'Canadian' now a racial slur

If your mind is easily exploded by rampant dumbassery, you may want to stop reading now. Last Thursday, the National Post reported that 'Canadian' is now used as a racial epithet in the American South. And today, Gawker has picked up the story. Apparently, Southern bigots were tired of all the bad PR surrounding the N-word, and decided to adopt something new. How sneaky. And by sneaky I mean 'completely idiotic'.

The new meaning of Canadian came to light in an email sent by a Houston assistant district attorney. Quoth the missive:

"...He overcame a subversively good defence by Matt Hennessey that had some Canadians on the jury feeling sorry for the defendant and forced them to do the right thing."

There were no Canadians on the jury. Only US citizens can sit on a jury in the United States. So, something was clearly rotten in Houston. And sure enough, entry #5 on the Urban Dictionary entry for 'Canadian' states:

Expression for black people used by whites as "code" when they want to refer to blacks in a semi-derogatory manner without being detected in a group of people.

But here's what I don't understand. Say you're a racist moron. You don't want to use the N-word in mixed company because it makes you look like a, well, racist moron. So instead, you decide to use a word that is so bizarrely out-of-place in almost every potential conversation you could have in the American South as to act as a giant alarm bell. Euphemisms tend to become blatant when they have no relation to a given descriptive reality. It would be like me using the phrase 'Large Hadron Collider'  when referring to people from Alberta. For example:

"That Large Hardon Collider sure has a lot of filthy oil money." {Author's note: this is clearly a typo, but it's kinda awesome, so I'm leaving it in.}

There are no Hadron Colliders in Canada, let alone large ones. There's only one in the world. So, my use of this phrase is so odd, so obvious, that anyone with half a brain would likely flag it as a code word.

But I guess that's the thing about racist morons. Whenever they do anything, it tends to be a little dumb. They can't really help it. They're morons.