Is 'border-jumper' a racial slur?
No word, term, or phrase is in itself a racial slur, but any word can be used as such if it is intended to denigrate, belittle, or malign another based on ethnicity. Words are amoral, and have no life of their own. They require intent, context, and delivery to be anything other than an abstract representation of concrete things and ideas.
So, "border-jumper" can be a racial slur if it is delivered in a context meant to castigate another based on his ethnic origin.
The actual term "border-jumper" literally means a person or thing that leaps over a boundary, and has no negative connotation other than what it is put to.
It can be, but generally it is accompanied by another slur to make it a racial slur or with a cuss word, for example :fu**ing cotton pickers, or "cotton pickin ni**er"... i am only using those examples so you can get a clear idea of what a racial slur involving the phrase "cotton picker" would be like, not to offend or degrade anyone.
Niger (with one G) is the name of a country in Africa, but if you are referring to the word with 2 G's, it is considered a racial slur, and I would not use it at work. Not that I can can see any merit in using the word at any time, it's not that simple. White to white, racial slur. White to black, racial slur. Black to white, possible racial slur. Black to black…