Fear of a Canadian Planet

When did “Canadian” become code for “black” in the American south? According to this article, people have been using “Canadian” when referring to black people, for fear of being seen as racist by outsiders:

A similar case in Kansas City was reported last year on a Listserv, or electronic mailing list, used by linguistics experts. A University of Kansas linguist said that a waitress friend reported that “fellow workers used to use a name for inner-city families that were known to not leave a tip: Canadians. ‘Hey, we have a table of Canadians…. They’re all yours.’ “

So, does this mean that Barack Obama may become the first Canadian President of the United States?

Man, people are bizarre sometimes.


2 thoughts on “Fear of a Canadian Planet

  1. Well, the old joke goes: What’s the difference between a Canadian and a canoe? Canoes tip.
    But it’s nice to know that my white ass is down with the homeys.

  2. I remember hearing that from people who work near the border on the US side – that Canadians (of whatever colour) are notoriously cheap. Maybe it goes back to when the dollar was .65 cents and cross-border shoppers were trying to be frugal or something. That always bugged me a bit. Don’t wanna tip? Don’t go to full service restaurants.

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