A beer commercial wherein a hard-bitten leader in a tough spot rallies his troops with the following words:
"Whites: you gave us freedom and the rule of law!
"Blacks: you gave us our greatest sports heroes and pop music stars!
"Hispanics...Hispanics...you ummm...you ummm...you ummm..."
At which point the crowd break out in cries of "Sod off!" "Yeah!" "Sod off!"
And so the Hispanics creep away, in confusion and resentment, accompanied by the jeers of the mob.
Or, perhaps more to the point, how about this:
Our fearless leader intones:
"Christians: you gave us the way and the truth and the life!
"Muslims: you gave us modern mathematics and historiography!
"Jews...Jews...you ummm...you ummm...you ummm..."
"Sod off!" "Yeah!" "Sod off!"
And so the Jews creep away etc...
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So here's my question: is there some reason why somebody like me, who spent more than forty years of his life suffering through the godawful century of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro & Pol Pot, to find slurs based on class &/or occupation any more acceptable - let alone amusing! - than the kind based on race &/or religion?