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Are you guilty of racism against chavs?

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BLEEPyouYOUbleepingBLEEP Wed 14-Oct-09 18:27:18

I was listening to Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 earlier, and they were talking about how feelings are running high in some white, working class areas where people feel they're being ignored by the government (which some might say is a blessing!)

Jeremy asked, in a totally serious tone 'Should the term chav not be used because it could be considered racist?'

Unfortunately, I was laughing so hard I missed the answer he was given.

So perhaps you could give me the answer, could chavs be considered a race in themselves?

(If you're still not sure what a chav is, just put it into google images...veeery enlightening)

overmydeadbody Wed 14-Oct-09 18:29:19

Of course they are a race in themselves.

GhoulsAreLoud Wed 14-Oct-09 18:30:53

I think you can be black or Asian and be a 'chav'.

overmydeadbody Wed 14-Oct-09 18:30:59

But the term 'chav' is rather vulgar really, and a derogatory nickname for a group of people which isn't very nice (regarldess of how we feel about that group of people)

overmydeadbody Wed 14-Oct-09 18:32:08

That is true Ghouls, but usually they are second or thrid or more generation, so assimilating the cuture they find themselves in.

LynetteScavo Wed 14-Oct-09 18:32:39

Chavs are a class of the new century, surely.

mrsruffallo Wed 14-Oct-09 18:33:06

Why would it be a blessing that white working class people should be ignored by the government.
Chav has come to mean working class in general (evident in your OP too)
I think they seem to be the one group it is pc to take the piss out of- they are not an ethnic minority, just uneducated. No reason to ignore then though.
FWIW I am working class, fairly well educated and I don't consider myself a chav.

retiredgoth2 Wed 14-Oct-09 18:33:25


Some of my best friends wear grubby sportswear and shop at ASDA.



More acquaintances than friends, really...

overmydeadbody Wed 14-Oct-09 18:34:06

The reason I don;t like 'chavs' is because of their attitude though, not because of what they look like, so I don;t tihnk that is racist.

Morloth Wed 14-Oct-09 18:34:21

A chavs of a single racial group? I thought is was for people who wore lots of bling and fake Burberry and for the girls with Croydon facelifts and that weird drawn on eyebrow look.

It is not very nice, but I am not it is racist.

mrsruffallo Wed 14-Oct-09 18:34:46

You do sound smug,OP. I can imagine you braying loudly and spluttering your coffee all over your aga.

overmydeadbody Wed 14-Oct-09 18:37:18

MrsRuffalo I don;t think chav means the same thing as working class, although all 'chavs' also belong to the working class.

I didn't tihnk the working class was ignored by the government?hmm

BLEEPyouYOUbleepingBLEEP Wed 14-Oct-09 18:37:28

mrsruffallo - I meant that it's a blessing to not come under the scrutiny of this government, who either criminalise whole groups of people, or find some way of applying a stealth tax on them through 'fines', no slur at all on white, working class people at all smile

Miggsie Wed 14-Oct-09 18:37:43

OK...define "chav"...what does it encapsulate? Not the dictionary definition...what does it mean to you?

My guess at a female chav (stands by to be flamed) is:
shops at Primark and considers this the height of sophistication
names children Tiffany or Chardonnay or names of charaters from soaps
Drags kids to school yelling "shut up" while dragging scarey looking dogs

Male chav:
drinks beer in street
scratches arse in street
yells "shut the f** up" to their kids
has scarey looking dog

Because if "chav" is close to racist, then surely "snob" must be?
Because anyone using the word "chav" tends to get called a "snob".

Or are they both a sub species rather than a race?

So that's species-ist then.

overmydeadbody Wed 14-Oct-09 18:38:41

retiredgoth I don't think wearing grubby sportswear and shopping at asda make you a chav, only your attitude makes you one.

phoebeophelia Wed 14-Oct-09 18:39:51


Council House and Van!

overmydeadbody Wed 14-Oct-09 18:42:05

Miggsie I think it really is more about attitude.

They are usually quite ignorant, self centred, materialistic with don't give a fuck attitudes who think the world is against them and they need to give people agro all the time. they also have very specific taste in clothes and home furnishings etc. but this can be shared with perfectly respectable normal working class people.

I will leave this thread now, they always turn nasty.

mrsruffallo Wed 14-Oct-09 18:43:13

FFS What's wrong with living in a council house and driving a van?
This is nonsense

Tortington Wed 14-Oct-09 18:44:07

its a derogatory term like pikey

its just not nice is it?

and i bet y'al think your nice people whilst making assumptions and taking the piss

Tortington Wed 14-Oct-09 18:44:58

council house and violent - never heard van before. unless they mean gippo pikey van ofcourse

imean that;s ok to say too right?

ThisPhantomPlopsPumpkins Wed 14-Oct-09 18:45:33

council house and van??

What a ridiculous comment.

SomeGuy Wed 14-Oct-09 18:46:15

I come from working class stock (at one remove anyway). It's wrong to look down on people for being 'council house and van', but it's equally wrong to imply that the reason people behave like scum is because they are white working class.

That to me seems to be the implication of patronising white BBC types like Jeremy Vine saying that it's racist - that they can't help their behaviour, that it's somehow ain inherent racial trait. Of course it's not!

wb Wed 14-Oct-09 18:46:41

Don't like the term. Don't think it's racist.

SomeGuy Wed 14-Oct-09 18:47:27

Just to clarify, my grandparents were white working class, but they didn't (and nor was it considered typical) to behave in anti-social 'chav-like manner'.

pasturesnew Wed 14-Oct-09 18:48:41

I think it is a racist term, as in, literally racist, as I believe it originates from a Romany word so it started off as a nasty way to talk about gypsies, which I am not sure if is actually a racist term as well - Romani peoples, maybe?

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