Next time someone mentions the word Monday, they could be referring to you as a racial slur.
Sound odd? It is.
In this Boston Globe story, they write that a police officer in Leominster called Red Sox player Carl Crawford “Monday,” and he lost his job because the word actually is a coded, offensive racist slur.
The officer, John A. Perreault, was off-duty and was at a minor league game earlier this summer. He was taunting the baseball outfielder who is black and was seen last season by fans as a symbol of the team’s collapse, according to the Globe.
Globe columnist Ben Zimmer writes that the word originated in 2006 on the east coast, writing: “It was the popular comedian Russell Peters, a Canadian of Indian descent, who put “Monday” on the map. In a January 2008 standup routine for Def Comedy Jam (widely circulated on YouTube), Peters tells of a Bostonian referring to blacks as “Mondays” and giving the same bigoted clarification that “nobody likes Mondays.” “White people are getting real…clever with their racism,” Peters jokes ruefully.”
How ‘Monday’ Became a Racial Slur | CocoaFab.Be careful.
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