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    Question Racial slur?

    Hello,

    In the article "Don't Tase Me, Bro" Tops '07 memorable quote list,
    it says that Don Imus (radio host in America) lost his job due to a racial slur.

    Shock jock Don Imus comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team: "That's some nappy-headed hos there," was fourth.
    I understand 'ho' means 'whore', but I don't know 'nappy-headed'. I looked up the meaning of 'nappy' and it say on The Free Dictionary site:

    adj. nap·pi·er, nap·pi·est 1. Having a nap; fuzzy: a nappy carpet
    2. Often Offensive Tightly curled or coiled. Used of hair.
    Since black people have curly hair, is Don Imus' comment racial because this means he is calling the players 'black whores' or something like that?

    Thank you

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    Re: Racial slur?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    Hello,

    In the article "Don't Tase Me, Bro" Tops '07 memorable quote list,
    it says that Don Imus (radio host in America) lost his job due to a racial slur.
    Shock jock Don Imus comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team: "That's some nappy-headed hos there," was fourth.
    I understand 'ho' means 'whore', but I don't know 'nappy-headed'. I looked up the meaning of 'nappy' and it say on The Free Dictionary site:
    adj. nap·pi·er, nap·pi·est 1. Having a nap; fuzzy: a nappy carpet
    2. Often Offensive Tightly curled or coiled. Used of hair.
    Since black people have curly hair, is Don Imus' comment racial because this means he is calling the players 'black whores' or something like that?

    Thank you
    You've got that right. In addition to calling them whores, he made a negative comment about a common physical characteristic of black people.

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    Re: Racial slur?

    OK. Thank you riquecohen for your response. :)

    Why would he call them 'ho'? Perhaps he supports other team and vents his feelings for this team?
    Sometimes I read people being called 'lucky bastard'. There people don't seem to object being called a bastard.

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    Re: Racial slur?

    You need to ask Don Imus why he said it. We can't answer that. It is universally objectionable to be called a 'ho.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Racial slur?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    Sometimes I read people being called 'lucky bastard'. There people don't seem to object being called a bastard.
    This is an entirely different matter. The term is frequently used in jest among friends or to refer to someone who has had some luck. There is no reference to race, ethnicity or religion, the use of which is taboo in insults.

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    Re: Racial slur?

    Thank you riquecohen.

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