Can someone explain how “Monday” is apparently a racial slur now? A cop in Boston recently got fired for using it in reference to Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, who is black.
First, I’d never heard of the term “Monday” used in reference to a person at all, much less with a racial angle. Apparently that was his defense, that he meant it in the sense of an athlete who was “dogging it” and that he was unaware of any racial overtones, which is already one step ahead of my awareness of the term. But he evidently had a documented history of anti-black racial slurs and that was enough to render that defense unlikely in the eyes of the commissioner.
Is this some kind of Boston specific slang, “Monday”? I always assumed coffee mugs or posters reading “I Hate Mondays” were simply indicators of rat race exhaustion.
The only racially tinged day-of-the-week term for a person I can think of would be “Man Friday” as a job description for a do-it-all assisstant - but not a “right hand man”, which would suggest someone getting groomed for succession. Instead you’d be a faithful servant like the rescued cannibal Friday was to Robinson Crusoe. I could see how a Caribbean person would object to the term “Man Friday” being not far from “Stepin Fetchit”.
But… “Monday”, deriving from “I Hate Mondays”? I just don’t get it.