posted on Sep, 15 2009 @ 04:07 PM
Originally posted by jd140
reply to post by Alxandro
I think so too.
Whats funny is that it was started by whites who called other whites racist. I always thought it would be brought on by one race calling the other one
Sorry to pick up this, but the phrase appears to confuse several angles:
1. A spade is a digging tool. Thus a person who uses the term "spade" as opposed to "a metal digging tool", is being plain-spoken, down-to-earth
(no pun intended), and without pretension. Originally used in english around 16th century to describe some rather basic people in their language.
2. There is a racist use of spade as in the phrase "black as the Ace of Spades", which I have not heard in use in reality (or even on TV) since the
racist show "Love Thy Neighbour" on british TV from the 70's. This phrase appears to have developed in the early 20th century.
English language is full of multiple meaninged words and one could be forgiven for confusing the two and imagining it is about someone's skin colour.
as we can see (you can google it too) it is nothing of the sort.
So racist it isn't, in fact in some cicles it would be a compliment, but never an insult.
What is insulting is to stroll on stage, grab someones mic, and dismiss their (and their team's) work. The look of shock on Beyonce's face said it
[edit on 2009-9-15 by pr0metheu5]