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Canadian is the new N- word

octo

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in other news...americans still = jerks

Is term 'Canadian' used as racist word?

Email lands Texas district attorney in hot water

Jan 26, 2008 04:30 AM
Brett Popplewell
Staff Reporter

Is "Canadian" the new black? Perhaps – that is if you're a racist speaking in code.

Recent revelations that the term "Canadian" is being used to replace racist names for black people have got a Texas assistant district attorney into trouble and have left others wondering what exactly it means to be labelled a Canadian in the American south.

Long derogated as weak-kneed liberals with lax laws and funny monopoly money, Canadians have carried a negative connotation in certain regions of America – but not as a replacement for the N-word.

Earlier this week a columnist with the Houston Chronicle uncovered an email from Harris County assistant district attorney Mike Trent who, in a congratulatory note to a junior prosecutor, used the word "Canadians" to describe blacks on a jury.

Trent wrote of the prosecutor in a 2003 email: "He overcame a subversively good defence by Matt Hennessey that had some Canadians on the jury feeling sorry for the defendant and forced them to do the right thing."

Trent's email remained unchallenged by colleagues who received the email, despite there being no actual Canadians on the jury.

But when Trent's office came under scrutiny this month over an unrelated incident, the email was unearthed, leaving Trent open to accusations of bigotry.

Those accusations are grounded in allegations that the use of "Canadians" was in keeping with the definition listed on an online racial slurs database that defines "Canadian" as a masked replacement for the N-word.

In his own defence, Trent said he honestly thought there had been Canadians on the jury and did not understand the negative connotation of the word.

Others, including the columnist with the Houston Chronicle initially thought the reference to Canadians may have been a misspelling of Californians, who are themselves seen to espouse many of the same liberal values as Canadians.

Despite the controversy, Henry Wells, a Texan and media relations officer with the Canadian Consulate General in Dallas, says he has never heard the term used in a racial manner before.
 

Funzo

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We'll take it back by saying "Canadiens". Then anytime someone says "Canadian(s)" in the media, we can lash out at them!
 

quantumdj

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....with lax laws.......
There's some ignorance right there. I think we are over-regulated, with too much discretion in the hands of the bureaucracy. We're following the UK in becoming an nanny-state, and an american says we have lax laws?
 

green_souljah

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quantumdj said:
There's some ignorance right there. I think we are over-regulated, with too much discretion in the hands of the bureaucracy. We're following the UK in becoming an nanny-state, and an american says we have lax laws?
Compared to the right wing, anti everything ways down there sure we would have "lax laws" in their eyes.

What happens to us if we smoke a joint while downloading Metallica? It would make Hank Hill cringe.
 

sheik rock

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I have heard a similar story from the American south, except it was "Germans" and I think it was army guys talking about blacks in the army.
 
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