Have you ever been to an Asian day spa and witnessed bouts of laughter and conversation in their native language that made you question if the joke was on you? Well, you’re not alone. I’ve experienced discomfort many times at Asian spas after wondering what was so funny while my nails were being worked on.
One day, I overheard a nail tech say, “Hakui” while completing a Black woman’s manicure. I had never heard the term before, but something told me to look it up. Turns out, that nail tech had called the woman “burnt” in Chinese. The other nail techs in the salon laughed and began to mutter in their language.
Infuriated, I told the Black woman what was said and left the salon. I refused to patronize a business that use racial epithets to reference other people.
Still, that experience was the catalyst for writing this article. I think it’s important for Black people to know how other racial groups talk about us in code while in person or behind our backs. Being somewhat familiar with the vitriol language used to describe our people should encourage us not to contribute to the racists’ economy. The way that I see it, why would someone patronize a business that have such strong and dangerous perception of he or she?
This is especially imperative when dealing with police officers.
It’s critical to know the type of language that’s being used to reference us by those sworn to protect and serve without bias. The dialogue used by cops when referencing Black people might explain why some of them harbor violent tendencies towards us.
Below is a list of completely demeaning and disrespectful racist terms provided by the Racial Slur Database to describe Black people:
925 is the code that LA suburban cops use to reference a suspicious black person.
African’t is a term made up by white people to describe unemployed or lazy black people.
ANTIQUE FARM EQUIPMENT
Antique Farm Equipment is what white slave masters used to reference their slaves.
ARF is African Rock Fish. This term is commonly used in Jones Beach (NYC) to describe blacks’ poor swimming reputation.
BAP is Black American Princess and is used to reference ostentatious, arrogant black women.
Beggar is a term whites use to support the idea that black people always want something for nothing.
BFI, the name of a waste disposal company that white people claim stands for Black Family Inside.
Biscuit Lip is a term whites use to describe the size of black people’s lips.
Block Buster is “a real estate agent who sells a home in an upper-class white neighborhood to a black family, thus lowering the values of other homes in the neighborhood.” According to Racial Slur Database, “This can be stretched to include inviting a black or minority friend over for dinner.”
Blue Gums is said to be an “Old myth that if one were bitten by a nigger with blue gums, they would die.”
BMW stands for Black Mans Wish, meaning a black man can only wish that he owned a BMW.
Bobble Heads is a term used to describe black women’s supposed tendency to violently shake their heads in heated conversations.
BUPPIE is a rising black professional. Buppie comes from Yuppie.
Chalky is “heard throughout Ireland, extremely derogatory word for blacks, who have an increasing number in the Irish population.”
Chiquita is a term used to reference Black women because the Chiquita banana has a black woman on the sticker.
Coal Miner is a Russian term for blacks. Russians use the term to describe dark skin that looks to be covered in coal dust. dark skin which looks like it is covered in coal dust. Pronounced “shahktor” in Russian.
Cococut is a term used to describe dark-skinned people that are perceived as trying to be white.
Colonel’s Kids is a term used to describe the idea of blacks loving KFC.
Congo is a term used to describe dark African-Americans who behave better than Whites.
Crimestopper is an African-American woman who has an abortion.
Cuff is a term used by white southern Georgia farmers to describe blacks. It is believed that blacks are always arrested, put in handcuffs by the police.
Deuce comes from the Philadelphia police form, which has 1 =white and 2 = black
Ding Dong describes Blacks who act white.
Doujin is a Japanese slur for blacks. Dou means dirt, jin means person.
Egot is a derogatory term used by Filipinos meaning “nigger”.
Es-Obe means “Apes Obey!” Used by British Colonial masters in Africa commanding the African workers to get to work. The early colonized Africans, not knowing the meaning of the command also cultivated it into their language- using it among themselves to gather themselves to work efficiently.
Arabs use this word meaning charcoal to describe blacks and very dark Arabs.
GAR is a Redneck term. Short for nig-GAR. Could also refer to the Gar, a fish similar to the piranha, found in streams in the Southern US and eating by many Southern Blacks.
GED is said to be the highest level of education many Blacks acquire.
Ghetto Hamster is a term used to describe black children as being disposable pets.
Ghost Rider is used to reference Blacks who have sex with Whites.
Gimpy is a stereotype that most people who collect unemployment are Black and also Blacks that are said to pretend to be injured to receive unemployment resources.
Greaser refers to the oily nature of a black person’s hair.
Hakui means ‘burnt’ in Chinese and is used to describe black people.
Jambo refers to Blacks from Africa who are considered to be unsophisticated. Comes from ‘Jambo Kenya’ in the Kenya National Anthem
JIG AND A PIG
Jig is short for jigaboo, and the Pig reference is to overweight white women. Therefore Jig and a Pig is a black man with an overweight white woman.
Lawn Jockey is used manifested by author Ralph Ellison to describe black people who felt/were treated as if they were speaking on behalf of the black race.
Levar is a term used to describe educated Blacks. Refers to Levar Burton of “Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fame
Lucious is commonly used to describe poor black people. During the period prior to the Civil War, many blacks were named after famous Romans (e.g. Lucius, Marcus, Scipio, etc.)
Hispanic term for ‘Nigger.’
Said to represents Blacks in Italians.
Translated into Farsi (Persian language) means “Black”. Used commonly among young White boys as undercover means of saying “nigger”
A Hispanic term for Blacks meaning monkey in most dialects.
North American Ground Ape; Affectionately used by the LAPD during the Watts riot in Los Angeles.
Banana/Monkey/etc related. Also a way to mask the word Nigger
Used instead of “nigger” in potentially sensitive company, to avoid being overheard, or to appear politically correct.
Nig-Nog is used in England. Probably from the Dutch “niknok” (nigger) by way of South Africa.
A Black computer geek.
Blacks who are scholars at math.
Stands for “Nigger Out of Gas”. Used by “White police officers to describe Blacks who run out of gas and wait for the police to supply them some, which supposedly by law they have to do.”NOVEMBER
In the phonetic alphabet, “nigger” is spelled: November – India – Golf – Golf – Echo – Romeo
PINE TREE ORNAMENT
Pine trees were the tree of choice to hang Blacks.
Blacks who act like Asians, or is very into Asian culture. Black on the outside, yellow on the inside.
An acronym used to describe Black children: Perpetrator in Training.
POINT 6 (0.6)
Reference to the 3/5ths Compromise, where the US Gov’t decided that Blacks counted as 3/5ths of a person for population reasons. (3/5=.6)
Code word for nigger.
Reggina is the words ‘A nigger’ spelled backwards.
Sailor is used as joke to describe the idea that Black people mostly wear the clothing line Nautica, but don’t own a boat.
Yiddish word for nigger.
Blacks who can’t afford cars and are always seen riding bikes: (S)illy (N)iggers (O)n (B)ikes.
A term Washington DC area police use to reference Black people.
A term claimed to be slang for “supposed to. “Spota get a job. Spota take care of the kids. Spota not break the law.”
Typical Nigger Behavior
When the wind blew and swung lynched Black people back and forth against each other, Southerners would refer to them as windchimes.
Yellow Eyed Nigger. These are Blacks, usually male, that due to a life of hard substance abuse have the whites of their eyes turn a hepatitis yellow.
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