White Honky Prince Charles has apparently got an Asian friend who he refers to affectionately as "Sooty" according to media reports today. ( See Telegraph - Prince Charles's Sooty Friend ).
This revelation comes after the media discovered home video of Prince Harry referring to an Asian army colleague as a "Paki".
Prince "White Honkey" Charles is presenting his use of the term "Sooty" as an affectionate nickname for his Asian friend and the suggestion is that the term is neither meant to cause offence nor is it taken in offence.
Honkey Prince Charles who is affectionately known to the UK population as "Old Redneck Honkey" is clearly trying to support his son as the establishment tries to defend Prince "Klu Klux" Harry from charges that his use of the term Paki is racist.
Deciding whether the use of terms such as Paki and "Nigger" is racist is a little complex. Black people in the US have to some extent reclaimed the word nigger as anyone who watches some of the more controversial Black American stand up comedians will soon discover.
The problem with the word Paki is that for many in the UK it is simply a shortened version of the word Pakistani and is not always intended offensively. Unfortunately however the word has a long history of being used by racist groups such as skinheads in a derogatory fashion and so for those on the receiving end it is usually a term that feels offensive.
"Old Redneck Honkey" Prince Charles and his son Prince Harry may not think that their use of the terms Sooty and Paki are racist or offensive but the test surely comes in asking if their friends are able to use similarly pointed nicknames when addressing them. Racism generally happens in the context of power differentials between groups or individuals.
I do wonder if the friends of these Princes starting calling them Honkey or Redneck all the time whether they would find the idea of the use of such terms so unobjectionable.
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