Hey I have a demerit plus a warning. I'd hate to be censored for the best use of language in a particular instance. I've been kicked off a number of forums for being too outspoken--here i'm blending, or at least was trying too. But the phrase in question was intended to capture the mindless antipathy towards others of different race, and reminded me so much of a a post I made on another thread, when I starkly recollected the year 1968, when racial violence tore asunder many big cities and left rural communities fearful of an invasion,
Personally, I'm not offended because I understand your context. But, some people freak out when the word is used at all. It will be a long time before people can use that word without assuming it's an absolute racial slur.