Fordama wrote:Would it be appropriate to use dagos, wops, polacks, bucketheads, etc? Gooks, chinks, ragheads, slanteyes?
Your list cracked me up, Ford, and at the risk of offending everyone, some of the terms deserve further discussion.
1. I have no idea what a Buckethead is. However, if an NFL team used buckets as helmets instead of the current state-of-the-art models, the Los Angeles Bucketheads would be both appropriate and inoffensive. Were you perhaps thinking of Zipperhead, or Buddhahead, and just typed the wrong Head?
2. It's interesting that in Poland and Scandinavia the term Polak refers to a Polish male and is in no way offensive. The Warsaw Polaks would be a perfectly acceptable NFL addition. It's only in America that our own suffocating political correctness has determined that Polack is unacceptable.
3. The term Raghead is also confusing and ambiguous. At worst, it is only marginally offensive because it references an article of clothing rather than a national or ethnic feature. Second, it's degree of offensiveness is somewhat determined by who owns the franchise and where it is located. It could be argued that the Riyadh Ragheads or the Cairo Ragheads might be offensive, whereas the Al Qaeda Ragheads or Taliban Ragheads might be completely appropriate.