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  •  From that out of context quote (4+ / 0-)
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    Dream It Real, Lujane, novapsyche, mrkvica

    it looks like they're contrasting his short height with his large stature in the criminal underworld.
    But that's just my interpretation of it.

    •  It had something to do with a nickname his (3+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, Kevskos, MarkC

      Grandmother had given him: "shrimp boy."

      He was tiny when he was born apparently.

      The comment was a little off. I could see them making it about an Italian-, Mexican-  or African-American man.

      Would they have the audacity to say the same thing about an adult  WASP dude?

      I'm not sure they would.

      It felt like a statement steeped in privilege.  

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:44:48 AM PDT

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    •  That looks like the intent, (0+ / 0-)

      but it doesn't necessarily come across that way. Then again, context (such as the "Shrimp Boy" nickname that other Chinatown mobsters knew him by) might rescue it.

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