Originally Posted by scrabbler1
...To me, the worst case of PC gone totally awry was when in 1999 David Howard, a white aide to Washington D.C.'s black mayor Anthony Williams, used the word "niggardly" in reference to a budget...
This is another example of someone saying something that means one thing to the speaker, and something entirely different to a listener who misinterprets his meaning.
Not exactly the same, but reminds me of the "Little monkey" remark Howard Cosell made years ago. He had used the term before without controversy, but one time it caught someones ear and they demanded an apology, which as I recall he refused.
Thinking about that makes me wonder if Kris Kringle asking young Natalie Wood to act like a monkey in the Miracle on 34th Street could be done nowadays if the little girl happened to be black.