If the speaker doesn't understand the meaning of a certain phrase, can uttering . . . it still be considered racist? I remember reading a while ago about an overbooked flight in the U.S where a member of the airline had to pick a passenger to be denied service. He used the "eenie meanie miney moe, catch a tiger by the toe if he hollars let him go eenie meanie miney moe" method where on every syllable he points at a different person--going around in a circle or whatever. Apparently he wound up pointing at a black person, who found his method racist. When I first read the article (months ago--or was it years? it doesn't matter anyway) I didn't understand what could possibly be racist about "eenie meanie miney moe". As it turns out, however, they used to say a word that begins with "N" used to describe black people in place of "tiger". I was never aware of this, and if the pilot wasn't aware either--should the airline's method still be considered racist?