February 16, 2005
We're making great headway in the United States in getting public names changed when they are reflections of an older era when racially charged terms were considered acceptable, or at least, not controversial.
You'd think in the 21st century, that racial epithets would be so old-fashioned that anyone using them would be laughed out of the country.
But no, that's not the case. At issue today, as it has been for decades, is the use of the word "Jap" to describe a person or thing that's Japanese or Japanese American.
Amazingly, there have been a couple of instances of "Jap" in the media in recent weeks.