Posted by ESC on February 18, 2002
Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader online
Posted on Mon, Feb. 18, 2002
'Wigger' slur hurts diversity, city image
By John Lindsay Jr.
"I wonder what defense attorney Mark Stanziano would have said if asked to define the term 'wigger,' which he used to describe one of the victims during his closing statements in Ricky Sherroan's murder trial.
The 'wigger' comment infers that any white person adopting the clothing style and posturing of the African-American hip-hop culture is a low-life and a criminal, or specifically, a 'white [n-word],' from which 'wigger' derives.
Putting blackface on an alleged white criminal insulted all African-Americans in that courtroom, whether employees, jurors or spectators.
When did favoring clothing and music styles reflective of hip-hop culture become an imprimatur of criminal predisposition, activity or misguided behavior for a white person?…"
Dec. 11, 2001, Herald-Leader article by Louise Taylor, "Sherroan found guilty in two of 3 slayings; defendant had admitted killing friends but not his stepfather"
John Lindsay Jr. is co-founder of the Ethnic Dialogues at the University of Kentucky and a founding member of UK's Inclusive Learning Community.