We were on the pier fishing last weekend. There was a white man next to me then down from him, two black men about thirty years old. We were not too close because you leave others a space to fish. I had chatted a bit with the black guys because it's customary to chat a bit with others on the pier. Things like, "You having any luck?" "Nah, the only things biting are the skeeters." "Y'all caught'em all?" "Caught a few." They had even given me a tip about fishing. My sister was beside me and then her husband. Then there was a group of white men farther down. Nobody was having any luck except the black men. They had a special kind of fishing rig and they were catching a big trout every few minutes. Then one of them said, "Homeboys ain't catching no fish." Then he laughed. He added, 'We can't fish!" And laughed real loud. He had said something about, "Nigger fishing" just before that but I didn't catch all of what he said, The word, "Nigger" is what caught my attention. I don't know if he meant his remark to be racist or not, but it made me uncomfortable. He didn't lower his voice when he spoke, so I have to think he meant for us to hear him. I moved on down the pier soon after that. So I have been pondering since then, is Homeboy a racist word?