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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Is the word "gringo" a slur?

The other evening on npr's All Things Considered there were a lot of outraged comments from listeners: they were upset at a commentator's repeated use of the term "gringo."

On the program earlier in the week, the commentator--a Latina--had repeatedly used the term "gringo" to refer generally and specifically to non-Latinos.

But is "gringo" an ethnic slur at all?  Doesn't it just mean "white / North American"?

Imagine the implications for the workplace of not knowing whether a term is a slur or not!!!!

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