Re:Chink's Changing Its Name
I posted on another forum on the subject.
The above article [from phillyeater.com] says it was not a racial slur but a Philly.com article quotes, "That was his boyhood nickname. In 2004, Sam's widow wrote a letter to the Daily News to explain how, as a 7-year-old in 1930 at James Blaine Elementary School, Sam was so branded with the slur by classmates who noted that his eyes were almond-shaped."
So, is it ok to retain a racial slur nickname because back in the old days it was ok to walk around and call people "chinks?" At some point in society's progress, I think we need to move on. Granted, the present owner is free to call it whatever he likes but profits may dictate what he does.
Before I read the article I had some mixed feelings about it and had thought the name was not based a racial slur. I compared it to folks who are offended by the word "niggardly" which has no common root whatsoever with the racial epithet. Just because a word sounds bad doesn't mean it is. However, I'm now reading two different stories for the basis of the name.
Reminds me of elementary school where the word "muktuk" was used in a lesson and after learning the word is an Inuit word for whale blubber, we named the fat kid in the class "Muktuk." It was later shortened to "Tuck" but remained with him all the way through high school, even used by teachers and coaches. Because we were cruel and insensitve when we were five years old, doesn't mean we have to stay that way.
Food related, I haven't had one from Chinks only because I haven't found myself in the neighborhood when the siren song of cheesesteaks calls. It's on my list though.
I don't fault the original owner for accepting his nickname. 1930 was a long time ago. And yes, he turned it into a successful business. But I don't think that we have to lament the passing of the name and point fingers at PC behavior as the culprit when all that is occurring is that someone showed some maturity.