This actually made me laugh out loud.
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There’s a few things that have been bugging me lately. Mostly, the misunderstanding that words caused on a transit bus in Oakland, California, is shocking.
I’m sure you’ve seen the video by now… the black male taking offense at what a 67-year-old Vietnam veteran said, about having his “boy” spit-shine his shoes for his upcoming trip to a funeral, and talking about his “brother”.
As I understand it, the black male took the use of “boy” as a racially offensive derogatory term. (It was a custom, back in the day, for white southerners to refer to males of color as “boy”, to denigrate and diminish their status.) It’s not necessarily so, anymore; the vet could have been referring to his son, his nephew, or a young male who works for or with him. The dictionary definition of “boy” is merely that of…
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