Honky Please: The Origin of Honky

honky
/’hôngkē/
noun

a derogatory term used by black people for a white person or for white people collectively

“When watching a honky dance, look for the open-mouthed overbite and the closed eyes.”

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Honky Cat? Yes!

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it a thousand more times, there is not a good racial slur for the white man. It is unfortunate that we must settle for honky. By definition, I, Sung Mo Koo, Korean and not black, cannot technically use the word. I suppose there is cracker, white trash, whitey, redneck, hillbilly, hick, Yank, bumpkin, peckerwood, and other lame jabs, but let’s face it, none of these words have the impact to harm and hurt.

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