Whitey (slang)

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"Whitey" (sometimes abbreviated as "yt"[1]) is a slang term for a white person, often used in a pejorative manner.[2] The level of contempt implied by the term varies.

During Barack Obama's 2008 US Presidential campaign, a hoax was promoted that his wife Michelle Obama had been recorded "railing against 'whitey'", which she denied, saying, "That’s something that George Jefferson would say."[3] In Saturday Night Live's notorious 1975 "Word Association" skit, Richard Pryor's character uses "whitey" as his response to Chevy Chase's character's prompt of "negro".[4]

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  1. ^ "Who Uses 'Yt Folx' On The Internet?". Dictionary.com. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Whitey". oxforddictionaries.com. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  3. ^ Michael Powell and Jodi Kantor (2008-06-18). "Michelle Obama Looks for a New Introduction". New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Saturday Night Live, Richard Pryor/Gil Scott-Heron, Quotes". IMDb. Retrieved 26 September 2014.