Southern racists substitute the word “Canadian” for the N-word.

Bigots and racists in the American South have found a way to offend not just blacks, but Canadians in a single stroke. Because use of the word “nigger” has become so socially unacceptable they’ve started using the word “Canadian” as a kind of substitute or codeword:

Last August, a blogger in Cincinnati going by the name CincyBlurg reported that a black friend from the southeastern U.S. had recently discovered that she was being called a Canadian. “She told me a story of when she was working in a shop in the South and she overheard some of her customers complaining that they were always waited on by a Canadian at that place. She didn’t understand what they were talking about and assumed they must be talking about someone else,” the blogger wrote.

“After this happened several times with different patrons, she mentioned it to one of her co-workers. He told her that ‘Canadian’ was the new derogatory term that racist Southerners were using to describe persons they would have previously referred to [with the N-word.]”

A similar case in Kansas City was reported last year on a Listserv, or electronic mailing list, used by linguistics experts. A University of Kansas linguist said that a waitress friend reported that “fellow workers used to use a name for inner-city families that were known to not leave a tip: Canadians. ‘Hey, we have a table of Canadians…. They’re all yours.’ “

I suppose the only surprising thing is their choice of word, though the article mentions that the prevailing theory is that it’s a means of labeling blacks as outsiders that just sounds weird whereas calling them “Mexicans” or “Latinos” would have made the substitution rather obvious.

34 thoughts on “Southern racists substitute the word “Canadian” for the N-word.

  1. How silly. From the minds that brought us “Freedom Fries”…

    Oh well. Ignoring the derogatory term it substitutes; I’m pleased that it groups us with the likes of Sojourer Truth,  Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Louis Armstrong. Wouldn’t it be cool to be stuck in a broken elevator with the likes of them?

  2. I’m from Texas… That’s pretty South.

    I’ve never heard that term used before.

    To tell the truth, down here people are more racist towards Hispanics than towards blacks. All the names go to them.

  3. Maybe I’ve missed something, but I hang out with people of all ages – I have a teenage son, my SO is 20, and my friends are people my age to their 50s (generally).

    I’ve never heard this term used in public or private in either Texas (been here a few months) or southeast Georgia or northeast Florida (lived there for 17 years – and will be going back soon).

    Go figure. Sounds like it’s just starting, or maybe it’s made up.

  4. Maybe I’ve missed something, but I hang out with people of all ages – I have a teenage son, my SO is 20, and my friends are people my age to their 50s (generally).
    I’ve never heard this term used in public or private in either Texas (been here a few months) or southeast Georgia or northeast Florida (lived there for 17 years – and will be going back soon).
    Go figure. Sounds like it’s just starting, or maybe it’s made up.

    I was discussing this on another much larger message board where we determined that this was not just a “southern thing”. People have heard it in New York, California, Florida… ect.  I was kinda floored myself.  I have never heard it before this article but I suppose I might hear it more now that I know.

  5. There is no need to hide it either.

    Hat’s off to that. I don’t care if I agree with racism or not (which I am very decidedly against – also sexism and discrimination on sex orientation). I don’t care if they’re idiots or not.

    I can’t have any respect for people who don’t have the backbone to take a stand for themselves. The fact that these particulars smear Canada in the process is just icing on the cake. They can die alongside their flag and rifle like they deserve. Cowards.

  6. Canadian being used as a substitute for a racial slur?

    Perhaps thats why in so many parts of the world ‘American’ is a substitute for uneducated bigot.

    (Let the Trolling begin)

  7. This must be pretty new; I’ve lived in the South all my life and I’ve never heard this, although I don’t frequent the dens of crackers and/or white trash, except for the occasional wedding or funeral, of course.

    I have been called “pink” before, when I went into a Caribbean grocery/deli in Newark, NJ, sotto voce; all the conversation in the place stopped.  Pretty mild form of racism, but there really aren’t any good racist words for white people.  “Honky”?  Most would laugh.

  8. Must be a new use, if not simply fictional.  I’m sure the originator sees it as a fresh and witty piece of subterfuge. 

    I have heard of using “Canadian” as an insult without it being tied to a racial meaning-I think South Park pretty much started it.  The few times I’ve heard it used was as a replacement for stupid, retarded, or “gay” as the youth use that word now.  Usually used to refer to music or pop-culture items-“That song is so Canadian, like fucking Anne Murray Canadian!”
    Just more American pop-culture stupidity…practically the only thing we Americans are good at anymore.

  9. Wow, that’s news to me.  I live in Alaska and I’ve never herd Canadian as a replacement for a racial slur (although I do hear plenty racial slurs tossed around).  I have watched South Park and seen them use Canadian as a general rip on the country.

    Racism at it’s core is pure laziness.  If you really want to hate people go out and get to know them, because if you get to know anyone well enough you can easily find reasons to hate them for who they are instead of what they are.  //sarcasm

  10. Watch this video it will explain it all.

    As a neutral external observer the Canadians were always ahead of the Americans in human rights , democracy and racial equality so its obvious that the word Canadian would stand for all these aspects so it could be a replace for the n word or the f s r word (fucking stupid retard)

  11. Be that as it may, Neutral Observer, at least where I am (it’s very hard to make generalizations about Canada – geography and economy playing the largest pair role in that)… we’re sliding backwards faster each day. We’ve even adopted that whole left-right bullshit from the USA in recent years that I’d hoped we long discarded. I get people telling me about how politics is too complicated and having only two options would “make decisions so much easier – either you’re for or against something”…

    *sigh*… I’d think of moving to another country, but if I can’t make an effort to make this one better, why would they want me? I mean, is working a skilled job, then spending that money really enough?

  12. As a Black person, I fail to be offended.  I mean, it’s not like they’re saying German or something.  grin

    Flaming in 3, 2, 1….

    On a more serious note, I propose a counter strike.  Let’s start adopting Greenlander as the new code word for “racist fucktard”.

  13. Just so ya know, ladies and gents.. we’re going pretty far north with this. Santa will become a casualty if we keep at this. =)

  14. Uh, Greenlander, Jane?  Lots of Danes already think the Greenlanders are just stupid seal-eating skraels (nasty for Inuit).  And here where I live, in Austria, the Germans are not too popular either- they got “us” into WWII, after all, and now they’re clogging up our universities, ‘cause it’s cheaper here.

    Let’s face it: for any ethnic or national group, there’s someone who hates them.  It might well be that this kind of hatred comes natural to us, an extension of the distrust of strangers that helps keep tribes together.  But it can be unlearned, and must be unlearned, if we’re to keep our modern global village together.

    Racism, and nationalism, are the enemies of all of us.  Whatever our differences are, people are people.

    P.S.  Glad to hear you’re just kidding, Jane.

  15. Reminds me of one comedian who said he wasn’t going to do Irish jokes, as it was not really a nice thing to do to our neighbours, and then started a joke “There were these 2 eskimos, Paddy and Mick…”

  16. Hmmm… Some call themselves Eskimos, others Inuit, still others Yupik or Kalaallit.  Check out the wiki article on Eskimos for an instructive example of the difficulties of naming a people.

    In any case, LH, I suspect Ingolfson was being facetious.  Habe ich recht, O Sohn Ingolfs?

  17. chris rock said it best, ‘i love black people, but i hate niggers.’

    the same goes for rednecks, beaners, and whatever else you would like to call a specific ethnic group. i suppose some would call that racist, i however believe it is just a more specific term to use when referring to a large group of morons.

    i myself am half mexican and have come across more than one beaner in my time. on the other hand, i know of a much larger group of intelligent and well to-do mexicans.

    there is nothing wrong with being a certain sex, ethnicity or of a specific religion. i guess that is why i just call people asshats or fucktards, gets my point across a little bit clearer.

  18. I suspect Ingolfson was being facetious

    I know, I saw the joke- a pretend “PC high horse”. Me taking his mock seriousness mock serious was to bounce it back to him.  Unfortunately the weakness of the internet is that I can’t do my nasal ‘Train spotter’ impression when I say

    To call the Kalaallit in Greenlan, the Inuvialuit in Canada and the Inupiat, Yupiget, Yuplit and Alutiit in Alaska ‘Inuit’ is like calling all black people ‘Nigerians’, or all white people ‘German’

    ! See Zilch!

    The Yupik of south western Alaska and Siberia don’t even know what the word Inuit means.  As it happens Inuit means ‘The People’; Yupik goes one better: it means ‘real person’

    Also known as Inupiaq or Inuktuit it [Inuit language] has only three vowels and no adjectives…[if] Eskimos …need to count to more than twelve they have to do it in Danish

  19. I suspected you saw the joke, Hussar, but your nasal lost something in the translation into ASCII.  Hey, maybe that’s the solution: we could call racist fucktards “asskeys”.  Who would be offended by that, except for the honky nerd inventors of ASCII who are probably all dead already anyways?

  20. We didn’t invade France- the western third of it is ours, taken by the King of France.  I intend to sue the modern republique for receiving stolen goods.

  21. Bonne chance, Hussar.  Invite me over if you score a château- I’m rather fond of Brittany. LOL

  22. In any case, LH, I suspect Ingolfson was being facetious.  Habe ich recht, O Sohn Ingolfs?

    I was, Zilch. Maybe I should have called myself “The Big PC” for the post…

  23. I’m rather fond of Brittany.

    Sorry Zilch. Brittany is closed for psychiatric reasons.

  24. After I read all the main content and then the comments, I, as a person from SE Georgia, am a little more than miffed at the thought that the substitution of “Canadian” for the “N” word came and was used mostly by Southerners.  The first time I heard it, was from a gentleman from New York and he thought it was hilarious.  He submits that it started in New York.  I wasn’t amused.

  25. Never heard “Canadians” as euphemism for Blacks. “Democrats” and “Acorns”, however, are currently running neck and neck in the Deep South.

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