FW: white trash
I noticed the term white trash in a quote in your story today. How come no one is ever offended by that term ? My belief is that white trash may be the only term that demeans two races. It calls certain white people “trash” being fit only as refuse and to be thrown away. Second, in its original sense, it was used to separate white and black. The implication was that all black people were trash and only a portion of white people, thus you had to designate “trash” as “white” or people would assume that you were talking about a black person. Few phrases can be more hateful and yet there has never been a national revulsion against it and it is used by entertainers in the media all the time. I approve of your use of the word in a quote (as I would any word in a quote, to refer to a word by a single letter is an admission that the word is stronger than the writer, and worse, stronger than the reader) but do not know why journalists don’t condemn the phrase as an “ugly slur”.