I think he just uses the terms in an accurate manner and doesn't avoid certain terms simply because people commonly misconstrue them as negatively connotated terms.I would never think to call ANY group "a mongrel people". Seems very odd to me. Does he intentionally say things to get a rise out of people?
The definition of "mongrel" in websters is :
The term is absolutley accurate in the context he gave it in.Main Entry: mon·grel
Pronunciation: \ˈmäŋ-grəl, ˈməŋ-\
Etymology: Middle English, probably from mong mixture, short for ymong, from Old English gemong crowd — more at among
Date: 15th century
1 : an individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds or strains; especially : one of unknown ancestry
2 : a cross between types of persons or things
The issue is that most peopel jump om the connotation first, something I myself am guilty of. For example, when I saw the title of this thread, I clicked on it because my initial thought was "WTF kind of quesiton is that?!?!?"
This is because I'm as guilty as the next person of thinking abou the negative connotations of the word before thinking about the actual literal definition of the word.
But when I read the statement in context, I realized that the literal definition was being used, not the negatively connotated colloquial version of the word.
I'd like to think that race didn't matter regarding my realization, but I have to admit, I am unsure of that.
It's easier to realize that there was no negative connotation when it was a black guy.
Now, I know that political lean wouldn't matter for me. But I have to admit that there is chance that there is some degree of double standard regarding the race of the person making the comment.