Skip to comments.North Dallas suburb's school board changes nickname from Coons [Racially Offensive]
Posted on 03/05/2002 5:03:33 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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The name of the town, and likely the team, comes from the St. Louis- San Francisco Railroad, popularly known as the Frisco [a name not real popular in some corners of California, BTW] the shape of whose logo is said to have been derived from a stationmaster who tacked a coonskin to the side of a depot to dry.
Though the Frisco railroad was later merged into the Southern Pacific, the politically correct will no doubt now want to burn down any surving restored depots....
I'm in one of my diet cycles (long story) so I haven't had steaks in awhile but I love them (and miss them).
The word's origin is unclear: folk etymology claims that coonass dates from World War II, when Cajun GIs serving in France were derided by native French speakers as conasse, meaning "dirty whore" or "idiot." Non-French-speaking American GIs allegedly overheard the expression, converted it to the English "coonass," and introduced the term back in the United States. There it supposedly soon caught on as a derisive term among non-Cajuns, who encountered many Cajuns in Gulf Coast oilfields.
It is now known, however, that coonass predated the arrival of Cajun GIs in France during World War II, which undermines the conasse theory. Indeed, folklorist Barry Jean Ancelet has long rejected this theory, calling it "shaky linguistics at best." He has suggested that the word originated in South Louisiana, and that it derived from the belief that Cajuns frequently ate raccoons. He has also proposed that the term contains a negative racial connotation: namely, that Cajuns were "beneath" or "under" blacks (or coons, as blacks were often called by racists).
Despite efforts by Cajun activists like James Domengeaux and Warren A. Perrin to stamp out the term's use, coonass continues to circulate in South Louisiana and beyond. Its acceptability among the general public, however, tends to vary according to circumstances, and often depends on who says it and with what intention. Cajuns who dislike the term have been known to correct well-meaning outsiders who use the epithet.
I grew up in Boston in the 40's and 50's. I know enough racial epithets to make a Klansman blush. I'm not proud of it, that's just the way it was back then.
I got over it and so should everyone else.
Here's the FISD Home Site. Maybe they can help or refer you. . .
F.I.S.D. Home Site
I didn't say in that particular order either, I simply implied that those communities are encountered when going 'north' of Dallas before Frisco is ever even seen ...
As a side note - one could nearly make it from one of those cities to another while still tacking at least partially north each time (again, not in the order I gave) ...
My point still stands. I wouldn't have been quite so hard on the AP story writer if he had said 'an outlying Dallas suburb' (which it may legitimately be called).
Dallas doesn't even abut Frisco ... were it not for Renner having been annexed into the legal entity known as The City of Dallas (technically speaking) would be even FURTHER away from Frisco (the center of Frisco is approximately 1/3 the way up in Collin county whereas central Dallas is located centrally in Dallas county and the closest the City of Dallas boundary lies to Frisco is only about 1/16 the way up into Collin County).
Incidently, I didn't mention "The Colony" (a *real* city), Parker, Hebron, Murphy, Lucas, Fairview or Allen *all* of which are further south than Frisco ...
Bingo! Louis Sockalexis bump!
And thank goodness, as well. "Cleveland Indians" (although I think "Cleveland Iroquois" is cool) sounds quite a bit better than the "Cleveland Spiders," no? ;-)
This sounds cool. Mind if I borrow it from time to time?
Oh, thank you! I couldn't come up with his name!