“Racist” phrases

In American English, there are a handful of noun phrases containing a demonym, typically highlighting some bad attribute wrongly associated with this ethnic group. These phrases are now falling out of use, as people realize that the implied stereotype is offensive, harmful, and simply racist. However, these phrases are also extremely useful. They each provide a unique, compact description of a problematic situation that would otherwise require a lengthy explanation.

To salvage these racist phrases, maintaining their meaning (and even their function as an enjoyable insult) without the implied slur, I propose a simple solution: replace the demonym with “racist”.


  • Racist firing squad
  • Racist giver
  • Racist fire drill
  • Racist roulette

Feel free to suggest more examples in a comment, for English or other languages.

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