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  • Well, now that I think about it...

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  1. #61
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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by stefen
    "...do you think it's offensive to call the Indian Head Penny an "Injun" when posting..."

    Not sure that the penny would be offended, however the term itself is predicial, if not racist. Its no different that using the term; "I jewed him down" or "I was gyped"...both are meant to offend and to be anti-semetic and / or racist.

    Now being a white anglo-saxon prostestant (WASP) as many white Americans are classified, many would fall into the name calling and may understand the slights, but have never experienced them.

    However, if a person is of American Native origin or other ethnicity, its like being slapped in the face.

    To me, there is a level of tolerance that is acceptable in today's society...and if you call me or the other guy a name thinking its acceptable, you may find out otherwise...

    Recently, I had a contractor walk into my office for a project conference and the first words out of his mouth were; "I'm dealing with this jew-boy...". He was fired on the spot. End of conversation.

    I'm offended. You called me a WASP.
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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Montana Elf
    Conducting a quick research of the term "Injun" returned to me time and again what I posted above: "... that the term was derogatory from it's inception." and couldnt find ONE note that stated what PBK wrote, which is that the term: "...is simply a phonetic spelling of a colloquial or dialectical pronunciation of the word Indian."
    I didn't realize that I had failed to respond to Jim's comment. With many apologies, I do so now.

    Injun
    Injun colloq. and dial. U.S. form of INDIAN. XVII (Ingin, Engiane, later Indjon).
    From: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology | Date: 1996 | Author: T. F. Hoad |© 1996, Oxford University Press .


    I hope that this citation will suffice to support my assertion about the word's origin and usage.
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  3. #63
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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by stefen
    "...do you think it's offensive to call the Indian Head Penny an "Injun" when posting..."

    Not sure that the penny would be offended, however the term itself is predicial, if not racist. Its no different that using the term; "I jewed him down" or "I was gyped"...both are meant to offend and to be anti-semetic and / or racist.

    Now being a white anglo-saxon prostestant (WASP) as many white Americans are classified, many would fall into the name calling and may understand the slights, but have never experienced them.

    However, if a person is of American Native origin or other ethnicity, its like being slapped in the face.

    To me, there is a level of tolerance that is acceptable in today's society...and if you call me or the other guy a name thinking its acceptable, you may find out otherwise...

    Recently, I had a contractor walk into my office for a project conference and the first words out of his mouth were; "I'm dealing with this jew-boy...". He was fired on the spot. End of conversation.

    What do you mean you were "gyped" ?
    I am telling dang it no one to tell ,libs are out of their office ,honkys have a holiday,wasps at BEE convention,mexies are all ...crap dont know any.....hillbillies are moonshining,dang it just leaves us injuns,









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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by PBK
    Quote Originally Posted by Montana Elf
    Conducting a quick research of the term "Injun" returned to me time and again what I posted above: "... that the term was derogatory from it's inception." and couldnt find ONE note that stated what PBK wrote, which is that the term: "...is simply a phonetic spelling of a colloquial or dialectical pronunciation of the word Indian."
    I didn't realize that I had failed to respond to Jim's comment. With many apologies, I do so now.

    Injun
    Injun colloq. and dial. U.S. form of INDIAN. XVII (Ingin, Engiane, later Indjon).
    From: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology | Date: 1996 | Author: T. F. Hoad |© 1996, Oxford University Press .


    I hope that this citation will suffice to support my assertion about the word's origin and usage.
    Dang PBK!

    You coulda' let it go so that I would'nt look TOO stupid! LMAO

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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slingshot
    I'm Cherokee, and it doesn't bother me a bit! Now when I dig a zinc cent and call it a White Boy, I'll expect the same courtesy!
    Thinkin along the same order....just to level the playing field...
    Wheaties could now be Whiteys !!
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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    Not at all.
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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    Hey Montana, A penny for your thoughts. Jimbob
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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbob450
    Hey Montana, A penny for your thoughts. Jimbob
    Deal... an Indian Head Cent?

    When I started this topic it was because I kept on reading: "I found an injun" all over T-Net. I understand it's slang... but living in a city full of Native Americans it hit me that it might be an offensive term... her where I live it is.

    So I asked...

    I appreciated all the responses and am wondering about the 24 percent who actually voted that they were offended. My question now is, are they offended because they are Native American, or because they learned it was a derogatory word through some other medium... like parents, school, teachers, friends... ect.

    I hope that was at least worth a Zincoln Cent.

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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    My father was 100% AM Indian and my mom was half Swedes and half German. I never cared if I was called a Injun but I was called a Nazi once and that hurt. I just want to be judged by what I do and who I am, not who my ancestors were. I am proud to be a Indian but more proud to be an American. If you want to offend a Indian call him a blanket a**.
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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    No, but I am not the most politically correct person will find
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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    no it isnt an I am 1
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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    Doesn't bother me. I've often wondered the same thing. No matter what you say, it will offend someone, and some folks are looking for reasons to be offended. You can try with all your might, and you're going to offend someone anyway. I don't worry about it. If I know there is someone who truly is hurt by something I can control, I will avoid it. Otherwise, on with life.
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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    the way I look at it You Call a Coin a Injun
    How Can you offend that Coin ?

    when you get into talking about people
    it all depends on the person at the receiving end.
    whether they like the person who is saying it or not.

    just like another word that gets overused in rap
    and on the streets between friends but is
    illegal to say in certain circles because of hate crimes
    laws.

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  15. #75
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    Re: Is "Injun" offensive to you?

    As Native American it doesn't offend me...unless it was meant to be offensive. Everything is said in context, no?

 

 
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