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Shane Mahoney (e-mail
Sears would do
well to look at
Notre Dame`s mascot, the "Fighting Irish"
leprechaun who is every negative Irish stereotype
rolled into one. Co-opting the ethnic and
racial slurs of one`s
detractors and making them one`s own has a long history
“paleface” to "honky."
Both my parents went to the
referred to themselves and their white friends as
"haole", which is a considered by
many to be a
derogatory term used by resentful
Hawaiians and Asians.
I don`t mind being referred to as a
"mick" and I confess that I dance like a white
guy. Most people I know have referred to
themselves or other whites as "Anglos"
"gringos" at some point or other, without
any evidence of lost self-esteem afterward.
On the other hand, I really dislike it when people I
don`t know well catch themselves just before using the
"paddy wagon" and need an awkward moment to
think of an inoffensive substitute. This is just
politically correctness run absolutely amok. The
idea that I`d be offended is, well, offensive, if only
mildly and temporarily.
Let`s not lower ourselves to the sort of whining about
inconsequential slights that we dislike so much among
people who don`t seem to have anything better to do.
Suggestions to the contrary should go
right into the
"white trash" can.
Mahoney, a California native, is a retired engineer.