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Re: Non-PC - "coconut"

Posted by Lewis on November 20, 2003

In Reply to: Non-PC - "baked apple" posted by ESC on November 17, 2003

: BAKED APPLE - "Brown on the outside, white on the inside." Referring to a character, Sheriff Espinosa -- a "person of color" who "acts white." Similar to "Oreo," black on the outside and white on the inside. From "Blue Lonesome" by Bill Pronzini (Walker and Company, New York, 1995), Page 95.

: As the references sometimes say: usually considered offensive.

In England, rather than say somebody is an 'Uncle Tom' - the expression that I most often hear is coconut - brown on the outside, but white in the middle. It is insulting and most often applied to black politicians like Paul Boetang.