I wonder if Louise McDowell understands the irony of her Sunday comment (Letters). She uses the “Eenie, meenie, minie, moe” rhyme to assert her opinion that some letter writers are racist. But she appears to have missed the point behind Lewis Diuguid’s ongoing crusade against it.
By his standard, any use of the rhyme is racist, regardless of whether the person using it intended it to be so. That makes her comments every bit as racist and insensitive as Boulevard Brewing Co. or the flight attendant on the airline or the millions of children who never learned or used the horrid, original of the rhyme — even though McDowell appears to agree with Diuguid’s opinion on the topic.
I guess the only remaining question is whether or not Diuguid would condemn McDowell’s usage of the rhyme or if he would be willing to cut her some slack because her opinion, and her intent, more closely matches his own.