Battambang in Cambodia. His diocese embraces 14 provinces with a
population of more than four million. Kike is a man of immense
compassion and understanding of the people of Cambodia, and has
developed the services of the Society of Jesus in this country to best
meet the needs of people recovering from 30 years of war.
A friend who is both a humorist and a man of G-d wrote to him today and said:
Dear Monsignor Enrique Figaredo,
KIKE Figaredo , sir, in the name of God, please do not use this
nickname KIKE anymore, it is a slur word against JEWISH PEOPLE, i saw
it in the newspaper today and, as a Jewish man who loves the work you Jesuits do around the world, i am deeply insulted that a
man of God like you would do this...i know you do not know this...but
could you use your full
name Enrique or just nickname of RIKE or RIQUE,,,but please NOT
There is now an international campaign to
politely ask you to stop using the this name KIKE in print and on your website and on your namecards for newspaper reporters to copy and print in public ....it is a slur
against your lord Jesus Christ, too, as he was a Jew.....
Jesus H Christ on Earth
...PLEASE CHANGE THIS NICKNAME.....yes no? can do?
for your info
KIKE is a derogatory slur used to refer to a Jew.
The etymology of the term is uncertain. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it may be an alteration of the endings –ki or –ky common in the personal names of Eastern European Jews who immigrated to the United States in the early 20th century.
The first recorded usage of the term is in 1904.
According to Our Crowd, by Stephen Birmingham, the term "kike" was coined as a derogatory putdown by the assimilated American German Jews to identify Eastern-European Jews: "Because many Russian [Jewish] names ended in 'ki', they were called 'kikes' — a German Jewish contribution to the American vernacular. The name then proceeded to be co-opted by non-Jews as it gained prominence in its usage in society, and was later used as a generally derogatory antisemitic slur.."
According to Leo Rosten,
The word kike was born on Ellis Island when there were Jewish immigrants who were also illiterate (or could not use Latin alphabet letters), when asked to sign the entry-forms with the customary 'X,'* refused, because they associated an X with the cross of Christianity, and instead made a circle. The Yiddish word for 'circle' is kikel (pronounced KY-kul), and for 'little circle,' kikeleh (pronounced ky-kul-uh). Before long the immigration inspectors were calling anyone who signed with an 'O' instead of an 'X' a kikel or kikeleh or kikee or, finally and succinctly, kike.
According to Rosten, Jewish American merchants continued to sign with an 'O' instead of an 'X' for several decades, spreading the nickname kike wherever they went as a result. At that time kike was more of an affectionate term, used by Jews to describe other Jews, and only developed into an ethnic slur later on.