But I once had a friend explain/joke about it this way: what if instead of saying you support your country, you shortened country this way? :P
To me, Jews is the same as blacks. I say both without any concern because I don't consider either to be offensive. But I have a Jewish friend who refers to herself as a Jew, in a non-sarcastic way. So of course I base my entire understanding on one personThe previous Jew comment made me think of all this. Is it considered impolite to refer to Jews as "Jews"? Should you always say "Jewish person" or something? I really can't keep up with what's considered politically correct sometimes because there is no consistent rule for understanding it.
I was once in a store and wanted a shirt that was up above my reach, so I went to the cashier and asked her if someone could get it down for me. The woman politely said, "If you'll just go ask the woman over there with the darker complexion, she'll be glad to help you." I looked 'over there' and saw a black employee... and I don't just mean like, Obama black... I mean, recently-immigrated-from-Africa black. Her insane paranoia about being politically correct caused me to stifle a laugh and say, "Oh, you mean the black lady?" The expression on her face was priceless.I find it interesting that, in my experience, white folks are less tolerant of racial slurs than the affected ethnic group. For example, I once saw a white guy call a black guy a nigger. The black guy essentially shrugged it off (which is either admirable or sad or both, depending on his reason) but the white folks present were outraged. Which is awesome, by the way. Because it was genuine. It wasn't just a "hey, we don't say that where they can hear" kind of thing. It makes me think that racial slurs are used often enough for the targetted ethnic group to be essentially used to it, but rarely enough so that most white folks in the vicinity are shocked somebody would say it.