Purrageous Mom here. We had an entire post that we were going to do today but after reading the comments from yesterday's post, I am very upset. Apparently our newest kitten's name is offensive to some. And it is considered by some to be antisemitic. Reading this made me cry.
First of all, I want to say that I had no knowledge that this name was ever used as a racial slur. We named the kitten after a character that we loved out of a book and a musical. The character was described as having grey hair and beard and since the kitten was grey, we thought it was a good match. Secondly, the idea that some people may think we are antisemitic is really bothersome as I am of Jewish desent and had family that were murdered in concentration camps during World War II. I realize that I could go on and on and try to defend myself, but I also realize that its probably pointless for some. After living in the South all of my life I understand that racism is racism and some people are never going to believe me when I proclaim my ignorance and my innocence. You will think what you will think and that makes me even sadder.
The idea that something that was so fun has now turned a lot less than fun is painful. I will speak to my husband about changing the kitten's name and I may delete this blog as apaprently it is ripe with racial slurs. If I do that I do not know whether I will start another one. I refuse to spend my time and energy on anything where I am known as a racist and an antisemite. This has hit me really hard, just knowing that I, who has always been taught about the horrible things that was done to my family, may now be classified with those monsters. I am not asking for your sympathy, I may just be saying good bye.