“I hate the g**ks,” McCain said in response to a question from reporters aboard his campaign bus. “I will hate them as long as I live.”
Let me replace the cuss word in this sentence so it’s not as harsh. “I hate the Asians. I will hate them as long as I live.”
He said this February 17th, 2000, and 8 years later, has yet to apologize. In fact, he refuses to apologize, for this slur.
Contrary to belief, this slur didn’t originally refer to the Vietnamies. Korea is traditionally called Han-gook, much like Germany is called Deutschland to native speakers. Therefore, calling a Korean a “g**k” is like calling an Hispanic person a “sp*k” or a person from Nigeria a…you get the idea.
The slur took on a much more powerful meaning when the U.S. Military applied it to the Vietnamese in 1967, thereby also implying that there is no heritage importance to Asia, or any discernable difference between any Asian. 30 years later it is universally accepted to be a derogatory term towards Asians.