I really didn’t want to put the actual question in the header.
Apparently on one of the Sunday morning political shows, Sen. Byrd made several disparaging remarks about (pardon me in advance) “white niggers”. From his remarks it wasn’t clear what the hell he was talking about.
Either he was saying it’s OK to use the word “nigger” because the word “nigger” refers to both black and white people or he’s saying “white trash” is bad. I’ve heard the phrase twice before in my life, once in the song Oliver’s Army by Elvis Costello and once from a Klansman on a radio-show who was using it in the “Hey the word refers to blacks AND whites, so it can’t be bad” sense.
Anyone know the actual connotation of this term? (Whatever it is, it can’t be good)