Funny thing about so-called racist remarks: it seems to depend on who happens to be making them.
Many times on TV I see some black dude refer to another black dude as "my nigga" and nobody thinks thatīs offensive. I donīt think it is either, but then, thatīs because the actor doing the names is black himself, I suppose.
I remember once, many years ago in India, an Indian lad called me a pink rat; I wasnīt upset, just surprised to find that a fellow schoolboy would choose to resort to names based on colour... after several years there, it was the one and only time I came across that. I canīt say Iīd be offended to be called honky either - names are just that. There is something hellishly sad about the way in which political correctness has crept into the mainstream of life these past fifteen or so years. Far from creating a calmer atmosphere, a less stressful world, it has, in my opinion and experience, done the very opposite: created an atmosphere where somebody is just hanging on in there waiting to run to a lawyer and plead some form of victimisation. We are bloody good at that in the UK now. Fortunately, here in Spain, there is a far more laid back attitude.
An example: sitting in my local bar, having something to eat, I caught this conversation at the next table, where two north Africans and a Spanish guy were having a drink. The bar-owner wandered over and made some remark to them about moslems and one of the guys remarked loudly that he wasnīt an African moslem, he was a Spanish African moslem and had the papers to prove it! Well, the entire conversation was in very good humour, with all the parties knowing each other from frequently meeting in that bar. Not a sour voice was heard - it was all in noisy, live-and-let-live manner and with much laughter, proving that with the right mindset you can all share racist remarks and see a funny side. And thatīs the point: you have to be unaware of political correctness or you canīt have that freeīnīeasy approach to life. God help Spain when or if it buys into THIS import, one we sure donīt need!