Is "Jap" offensive

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  1. Geno

    Geno Supporting Actor

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    This was a recent tangent on a post that got closed today and I just wanted to see some peoples reactions. Im not trying to upset anyone but I had to ask.

    These were comments that I read that made me make this post:
     
  2. SteveGon

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    I'd say "Jap" is as offensive as any other ethnic label. Of course, a lot of offense is derived from context. Being half-Hispanic, I get a bit of ethnic-related ribbing from my co-workers and friends. Now, I know that none of these people are prejudiced, so the things they say don't bother me. Heck, I make my share of ethnic jokes. However, there are people out there who use ethnic labels because they ARE prejudiced. Fortunately, I have yet to encounter someone like that...
     
  3. Bill McA

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    I don't see how the word Jap could be offensive, as it is merely an abbreviated form of Japanese, rather than a slur.

    If Jap is offensive then the word Japanese must also be offensive...no?

    Is Scot offensive (abbreviation of Scottish)?

    Aussie? (Australian)

    Yank? (American)

    Canuck? (Canadian)

    Arab? (Arabian)

    Brit? (British)
     
  4. george kaplan

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    Depends on the context.

    In an early 40's film, probably not. Today as a short-hand for Japanese, almost certainly.
     
  5. Jack Briggs

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    Absolutely, it's offensive. I have had too many friends and colleagues of Japanese descent tell me that it offends them.

    It's not quite the same as those nicknames that are used affectionately, as in "yank" or "limey" or "Aussie."

    Also, recall that "Jap" was used here in the U.S. for four solid years (1941-45) as a pejorative.

    Finally, if one must ask, then one should conclude that some persons would find the word offensive.
     
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  9. DanaA

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    Of course it's offensive.
     
  10. Howard Williams

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    For all the people that think "Jap" is not offensive, let me ask you this. Would you walk up to a stranger that appears to be of Japanese ancestry and say, "Is your mother a Jap?" Oh course you wouldn't. (I hope) Why? Becuase that would be offensive. "Jap" carries derogatory overtones.
     
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  12. Jack Briggs

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    Howard kind of nailed that one, I should say.

    As for Japanese persons calling other Japanese by that name, that's altogether different. Same with an African American calling another African American by the "n" word--it's different in that case. All others need not apply.
     
  13. John Kilduff

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    Jane's Addiction put it best: "Nothing's Shocking".

    Sincerely,

    John "more often than not feels like he's the only person offended by these words anymore" Kilduff
     
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    I believe it's often used as a derogatory comment towards a person of Japanese descent. [​IMG]
    Jon
     
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    If "oriental" is now considered unacceptable(Asian being the preferred word),"Jap" most certainly is.

    Ive always said, as long as it isnt meant in a mean or hurting way I dont have a problem with anythng someone says to me.I have a sense of humor and can most definitely laugh at myself.

    Im half black and have a couple friends who will often say "Niggah" to me. "Daaaamn niggah" They would never call me a "Nigger" or say it to me in while voiceing anger because the tone is completely different and they know theyd be picking heir teeth up off the floor.

    I think all people should be poud of who they are-theyre heritage,nationality,whatever,but I definitely believe laughing at or not taking yourself so seriously-it keeps you humble.
     
  19. FredHD

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    Does a bear sh*t in the woods? It may not be offensive to you, but there are many people that it is offensive to. So why not just avoid using it altogether.
     
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    Can't believe nobody mentioned this yet ... but during my high school days we used to refer to Jewish American Princesses as JAP.

    It was still derogatory, but for some reason very widely used in those days (mid - late eighties).
     

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