The Spectacle Blog

Re: Macaca Madness

By on 8.24.06 | 11:18AM

Philip, you are correct that it is a slur previously unknown. In that Washington Post story you linked to, the photo caption drops any nuance about the word: "Sen. George Allen had called S.R. Sidarth, a staffer of foe James Webb's, a 'macaca,' a racial slur." If you have to look up the word to determine if it is a racial slur in some parts of the world, it probably isn't that offensive.

Send to Kindle

Like this Article

Print this Article

Print Article

More Articles From David Holman