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Just call me cracker

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at 9:09 AM

Of all the changes and modernizations our society has seen in past years you would think we would eventually get past this whole "us and them" mentality. But, it's not happening.

There have been a number of movements over the years that just make me sick, but the move to make our speech politically correct has to be the worst.

Don't misunderstand me, it's not my goal to offend anyone and I usually don't. However, the words "they" (just who are they anyhow?) are trying to censor from our speech aren't that offensive.

We'll start with "hyphenated-Americanism". This one eats me up. Whether black, white, yellow or purple, most of us were born in America with at least two or three generations before us also born here (with the exception of "Mexican-Americans"). That technically makes you an American.

Not a Japanese-American, African-American or a Mexican American. Just a plain old, boring un-hyphenated American. Is that really so bad?

How about mailman? Now we have "postal carriers," but were you ever really offended by mailman or do you know one who is?

This is all just silly. Even handicapped is considered to be offensive now and that replaced "crippled"? Was that step not good enough so now they have to be called "physically challenged?" How long before we decide that's offensive, too?

I'm 5'4" and I'm not "vertically challenged." Just plain old short. Nothing more, nothing less.

Does this bother anyone else, or are you offended, too? Check this list out for fun.

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As a rythymically challenged person of substance whom may be fecally plenary, I am factually unencumbered and uniquely proficient to any genetic discrimination happening in the world.........

But I could be differently logical!

-- Posted by greer958 on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 3:08 PM
Corey Noles' response:
Did this take you as long to write as it did for me to translate? That must have taken some serious effort. I'm impressed.

It illustrates just how stupid our language could be 50 years down the road.

Oh, Corey!! That list is hilarious!! How ever did you find it??

I love the politically correct "Night Before Christmas"!

My other favorites are the correct term for a "drooling drunk idiot" -- "person on floor"...and "fat" -- "people of mass," but there are so many goodies that it's hard to choose!

We have certainly come to a fine "howdy do," when we can't open our mouths without the risk of offending SOMEone!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 4:59 PM
Corey Noles' response:
The same way I find find everything...Google. Technology can be a beautiful thing.

Cute title for this blog, too!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 4:59 PM

Right on, Corey! I'm English, German, Dutch, Scotch, Irish, and Welsh, and who knows whatelse! There's no such thing as race anyway- that's what America is all about. I don't mean to offend anybody either, but it's the liberals who keep propogating "us and them mentality". Of course you have the far right that actually practices it.

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 10:30 AM

Most Mexican-Americans whom I know can also trace their ancestory back a few generations as being American. Our son, John is getting married this Friday to a Mexican girl who doesn't even know much Spanish.

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 10:33 AM

I agree that political correctness has resulted in some pretty strange "new words." I'm vertically challenged? I'm horizontally challenged? Oh for goodness sake - I'm short and fat and I have no one to blame for it but myself (ok, the short is probably genetic). I'm not politically correct and I'm not a victim either.

As a geographer, I am reminded that we in the US are not technically the only "Americans". There are North Americans, Central Americans and South Americans. I've heard some of our neighbors to the south complaining that because we call ourselves "Americans" we think we're the only ones. That's their assumption, not ours. Once again, political correctness be hanged - I'm not going to call myself a US-ican or a US-American.

-- Posted by Ducky on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 12:33 PM

Consider maybe the term Native-American. "Native" cause they were already here, and "American" because the here in this case is America. By the same political correctness you can't possibly have African-Americans, but more appropriately "Imported-Africans". Which only goes to show the ignorance of political correctness. This brings you to the termination of mascots as SEMO recently did. They can't be "Indians" because that's offensive. Well it seems to me that a mascot is chosen as something that we consider to be nobel and hold to some great esteem. Thus, you have the Indians, the Braves, the Fighting Irish, etc. Maybe they could become the Butterflys, the O'possums, and the Sheep. But maybe the humanized animal population would become offended and mascots couldn't be animals. The Pansies, the Rose Buds, and the Easter Lilies. Maybe you can't use Easter... It doesn't end...

I can see the headline...

The East Texas Pixie Puffs powered their way to a second place finish (lost is too politically incorrect) while the Virginia Violets managed to escape the contest with only one additional field goal over the Puffs.

-- Posted by Carlin may be right on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 11:54 PM
Corey Noles' response:
The East Texas Pixie Puffs...I like that. The sad truth is it's where we're headed.

What I don't understand about the SEMO mascot situation is why they considered it offensive. In the case of a team, they wanting to show bravery, stamina and toughness. Is that such an insult? The name (or any other name for that matter) was never intended to offend anyone and anyone who is, in my opinion, is just looking to stir up trouble.

The people who get so tied up in knots over this whole PC revolution REALLY need a hobby.

BTW...Carlin's little talk is what sparked my interest in talking about this.

Thanks for your input

I've wondered if the authorities at Semo just wanted a better merchandizing opportunity for their mascot.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Aug 2, 2007, at 7:12 AM

Carlin often IS right. I love that man. He's so funny, but so astute as well. I love the Texas Pixie Puffs.

Maybe we should change to royal names... The South Harbor Kings, The West Side Baronettes, The East Texas Queens. Now there's a team big strapping guys would fight to join.

-- Posted by Ducky on Thu, Aug 2, 2007, at 12:44 PM

Well Mr. Cracker...don't you think that by being Just Plain Cracker you are offending all the poor Triskets, Sociables, Wheat Thins, Grahams and Saltines of the world? Are you pretenting to be better than all of us as a whole?

-- Posted by letseatcake633 on Fri, Aug 3, 2007, at 6:47 PM
Corey Noles' response:
I wouldn't want to offend the grahams, but as far as the others go...I don't care. Let em whine.

Another question...how could cracker be offensive? Or even Indian? Or Black?

I just don't understand. None of those words are offensive on their own accord? I wouldn't take offense to being called white, warrior or even chair! What's the big deal?

There really is no big deal. Some people like to have an excuse for being a victim. Some people just like to complain. A friend's grandfather used to say "some people would complain if you hung them with a new rope."

-- Posted by Ducky on Wed, Aug 8, 2007, at 1:28 PM

Yeah, or poisoined them with chocolate cake.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Thu, Aug 9, 2007, at 7:18 AM

Huh, huh, Le Truth! You're carrying your Minnie-Blog grudges over into poor, innocent Corey's blog!! We're talking about political correctness here -- not delightful culinary masterpieces created for an ungrateful blogger who flatly refuses to come to our birthday parties!!

The cake lady and I are highly offended!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Aug 9, 2007, at 9:41 PM

Only have your interest in mind Corey. Poor Minnie is supposedly on vacation at an unknown beach without internet connection and is unable to keep us informed of her daily enjoyment or I fear, cries for help. Where does such a place exist? Maybe close by on a densely wood covered hill where goats are a plenty. I fear for the continuance of your blog Corey. EAT NO CAKE, please and be careful of the sweet feminalism subliminal messages from the fairer gender. I have been sleepy for three days.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Thu, Aug 9, 2007, at 10:41 PM

I think the only offensive use of mascots has to be the Jackson Indians.

I never understood why a town that thought so highly of Andrew Jackson would use a mascot he supposedly despised. History really is written by the winners,and best I can remember, isn't he the president who took the Indians on the scenic route called Trail of Tears? Maybe a JHS grad can tell us why this happened,I know there is often more to the story.

As a proud Richland Rebel, I have heard how racially(?) insensitive our red & gray school colors are,with the southern gentleman as our mascot. He's a more hip version of Colonel Sanders, I think. We still have the confederate flag,but the really interesting fact is RHS was supposedly the first desegregated school district in Stoddard County in 1960 before desegregation was cool!

In fact, the mascot,flag,school name,and colors were picked out by the students at that time,with a black majority. I think it's why so many citizens get offended here about outsiders/newbies crying how "insensitive" all of it is when the truth is the older ones wanted to stay Essex Pirates and the Grayridge Panthers,but majority rules. The attitude has been,"You all made your bed now lie in it" With red & gray sheets of course.

-- Posted by Yellow Rose of Essex on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 8:22 AM

I didn't know all this background about the Richland mascot. Mmm...I've wondered about it.

I also wonder if they'll ever change it -- or will they just plug along until something big and hairy happens??

And, I.B., judging from Corey's lack of recent activity on this blog, I'd say that he might already be under the Cake Lady's spell....("Caaaaaaaake...caaaaaake...")

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 4:49 PM

He could be just taking shelter from the punkins and over ripe fruit. Wake up Corey and exit from the tater hole. All is well.

Enouugh of the name changing. Someone is always offended. How do you select names for the little bearded ones?

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 6:00 PM

Hahaha! My goats names are: "June Bug," "Tinker Bell," "Hot Shot," "Pippi," "Longstocking," and ..... what the heck DID I name those last two little boys?? Mmmm....sometimes I forget the boys' names, since I don't keep them around as long as I do the girls...(who, of course, can have babies!)

"Heckle and Jeckle"!

"Sam n' Eric" were named after the twins in "The Lord of the Flies."

"William F. Bonney" was, of course, "Billy." "Bucky" was just sassy..

I doubt if I'll ever get in too much trouble over goat names, thankfully!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Aug 14, 2007, at 4:49 PM

Sounds pretty mild mannered for the eloquence I have seen you put out here. Got rid of the boys when they were no longer useful huh? File that away in the old memory.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Tue, Aug 14, 2007, at 5:17 PM

If I were to get called a name that wasn't true, who cares? It's not true. They're igorant or they would know that.

I don't care if anyone calls me cracker, or white or anything else. What difference does it make? I don't take offense to it. I am white. Coming up with "durogatory" (sp?) terms for "white" won't hurt my feelings either. White is white and white I am.

What's the big deal what color people are? There is a good quote in Robin Hood. (Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman) Where a little girl as Morgan Freeman's character why he's a different color. He said "Because God likes variety." There you go.

I don't think it has anything to do with what people say or call you. I think it has more.. well, everything to do with the "offended" person not accepting who they are, and not being happy with who they are. If you're comfortable in your own skin, comfortable with who you are, you won't give a crap what anyone else has to say.

-- Posted by vambfly on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 7:42 PM

Ooops, I haven't checked this blog since August 14. I didn't realize it was still alive. Funny how they spring up from the dead sometimes, isn't it?

I guess we just get desperate for more conversation than we can find on the most current ones!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Aug 29, 2007, at 8:07 AM

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Corey Noles, staff writer for The Daily Statesman and Editor of The North Stoddard Countian, is the author of a regular baseball/St. Louis Cardinals column and also uses his blog to sound off on various happenings in sports. He also operates a weekly baseball mailbag column.

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