Have you heard about this yet? Nothing like disaster to make people reveal their true nature. This from Kate-a-blog. I was going to write a post on it, but she did better than I could:
"A Greenville Technical College Official twice referred to New Orleans evacuees in Greenville as "yard apes" has resigned, school officials said. She (Renee Holcombe) had been employed at the college for 19 years.Check out her whole post. Link
--- But maybe Mz. H. was using "yard apes" to describe the mostly black children the way one uses the terms "rug rats" or "curtain crawlers" etc. The term refers to unruly, ill-mannered children, so in any case Ms. H. was making an assumption that was equally derogatory. Regardless how Ms. Holcombe intended the term to describe child survivors, she probably would have enough sense not to stand by the school bus and publicly rub the little burrheads for luck and not ask little Tyrone to lie across her feet to cure the rhum'tism. That would be close to being bad as bad can get."