What is a coon

What is a coon DEFAULT

Derogatory term for black people. Similar to "nigger." Originally a shortened form of the word "raccoon," used in reference to the animal. The black eye masks and noctural habits of the animal paralleled the characteristics of typical robbers and thiefs. The stereotype was then applied to black people.

FORREST: Hi, Earl! What’s goin’ on?
EARL: Coons are tryin’ to get into school.
FORREST: Coons!? Well, raccoons try to get on our back porch, Momma just chase ’em off with a broom.
EARL: Not raccoons, you idiot, niggers. And, they want to go to school with us.
FORREST: (with much surprise) With us? They do?

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noun

Informal. raccoon.

Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Black person.

Informal. a fellow, especially a rustic or undignified person: Go home, you old coon!

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Origin of coon

An Americanism dating back to 1735–45; shortening of raccoon

Words nearby coon

coom, Coomaraswamy, coomb, Coombs' serum, Coombs' test, coon, coonass, cooncan, coon cat, coon cheese, coon dog

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ABOUT THIS WORD

What does coon mean?

Content warning: this article includes content dealing with racism.

Coon is an extremely offensive slur for a Black person. It’s rooted in the racist history of Blackface and comes from a shortening of raccoon.

Where does coon come from?

As a shortened form of raccoon, the word coon is first recorded in the mid-1700s. In the early 1800s, coon was a nickname for a sly person, likened to the clever shiftiness of the animal. Also in the early 1800s, coon was used as a nickname for a member of the Whig political party, who used the animal as their mascot, apparently embracing the animal for its scrappiness.

By the 1800s, coon was also being used as an extremely offensive slur for Black people, apparently due to racist comparisons to the appearance or behavior of raccoons. Coon was popularized by a Blackface minstrel song, “Zip Coon,” published around 1830 and notoriously performed by George Dixon. The song gave rise to Zip Coon as a Blackface character, stereotyping and vilifying the speech, appearance, and behavior of Black people.

Both the song “Zip Coon” and its resulting character gave rise to coon songs, a racist genre of music and parody of Black culture popular between around 1880–1920, often accompanied by Blackface in performance and advertising.

Leading up to the Civil War, through the Jim Crow era and into the 20th century, coon has remained an extremely offensive racial slur against Black people. In its history, coon has also been used to disparage Native American and Aboriginal peoples.

Much less heinous is the Maine Coon or Maine Coon cat, a breed of cat known for its long hair, large size, and striking coloring, which might be said to resemble the markings on a raccoon. Folk tales like to claim the cat is actually part raccoon, but the cats were probably bred from long-haired cats carried over to the American continent on ships from Europe. Coon cat is also a name for the cacomistle, a smaller relative of the raccoon.

How is coon used in real life?

The racial slur coon not only implies many intensely harmful stereotypes about Black people but it also dredges up the painful history of Blackface.

Because of its history as a slur, avoid using coon as a shortened form for raccoon. As a clipping of raccoon, coon does appear, however, in coonskin, a raccoon pelt, mostly as seen in the coonskin cap associated with such American frontiersmen as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett.

Please note: occasionally, Black people may use coon as a term for another Black person who betrays the Black community in favor of white people or culture (cf. Uncle Tom).

Maine Coons, however, are beloved—and quite massive. Best to refer to them by the full name Maine Coon cat, though.

More examples of coon:

“The students tried to suggest the racial slurs were not racial at all, just a play on their names. One student whose last name is Kuhn said the word Coon was just a way to have fun with his name, but the school district and basketball league are not buying it.”
—Tribune Media, January 2018

“A review by Kentucky Democratic Party into Sen. Wheeler’s social media accounts revealed these instances are not the first time he has used racially divisive language or messaging. In December, Sen. Wheeler also used the word “coon” to describe the Virginia governor as well as blamed “mass refugee resettlement” for a policy position he did not like.
—Berry Craig, Kentucky State AFL-CIO, January 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for coon


noun

informal short for raccoon

offensive, slanga Black person or a native Australian

Southern Africanoffensivea person of mixed race

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coon

coon

(ko͞on)
n.

1. Informal A raccoon.

2. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a black person.


[Short for raccoon. Sense 2, perhaps after Zip Coon, an African-American character (depicted as an upstart freeman) in the song "Zip Coon" frequently sung in 19th-century blackface minstrel shows (the character perhaps being so named in reference to the black facial mask of the raccoon and to the practice of hunting and eating raccoons frequently mentioned in minstrel show songs), possibly influenced by 19th-century slang coon, rural white American (often one of modest means and opposed to the slave-owning Southern establishment), fellow, so called in reference to the association of coonskin with American frontiersmen.]

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

coon

(kuːn)
n

1. (Animals) informal short for raccoon

2. (Peoples) offensiveslang a Black person or a native Australian

3. (Peoples) offensiveSouth African a person of mixed race

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

coon

(kun)

n.

usage: Definition 2 is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting.

n.

1. raccoon.

2. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.)

[1735–45, Amer.; short for raccoon]

Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Noun1.coon - an eccentric or undignified rustic; "I'll be a gone coon when the battle starts"

rustic - an unsophisticated country person

2.coon - (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person; "only a Black can call another Black a nigga"

jigaboo, nigga, nigger, nigra, spade

derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something

ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language

Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroid, Black - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)

3.coon - North American raccooncoon - North American raccoon    

common raccoon, common racoon, Procyon lotor, ringtail

racoon, raccoon - an omnivorous nocturnal mammal native to North America and Central America

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Translations

Waschbär

coon

[kuːn]N

1. (Zool) = raccoon

2. (= Negro) → negro/a m/f (pej)

Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

coon

n

(Zool) → Waschbärm

(very offensive sl) → Niggerm (very offensive)

Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

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What should Black folk do with the word coon?

Through peculiar public theatrics, Kanye West and Terry Crews transformed these trying months into the Summer of the Coon.

The slur, because of West’s fraught relationship with President Donald Trump, has hounded the rapper over the last few years. His decision to enter the presidential race, although he has no chance of winning as Republican operatives boost his candidacy, launched renewed coon accusations at him. Most recently, at a disturbing campaign rally in July, West declared that Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves,” but rather, “she just had the slaves go work for other white people.” Many responded with coon taunts.

Crews’ behavior, although far less problematic, has likewise attracted coon criticisms.

Are all white people bad?

No.

Are all black people good?

No.

Knowing this reality- I stand on my decision to unite with good people, no matter the race, creed or ideology.

Given the number of threats against this decision-

I also decide to die on this hill.

— terry crews (@terrycrews) July 4, 2020

If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology.

We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter

— terry crews (@terrycrews) June 30, 2020

Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth.

Like it or not, we are all in this together.

— terry crews (@terrycrews) June 7, 2020

In this time of racial reckoning, critics charged him with authoring tweets that distract from the racial justice message and instead focus on defeating straw man arguments. These sentiments probably inspired rapper Rick Ross’ caustic line about the actor: “Terry Crews is another coon who was basically bought.”

Tired of being constantly called a coon, Crews sought to reclaim it to much derision:

CONQUER
OUR
OWN
NEGATIVITY

— terry crews (@terrycrews) July 28, 2020

Moving away from West and Crews, should Black folk even be uttering an epithet fraught with such an ugly history?

I think the answer has to be yes — it describes a particular Black person who can exist. We should pressure people not to behave like coons, not pressure Black folk against calling out people whose behaviors meet the definition.

Let’s start with the epithet’s history.

Coon, derived from racoon, originates from a minstrel character, Zip Coon, first portrayed in the 1830s by a white actor in blackface. Perhaps Zip Coon’s signature song sounds familiar:

The coon character long survived in plays and American cinema, most notably in the performances of Stepin Fetchit in the 1930s. Historian Donald Bogle described the coon character with brutal precision: “Before its death, the coon developed into the most blatantly degrading of all Black stereotypes. The pure coons emerged as no-account n—–s, those unreliable, crazy, lazy, subhuman creatures good for nothing more than eating watermelons, stealing chickens, shooting crap or butchering the English language.”

Black folk have repurposed coon, transforming it into an intraracial slur to castigate a certain type of Black person who betrays the race. I’ve written about racial betrayal in my book, In Defense of Uncle Tom: Why Blacks Must Police Racial Loyalty, but I didn’t specifically deal with the epithet coon. But a coon, as used today, tracks fairly closely with Uncle Tom. I say a coon is a Black person who puts on a specific performance for white people — a performance whereby a Black person says things or performs acts to ingratiate himself or herself in exchange for the social rewards white folk can grant. It’s a quid pro quo. I dance the way you want me to, and you shower me with benefits I covet. I am not calling West or Crews a coon. I use the extreme case of Uncle Tom to booster my point that using coon against Black folk who are complicit with white supremacy is defensible.

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Here’s an extreme case: Take, for instance, a Black radio host who says Black people should thank God for slavery and defends Jim Crow. Such remarks excuse white supremacy in exchange for economic rewards that accrue to a Black person willing to utter such nonsense.

Also, in the truest sense of the word, I think “cooning” is necessarily a public act. One cannot coon in the dark. Returning to the minstrel character, he performed his act onstage. Central to the damage the coon inflicts upon the broader Black population is that the coon’s behavior can be witnessed by many. If a Black guy says in the privacy of his own home that racism doesn’t exist, he’s obviously wrong. Yet, his behavior, I don’t think, doesn’t meet the exact definition of cooning. The moment he goes on television and says it, however, we have reached a CLE — coon-level event.

Thus, we have this definition: (1) Public performance and either (2) the quid pro quo scenario or (3) behavior that excuses/denies obvious instances of racism or white supremacy. Anyone who meets this definition, by doing (1) and then either (2) or (3), is guilty of cooning.

I’m sure most Black folk grimace in misery after being derogated with such an offensive slur. I wrote a piece explaining why I no longer use the N-word. I reasoned that I could not divorce the slur from its original meaning, that I could not divorce the slur from the internalized oppression of my ancestors. Coon sprang forth from a similar, although far less egregious, set of historical realities. Why not just make this word off-limits too?

The answer comes down to self-protection. All populations have interests. Once a person act against the interests of their population, the person becomes a traitor. And populations must guard against the damage a traitor can unleash on the rest of the group.

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Black folk have group interests — an opposition to white supremacy, a desire to secure happiness in a world where anti-Black racism dedicates itself to deny life’s joys.

Epithets such as coon instill intraracial discipline — they teach individual Black folk that certain behaviors that damage the group’s interests will not be tolerated and will incur penalties. Black folk who work on behalf of white supremacy deserve criticism, but that doesn’t strip them of their Blackness.

Yes, being called a coon tends to wound the spirit. But black folk must be allowed to protect themselves against members who sabotage the race’s wellbeing.

Brando Simeo Starkey is an associate editor at The Undefeated and the author of In Defense of Uncle Tom: Why Blacks Must Police Racial Loyalty. He crawled through a river of books and came out brilliant on the other side.

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Is a coon what

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She always believed and was determined that the first time she would have with her husband, after the wedding and not otherwise.

What is a coon

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on the floor for a lady. That lady was me.

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