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Why are white people called "Mr. Charley?"

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35yoamom

Asked by 35yoamom at 11:11 PM on Aug. 21, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I have no idea... I have never heard that before!
    MommaofH2

    Answer by MommaofH2 at 11:12 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • I never heard "white" people called that before
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 11:12 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • In Vietnam, my dad was called Charley...i have no idea why though.
    Youngwifey2

    Answer by Youngwifey2 at 11:14 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • Yes I am looking at The Boondocks and I have heard people call other white folks Mr. Charley so I was wondering if anyone knew.
    35yoamom

    Comment by 35yoamom (original poster) at 11:14 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • from wikipedia... so take it or leave it

    Charlie
    Mildly derogatory term used by African Americans, mainly in the 1960s and 1970s, to refer to a white person (from James Baldwin's novel, Blues For Mr. Charlie).
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:16 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • The only people I know who were called Charley were the Viet Kong.
    pinkdragon36

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 11:16 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • (U.S.) A term used by American troops during the Vietnam War as a short-hand term for communist guerrillas: it was shortened from "Victor Charlie," the radio code designation for Viet Cong, or VC
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 11:17 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_slurs_by_ethnicity
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 11:17 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • Never heard of that and I'm in my forties. Thanks for allowing me to learn something new today!
    m-avi

    Answer by m-avi at 11:19 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • I never knew this term for whites...I heard of honkey but that is about it
    wheresthewayout

    Answer by wheresthewayout at 11:22 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

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