sand nigger

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From sand +‎ nigger, referring to the several deserts located in much of the region.


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sand nigger (plural sand niggers)

  1. (derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Middle Eastern or North African descent.
  2. (derogatory, offensive, religious slur) A Muslim.
    • 1996, Pony Duke, Jason Thomas, Too Rich: The Family Secrets of Doris Duke, page 206:
      Lafferty would point to one cracked Islamic plate ( which was in a case in the dining room in Honolulu ) and say “ can you believe this piece of shit is worth millions of dollars ? ' Lafferty would say the Islamic art was made by ' sand niggers '.
    • 2003, Jennifer Spangler, A Memorial to Terrorism's Victims, page 7:
      [] which included a drive-by shooting at a mosque in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and verbal and physical assaults on Muslims who were called “sand niggers."
    • 2008, Katherine Pratt Ewing, Being and Belonging: Muslims in the United States Since 9/11, page 84:
      At local universities, there were a few incidents of students spitting on and throwing rocks at Muslim women. Verbal violence was also reported. One teenage interviewee described separate incidents in which two brothers were called sand niggers, and one was brutally beaten.
    • 2015, Jared William Carter, The Southern Saint of Tennessee:
      We didn't hate blacks anymore we hated Muslims. They were the new type of niggers to all the Navy men and us, and veterans in our town called them “sand niggers."


  • Finnish: hiekkaneekeri (calque)