"The potentially volatile issue," says the NYT, has bubbled to the surface in the issue of the transit strike. The evidence? Commentors to the Transit Union's blog (comments have since been disabled and deleted) compared union members to monkeys and referred to them as "you people."
I don't know about the monkey comments, but couldn't "you people"--Ross Perot notwithstanding--possibly refer to all the striking workers be they black, yellow or white?
Not a chance. It's a racial slur because the transit workers say it's a racial slur. As was Mayor Bloomberg's remark that union leaders had "thuggishly turned their backs on New York City." Enter Al Sharpton and the Rev. Herbert Daughtry and it's official: Everyone who disagrees with the strike is a racist.