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"Whitey" (sometimes abbreviated as "yt") is a slang term for a white person, often used in a pejorative manner.[1] "Whitey" is used similary to other ethnic slurs based upon a person's skin color, such as "redskin" and "negro". The level of contempt implied by the term varies, but one of the more severe pejorative examples is shown by the "Kill Whitey" tattoo on the cheek of New Black Panther Party member Maruse Heath.[2]

It is difficult to trace the origin,[according to whom?] but presumably it is derived from "white" as color terminology for race.

During Barack Obama's 2008 US Presidential campaign, a hoax was promoted that his wife Michelle Obama had been recorded "railing against 'whitey'", which she denied, saying, "That’s something that George Jefferson would say."[3] In Saturday Night Live's notorious 1975 "Word Association" skit, Richard Pryor's character uses "whitey" as his response to Chevy Chase's character's prompt of "negro".[4]

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  1. ^ "Whitey". oxforddictionaries.com. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  2. ^ Italiano, Laura (June 22, 2013). "'Kill Whitey' Panther is held on gun rap". New York Post. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  3. ^ Michael Powell and Jodi Kantor (2008-06-18). "Michelle Obama Looks for a New Introduction". New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Saturday Night Live, Richard Pryor/Gil Scott-Heron, Quotes". IMDb. Retrieved 26 September 2014.

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