Playing With: Racist Grandma
: An elderly person who carries racist attitudes and/or uses racial terms now considered derogatory.
- Straight: Alice refers to Bob as "that negro over there."
- Alice treats Bob like he's there to serve her even though he isn't.
- Alice upbraids Bob for not being out in the cotton fields toiling, and demands to know where his "master" is.
- Downplayed: Alice ignores Bob in a reception line because she doesn't shake hands with black people.
- Alice is unaware that the term "colored" is no longer acceptable.
- Alice hasn't been around many different-race people in her life; anyone who looks different really stands out to her.
- Alice grew up in a time when her behavior would have been seen as normal and acceptable, and has a hard time accepting that times (and standards of behavior) have changed.
- Or, she has accepted that times have changed, but is going senile.
- Alice is a member of a Neo-Nazi group.
- Subverted: Alice uses no unacceptable terms in reference to Bob.
- Double Subverted: But she keeps staring at him because he looks different and/or regards him with suspicion.
- Parodied: Alice has the attitudes towards racial matters of the Deep South in the Fifties. The Eighteen-Fifties.
- Zig Zagged:
- Alice doesn't show outdated prejudice against people of color—as long as they're professionally dressed and groomed. Any variation from business attire brings out her bigoted side.
- While Alice does refer to blacks as negro she was and is a major civil rights activist. If called upon it she apologizes for it but unfortunately has trouble remembering.
- Alice uses no racially-insensitive terms.
- Alice never meets or sees Bob.
- Alice only refers to Bob as "The darker skinned gentleman" there, and asks for his name so she can use that rather than descriptors for him.
- Enforced: The story takes place in the South sometime after the period of the Civil Rights Movement, Alice is from an older generation that still caries some racist attitudes.
- Lampshaded: "I'm sorry, Bob...Grandma hasn't caught on with the whole PC movement..."
- Invoked: Alice can't reach something at the supermarket, and requests (or demands) help from Bob.
- Exploited: Alice is running for City Council and her opponent sets up a situation with Bob to reveal her outdated views.
- Alice doesn't want to be seen as racist, so she reaches for the MacGuffin herself.
- Someone informs Alice of the social changes of the last few decades, and Alice makes an effort to comply with current social norms. (But not in a Totally Radical way.)
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
- Deconstructed: Bob is one of her grandson Charlie's best friends and their relationship becomes strained.
- Played For Drama: Bob takes Alice's remarks personally.
I don't want to be the one who has to back to the main trope
and tell Gran that she doesn't have N-Word Privileges