I’m in France at the moment, and just confirmed with French friends that “Macaque” (the French version of the word “Macaca”) is a word that French soccer fans have used in the past as a slur against black players (often of North African descent) on opposing teams, they’d yell it at the opposing players. George Allen’s mother was a French-speaking French citizen who lived in North Africa. You do the math.
And now George Allen is giving the standard non-apology apology. He’s sorry if the other guy was offended
No, Senator Allen. The proper response is “I’m sorry,” period. Or even better, “I’m sorry I called you the French word for ‘nigger.’”
Worse yet, Allen didn’t even bother apologizing to the guy he slurred. He gave his apology to a reporter. Classy.
Not surprisingly, the Washington Post hasn’t caught up to the fact yet that the word Allen used is a variation on a French racial slur.