|Re: Richard: please read. (archive)|
Posted by Chuck on October 04, 1998 at 07:11:01:
In Reply to: Richard: please read. posted by Alvin L. French-Moon on October 03, 1998 at 20:36:19:
Well written - I too was unable to grasp the concept that the phrase "rice" whatever wasn't racially motivated. Of course it is. The issue should focus on whether it was intended to be derisive or to hurt.
My sense from reading the posts is that it was not intended to be derogative. Hense the discussions on sensitivity and reading something into the term that was not intended. BUT others need to recognize why the caution flag when up.
Although in a different league, the term "motorhead" is equally ambiguous. I have several friends who use it descibe inviduals who aren't too bright; and others who use it to refer to people who enjoy their cars irrespective of their intellectual capacity. I use the analogy only to demonstrate that it is the intent that matters.
The MB dialogue, while not BMW specific, is valuable.