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.