I am sitting in Murky Coffee and the woman sitting next to me (no, not my wife – the one on the other side) just made references to someone’s “brown” girlfriend, explaining that she is “mulatto” but that she’s really cute anyway. All this is on a cell phone call at normal volume. There are seven people in the room, all within easy earshot.
Does anyone still say mulatto? I thought that word went out of style with “colored” and “Negro.”
This same person is using all sorts of profanity as well, so I shouldn’t be surprised by the racial slurs. I guess public is the new private when it comes to embarrassing things you can say during a phone call.
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