Gyroscope Review 16-4 - Page 24

IIII. In my Brooklyn neighborhood, some Italians and Jews used code: Black people were moulinyans (eggplants) and shvartzers (blacks). When those epithets became familiar to their subjects, my Jewish mother spoke of kuzines. “They won’t know it’s them,” she explained, “if we use the word for cousins.” Gyroscope Review 16-4 Page 1! 4