Obligatory this happened yesterday and not today. Yesterday I saw a Raccoon walking around outside my apartment, so I took a video of it and put it on my Snapchat story saying “look at this coon over there.” Later in the day, I went to the gym and on the way home, I saw that same Raccoon walking around and climbing a tree. I walked up to about 5 feet away from it and starting talking to it. “Hey little coon, how’s it going? I hope you’re not one of those bad coons thats gonna bite me, or that you’re a rabid coon. That would suck.” Then I walked away. I live in a predominately African American neighborhood, and I got a couple of weird looks from my neighbors. I shrugged it off as the neighbors thinking I was weird for talking to a raccoon, which I am. Anyways, I got inside my apartment and joined my buddies discord server and told him about the raccoon I saw, abbreviating it the way I usually do. He then proceeded to tell me that “coon” is a seriously messed up derogatory term. I felt so bad, my whole life I’ve been calling them that because I always thought it was a shortened version of “raccoon.” I literally yelled out in my apartment “I’m sorry everyone! I’m not racist!” Either way, I feel horrible.
I learned that you can’t abbreviate Raccoon because it’s a racial slur