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From: Shane Mahoney (e-mail him)
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
Both my parents went to the
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 term "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.