Monday, April 16, 2007

Blog: "Blair's "taco" comments aren't too intelligent"

I'm a little behind here, as I don't check the blog section every day, but I'm keeping an eye out to see whether traffic picks up.

John Kamin makes the first mention I've seen in the Courier of a story I pointed out on April 4, and doesn't pull the punch, so he gets a cookie. I've got a couple niggles and a prod, though.

Niggle 1: Blair wasn't referring just to illegals, but rather to everyone of Hispanic heritage. In the back of his mind, I'm sure, was the Lincoln neighborhood's common nickname among Prescott natives: Taco Flats.

Niggle 2: He angered more than the direct targets of his derision. There are a lot of us out here who think this sort of behavior is absolutely out of bounds for a public official, radio host or no.

Prod: 'Jackass Flats' has sort of become the derisive name for PV, but it didn't start that way. It was the standard name for the area until about '66.


leftturnclyde said...

If you don't know if a term is offensive and whether you should use it in everyday speech,
is anybody out there not sure that
'taco flipper" was being used in the most insulting way possible ?
and Im proud that I live in Jackass flatts..sounds like a place in arizona and it describes the behaviour of the citty council and mayor down here.

Anonymous said...

From what I've heard during my time as PV reporter, the actual "jackass flats" were the plateau-ish area to the east of StoneRidge. I've been told that's where the Fains used to keep their jackasses, thus the name. Is that what you've heard too?

John P. Kamin

Steven Ayres said...

I haven't heard anything about how the name was derived. What you've described is certainly plausible.

JPK said...

A reporter asked Larry Tarkowski about this today, and the reporter sent back the following in an e-mail to me:
"He (Tarkowski) says the reason for jackass flats is that there was a wagon road that ran through the area and the wagons were pulled by jackasses."
I'd imagine that the road could be the old Black Canyon Highway.