Letter: Your Word Choice Was Offensive
To the Editor:
Hate speech is hate speech. Your use of the word “gypsy” in a headline — “Vermont Is Path for Gypsy Trek,” Dec. 7 — is no less an inflammatory racial slur than using the “N” word. That was an Associated Press article, but you could have edited the story, and you certainly could have chosen a different word for the headline. And by not including a paragraph (or even a sentence) explaining the offensive nature of the word “gypsy,” you missed an important opportunity to educate your readers.