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Slur debated

Local people of Polish descent give opinions on slur

Sportscaster used derogatory term during NCAA game

Standing in Schenectady's Casimir Pulaski Park on Monday, Joe Kaczynski, left, and St. Adalbert's Church deacon Joe Cechnicki talk about CBS sports announcer Andrew Catalon's use of a slur during a  basketball game.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Standing in Schenectady's Casimir Pulaski Park on Monday, Joe Kaczynski, left, and St. Adalbert's Church deacon Joe Cechnicki talk about CBS sports announcer Andrew Catalon's use of a slur during a basketball game.
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Joe Kaczynski remembers when the term “Polack” was in pretty common usage on the streets of Schenectady. “Growing up in the ’50s and ’60s,” he said, “I was part of a big Polish community in Schenectady. You’d hear it on the street. ‘You dumb Polack.’ ” Polack, a generally derogatory word for people of Polish descent, is a bit less common now. That’s why Kaczynski, a leader at the historically Polish congregation of the Church of ...

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