Here is video that has been travelling around these here intertubes of Michael Steele promoting his new magnum opus. In it, he throws in the phrase “honest injun.”
I’ve never thought of the word “injun” to be as offensive as some other terms in the continuum of racial epithets that our country has come up with over the last two centuries (my Native American readers can feel free to disabuse me of that notion if it is necessary), but the use of the phrase is, at best, ignorant. By the way, Steele has promised to make the Republican Party more modern and more relevant to “the streets.” Is using an offensive phrase that went out of style when F Troop went off the air his way of doing that? Is this some PoMo experiment I just don’t get?