Monday, 22 December 2014

Good Golly!

Once again the professionally offended want to ban words. Words like Chinky and Kike and no doubt any term ever used to describe anybody in terms of their origins, their speech, their colour, height, customs… How long before the book burning begins?

I asked Twitter for a list and Twitter did not disappoint. I've sort of organised them into rhyme; feel free to use any you take a fancy to. I do hope I didn't miss anybody out.

Hate Speech - A poem

Paki, wop, chink, wog,
Dago, eye-tie, kraut, frog.  
Sausage-eater, square head,
Sand-nigger, porage-wog .

Gerry, hun, kike, yank,
Raghead, pikey, septic tank,
Sambo, paddy, gyppo, nigger,
Snowflake, whitey, limey, jigger.

Coon, spade, golly, Mick
Ali baba, coolie, spic.
Fuzzy-wuzzy niggy-noggy
Piccaninny, abbo, boggy

Camel jockey, blackistan
Taffy, tinker, Chinaman.
Sooty, spook, wetback, yid
Gringo, guinea, heebie kid

Spud-nigger, dune coon
Gook, niglet, jappo loon
All because someone said Chink
A slippery slope; makes you think…

I had such fun with that little bunch of couplets I decided to defame the famous and tinkered, just a little, with one of Lewis Carroll's delightful pieces of nonsense.

Is it because I'm black?


‘Twas brillig and the slithy spades
Did gyre and gimble with the micks;
All mimsy were the coolie babes,
And the mome raths, all spics.

“Beware the Golliwog, my son
The Japs that bite, the Nips that snigger!
Beware the golliwog, and shun
The frumious raghead sand-a-nigger!”

He took his Sambo sword in hand;
Long time the septic tank he sought—
So rested he by the nig-nog tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in darkish thought he stood,
The Golliwog, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the Taffy wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through the coon
The boggy blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Golliwog?
Come to my arms, my Guinea boy!
O Paki day! O Pikey, hey!”
He chortled like a goy.

‘Twas brillig, in the Twitter jail
As the humourless made such a fuss;
All mimsy, as the meek and pale ,
Climbed aboard the outrage bus.

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