Tuesday, April 07, 2009
So, I made up a new word. I made it up because there is a concept that currently isn't being captured by any word in the English language. Kind of like shadenfreude.
I've made up a couple of other words in the past. Like, I say dangernoose instead of dangerous--for no other reason than I think it's funny. Most of my made-up words have something to do with the best cartoon ever, Squidbillies.
The definition of racish is as follows:
Kind of racist.
Racist is such a charged word in our society, that whenever people hear it--they tense up. So the word "racish" was invented to say, "Hey, I'm not really sure I like what you just said/did, let's talk about it in an attempt to understand each other better." People who do or say racish things are not bad people--they don't go to secret meetings or strategize about how they can keep other people down. What they do is occasionally engage in behavior that helps to keep the races apart, instead of bringing them together. This is not a term that only applies to white people--doesn't that make you happy, white people? I thought it would (:
"Hey, when you assume that me and the black person next to me in line are together, even though we haven't said one word to each other--I think that's kind of racish."
"Hey, when you give me a dirty look as soon as I step in the door to spend money in your black-owned business, I think that's kind of racish."
"Hey, just because you voted for Barack Obama doesn't mean you're not a racish."
Isn't this exciting?! I really think this is going to give us a whole new way to discuss race relations. Don't get me wrong, racist things definitely still exist, but I think since we're no longer in the 1950's--a lot of the things that we need to work on are more accurately described as racish.
So, here's how you can help this word establish itself in popular culture.
First--start using it in your own conversations.
Second, go here and give this definition a thumbs up. Perhaps if it gets enough thumbs up it will become the word of the day, and then it'll blow up!
What do you think about the existence of this word?
What other examples of racish things can you come up with?