It noted in the story that offense is taken more when you are in the minority because it's more offensive when it's more threatening. Here's the piece from the story:
Originally Posted by Perotista
If some Caucasians in Greeley, Colo., find little reason to feel offended, maybe it is because they have little reason to feel threatened by the Fightin' Whities name. Caucasians in, say, Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe has not made white farmers feel very welcome in recent years, might feel a bit more anxious about jokes at their expense.
And it makes sense to me. When I lived in Augusta, GA there was definitely the black neighborhoods and the white neighborhoods. I was in a black neighborhood and a car drove by and said, "hey white boy!" and it clearly wasn't in a nice tone. I was the only white guy around so it was definitely me that was being targeted. It kind of made me feel like crap at the time. Like the whole, "you are different and you aren't welcome here" crappy feeling. I got a little pissed. Not a lot but some for sure. I don't think it'd have bothered me that much if I were in an area where I wasn't the minority.
Funny part that made me feel even less good about all that was that there was a light skinned black guy that was between me and the car and he didn't see me so when they said "hey white boy!" he shouted back at them "I AIN'T WHITE!" to which I had to put him at ease and say... "they were talking about me" which he then noticed I was there. Made me feel even more crappy because that reaffirmed the negativity of being white and being there at the same time.