It isn't a new trend. In fact, it's probably as old as interacial relations. What makes some people feel the need to hide their true feelings about other people- people they believe belong to other groups, i.e. "those people"? After all, if it is in fact okay to feel like some people just aren't as good as oneself, or as the group that oneself is a member of, than why would you have to bury those feelings? Honestly, I'm not talking about what is expected or accepted by society, I'm talking about what is acceptable to self. If it's perfectly permissible to harbour certain feelings, then why would they need to be hidden? Conversely, if those sentiments do in fact present a personal problem, if one thinks they are ugly, and should be kept secret, why nurture those inklings? Why not work to rid oneself of them once and for all? Anything that can only be said behind someone's back is more than just not nice. It's probably incorrect as well. Do closet racists know this? I'm very curious to see if all my favorite little bridge-troll racists come running out of the woodwork to make sure no one thinks I'm talking about them. I am talking about you, I know who you are, I can see you, and I'm not afraid to name names if you push me. Fear not: I will embarass you if you pretend. I like the south. I like upstate NY, I like the rural and suburban midwest. I like the southwest. I like anyplace where a klan member will burn a cross in front of me and boldly tell this nigger to go home. I like anyplace where the DJ will tell me to my face that they neither have, nor play jigaboo jigs 'round here, gal. I like anyplace where Sambo is a lawn jockey, stupidly waving a confederate flag. Let me know how you feel so I know how I should feel, how I need to respond. Let me know in plain, old-fashioned English. Don't let my education fool you. I come from runaways. I understand the old school epithets just fine, thank you. Nope. No need to hide behind only vaguely inapropriate comments and snide remarks which would make the less cynical, the uninitiated, the naive ask himself, "Does he know how that sounds?" I won't ask that question. You know damn' well how it sounds. We both know this, don't we? Don't insult our intelligence LPSG bigots. There are a handful of we fags and spooks, spics and gooks who know who know you are talking to us, and not just to each other. We're watching you.