<<<<Strangely enough, living in New Mexico, I'm referred to as "Anglo." The
first time that happened, I almost punched the guy. But, my friends
explained his "Anglo" was not mine. (Anglo-Saxons pretty much harassed or
are harassing all of my ancestors.) It still bothers me, but I understand.>>>
It is good that you had someone who *could* explain it to you. I am in CA
and have not found this. I still find it affects me in the same way it does
you. But folks here actually *enjoy* using the name in a pejorative way!
(It's also the nations capital for the Klu Klux Klan too. Racism is
considered part and parcel here. I do not agree.)
I have not found a solution to this derogatory word. It is not being used
by Hispanics but mainly African Americans, and after being told that this
word is disrespectful when used intentionally. We're talking those working
in the school system, in which my daughter is the minority student.
Folks laugh, call names and mock, when we refer to the Anglo-Saxons and
what was done. Here in the US, it's as if it were thousands of years ago,
not hundreds. Speaks to the immaturity of our nation, IMHO.
How to deal with this immaturity? Clues? Great sayings?
"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through
temporary periods of joy." W.B. Yeats