casual racial slurs.
Posted by Kate on April 30, 1998 at 08:33:39:
In response to I've seen this before, written by Lesley on April 29, 1998 at 18:24:03
] I've seen this type of thing before in Agatha Christie. The casual racial slur was acceptable at that time, however repugnant it is to us. Yet, Christie was far from a Nazi. As a matter of fact, she wrote in Come, Tell Me How You Live , that she was terrified by the fierce anti-semetic views expressed by the German consulate that she met in the Middle east with her archeologist husband, Max Mallowan. It seems to me that that these racial slurs didn't necessarily mean that the person harbored a deep personal hatred of Jews.
Oh, absolutely - it was quite socially acceptable to talk that way! It is rather sobering, however, when you consider that it is that kind of casual racism that the Nazis were able to whip up and use. It's also good to remember that they were not alone in this - remember Mosley and the British Nazis - that awful scene from "Remains of the Day" when Lord whatever sent the two German girls away because they were Jewish.
- Moseley Lesley 02:02:08 5/01/98 (2)
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