Scotch Tape: It’s Racist

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The particulars are hard to pin down, but everyone seems to agree that Scotch tape, the now-famous brand, originated as a slur. Back in the ’20s, Scotch was a synonym for “cheap.” Richard Drew, a 23-year-old research assistant at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, was trying to create a sticky-but-not-too-sticky adhesive tape for auto painters to use on two-tone paint jobs. When he erred on the not-too-sticky side, one of the car-painters asked, “Why so Scotch with the adhesive?” and a brand name was born.

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  1. The Scotch are white. It is therefore impossible for any remark about them, no matter how derogatory, to be “racist.” Racism works one way only, and you are engaging in micro-aggression to suggest otherwise. You should lose your jobs and be shunned forevermore. Racists.

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  2. That’s not raaaacist

    This is:
    nig·gard·ly
    ˈnigərdlē/
    adjective
    adjective: niggardly

    1.
    not generous; stingy.
    “serving out the rations with a niggardly hand”
    synonyms: cheap, mean, miserly, parsimonious, close-fisted, penny-pinching, cheeseparing, grasping, ungenerous, illiberal; More
    informalstingy, tight, tightfisted
    “a niggardly person”
    antonyms: generous
    meager; scanty.
    “their share is a niggardly 2.7 percent”
    synonyms: meager, inadequate, scanty, scant, skimpy, paltry, sparse, insufficient, deficient, short, lean, small, slender, poor, miserable, pitiful, puny; More
    informalmeasly, stingy, pathetic, piddling
    “niggardly rations”
    antonyms: lavish, abundant

    adverb
    archaic
    adverb: niggardly

    1.
    in a stingy or meager manner.

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