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673 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 15 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you think the word `nappy` is racist?
And obviously I`m not talking about a British diaper! Is calling someone nappy-headed a racist comment?


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15 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/2/07 - 9:43:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think it's racist, but I do think it is rude.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 5/3/07 - 11:37:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
I've never even heard that term before.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 5/3/07 - 11:44:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
I hadn't heard it either until the whole Imus thing came out. I didn't see it as really racist either, more insulting.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 5/3/07 - 11:57:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not at all, I've heard that term all my life, for blacks and whites. No way it has anything specific to blacks, at least where I am from.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 5/3/07 - 12:19:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've never heard the term 'nappy-headed' before, so I don't really know, but I'm not qualified to make that call anyway. The people it was directed at should have the last say in whether it's racist or not. Calling women hos is more offensive to me, personally.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 5/3/07 - 12:28:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^This was based on a recent American 'scandal' where a man called a black women's team a bunch of 'nappy-headed hos'. People think he's racist for it.
15 yrs ago - Thursday 5/3/07 - 12:34:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 5/3/2007 12:28:28 PM KikiPeepers wrote:
^^^This was based on a recent American 'scandal' where a man called a black women's team a bunch of 'nappy-headed hos'. People think he's racist for it.

Was that for me? I heard about the Don Imus thing (I read about on YT), but that was the first time I'd ever heard anyone use that term, so I don't really know how offensive it is.

15 yrs ago - Thursday 5/3/07 - 12:48:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
never heard it, it seems potentially offensive
15 yrs ago - Thursday 5/3/07 - 2:09:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. That's rasta terminology.
15 yrs ago - Saturday 5/5/07 - 6:08:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
So now it's not Imus' fault, it's the producer's fault for not editing him?

Imus' Lawyer: Bosses Could Have Edited Rutgers Comments With Delay Button

15 yrs ago - Monday 5/7/07 - 7:59:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not really... never really heard of it before.
15 yrs ago - Monday 5/7/07 - 8:25:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. It's not racist.

I've described peoples' hair as "nappy" before, but only when it actually was (and they knew it was), and no one got offended.

To me, "nappy" is merely an adjective used to describe someone's hair; if they want to take it the wrong way, they're welcome to, although it makes *them* into the fool.

15 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/22/07 - 3:15:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it is racist. What other race has "nappy" hair? And their hair wasn't nappy they were just black.

That's like saying look at those ching-chong people eating rice. Racist.

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 6/8/07 - 4:39:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
I heard Oprah say it about herself once.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 6/16/07 - 11:56:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. Nappy implies gross or dirty. If someone said "African-style hair" or hair that tends to be drier as opossed to oily, nope that's just stating a fact.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/17/07 - 8:42:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I thought it meant super-curly, not oily.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/17/07 - 10:38:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
I thought it meant just having some whack hair
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/17/07 - 11:43:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I never saw it as being that way.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 7/7/07 - 10:00:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
my hair is nappy, but if it's used as a racist comment, i would be offended. i would laugh it off to make the person who said it seem stupid though.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 7/7/07 - 10:03:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
people, nappy means the extra tight curl patterns that only black people have. you can comb your hair out, but if you don't for a long time your hair can be so tight that it can break the brush or comb. it doesn't mean dirty, but i guess people think it looks dirty. when white people's hair is real tight its called frizzy or matted.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 8/5/07 - 4:02:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
i didnt know that cud be racist i just thought it ment diaper
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/7/07 - 1:40:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
I found the 'hos' part of the comment more offensive than the 'nappy-headed' part.

The 'nappy-headed' was racist only because it identified the race of the 'hos'.

Had he called them 'black hos', it would have been equally offensive.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/7/07 - 8:16:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
I thought "nappy" means diaper.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/7/07 - 8:41:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/7/2007 8:16:12 AM andybarron wrote:
I thought "nappy" means diaper.

It does in Britain, I've never heard of the usage in this question and I always smile at Kiki's use of 'obviously'

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/7/07 - 9:10:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nappy = Not offensive.
Nappy-head = potentially offensive.

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