Sand Nigger

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Meaning


What does Sand Nigger mean?

The term Sand Nigger refers to a person of Middle Eastern descent. It is a very degrading and a racist term.

It is mainly directed towards Arabs and not African people but it is still a very offensive expression to use around them.

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Origin of the term

The origin of the term is based on that most of the Arabic people have African descent, and they live in desert regions.

That’s the reason of the word combination of “Sand” and “Nigger”. The term seems to make an appearance around the 2000’s.

Spread of the term

There are memes, Youtube videos and Reddit posts about the term. There are multiple entries on Urban Dictionary, and the first was written in 2003 and the top definition has over 8500 likes.

On the 8th of October 2016 one of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee’s e-mail was leaked containing the term “Sand Nigger”.

The leaked message was circulating around social media with the claim that Clinton had used the term to describe Muslims, and because of that she received a lot of backlash.

But the screenshot of the e-mail showed that the Democratic presidential candidate didn’t use the term herself. It was an opinion piece written by an Israeli author called David Grossman and it was translated and shared with Hillary Clinton.

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James posted on 7-27-2020:

Actually, the term “sand nigger” was used back in the 1980s. I remember reading it in one of the “Truly Tasteless Jokes” books.



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