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Response to renate (Reply #22)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 09:11 AM

25. "Coons"

I am guessing you do not live in the deep south. I am in Virginia and have never heard it here, but I have heard it with some frequency in the deeper south (South Carolina). It was one of many racial (bigoted) terms that cropped up from time to time when in the unmixed company of bigots. There are many slurs that may not be familiar to the uninitiated ears, but when you have family that is unreconstructed like I have, you hear them all. For instance, have you ever heard "Porch Monkey?" I am guessing many have not, but I can assure you it is used and not in a kind way.

I think being familiar with the use of the term "coon" makes the brain open to what Zimmerman said. I believe that if one is unfamiliar or unaccustomed to hearing the free use of this term, one's brain would interpret and mold his speak into something that is more familiar (and therefore makes more sense in that person's experience) like: "cops, cunts, punks, goons, jerks" or whatever.

I agree that "coons" may not be widely used but to my ears there is nothing else that he could have said. I heard "f*cking coons" on the unaltered tape before anyone in the main-stream media picked it up. At first I missed it too along with the media, but it was there. He just said it under his breath and so it didn't register until I really listened.

When I first heard it I thought "this will be his downfall." & "he is a bigot after all."

In the end though people believe what they want to believe.

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