I am a Canuck. ;) )
 
  by: Mister crank     01/31/2008 02:39 AM     
  PS  
 
But I don't wear socks & sandals. My feet would get too cold from the snow. I've
got a nice pair of Sorels.
 
  by: Mister crank     01/31/2008 02:41 AM     
  What?  
 
I almost pissed my self reading this.
This should get the "funniest" story every award.
 
  by: archeon   01/31/2008 04:17 PM     
  We already made up for Celine  
 
shes called Shania Twain

:D!
 
  by: hl2k   01/31/2008 07:57 PM     
  Has it taken this long?  
 
I've been working in the restaurant industry for years and this has been an unofficially universal term for blacks at every restaurant you could have visited in North Texas...
 
  by: coldicezero     02/01/2008 02:05 AM     
  So  
 
now we have to add the c-word to the n-word. What next, we won't able to call women b*tches anymore?

When will people grow up and stop crying about everything?
 
  by: ElZorro   02/01/2008 08:52 PM     
  is it just me?  
 
is it just me or does this make no sense? i have never thought of calling anyone, besides a true canadian, a canadian. why would someone call a black person a canadian to insult them anyways? i'm from the south but i've never heard them called that. this just sounds dumb to me.
 
  by: AliciaMae   02/02/2008 05:51 PM     
  "Canuck" a term once used by southern racists as a  
 
Eh, "Canadian" and "Canuck" are derogatory terms?

That's news to me, and I've lived in Dixie all my life. If they're ever called anything, it's usually "snow birds", but that term applies to anyone from up north, Yankees and Canadians alike. The only people I've ever heard complain about them are waitresses who say they're cheap because they don't tip.
 
  by: Soylent Sauce     02/03/2008 07:29 PM     
  my opinion on the origin of this  
 
I think the lawyer is using it as 'wildcard' in terms of his emails should be read 'insert race hear' but uses canadian because they dont get offended (at least not enough to sue or something)

and I think 'Canuck' refers to the natives of French polyinesea (pacific islands) and I belivwe they were taken places like canada as slaves or labourers. I have had Friends from New Calidonia refer to themselves as canucks when talking about their traditional lives.
 
  by: veya_victaous     02/03/2008 09:14 PM     
  Hey Folks Get a Grip  
 
This is Texas.
 
  by: ichi     02/14/2008 07:06 PM     
 
 
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