Sometimes when I hear a racial slur of any kind, especially if it's the first time hearing it, I often wonder where the term came from, and why it became offensive. So I've started this thread concerning racial slurs and where they came from. NOTE: That said, I want this to remain a factual discussion only. Please, no trolling or flame wars. I do not want this thread closed because someone can't keep their opinions and their goading to themselves. Thanks! I'll begin with the term 'honkey'. Since I'm white, it's only fair. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honky Before I went and looked this up, I didn't know that's where the term came from. As for the statement in bold, I'm assuming that blacks took the original term and just ran with it given the racial issues going on at that time?