Yesterday evening I caught a news flash about the NYC Fire Commissioner’s son resigning due to the backlash caused by his racist tweets. I missed the story so I completed a quick internet search and found a few articles about the resignation due to a “racial slur against blacks”. I thought that they must mean the N-WORD. But if that was the case why didn’t they use the socially acceptable euphemism?
Thanks to the less censored news site The Gothamist I found out that the offensive term he used was “Shwoog“. Since Cassano is 23, a few years younger than me, I figure this must be the next generation’s N-word. It’s been said that Black people have taken back the N-word and stars like Gwyneth Paltrow can’t rap it without being labeled as a spokesperson for the KKK. I found a few other gems on Urban Dictionary that could be used in place of the N-word should the occasion arise: regin, river cricket, bleople, dank, chili dog and there were so many more. Shwoog and regin seem to be the runners up being that they’re the most commonly used.
At first I was alarmed about all the covert ways that people could insult me but then I realized that I really shouldn’t be concerned about someone who hides behind ridiculous words and beliefs. Obviously they aren’t worth the time it took to think of such simple minded terms. THEN I remembered that the story that led me to this discovery was about a guy who could have had my life in his hands! No words can express how much that truly scares me.