July 31, 2006
Into the Briar Patch
Oh, give us a break already.
The newest eruption of the ubiquitous "language police" occurred when Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts had the effrontery to correctly use the phrase "tar baby"... which some hypersensitive souls incorrectly deduced must be a derrogatory term for blacks. Tar, after all; you know.
In fact, all it means is something that grabs hold of you when you try to touch it; the mere fact that tar happens to be black in color doesn't mean it has anything to do with black people, for heaven's sake.
In the original Uncle Remus story (I apologize for the atrocious printing!), Brer Fox puts tar -- actual tar -- and turpentine on a "contrapshun" and leaves it in the road where Brer Rabbit would find it. Rabbit ends up stuck to the tar.
Somehow, in the minds of people enfeebled by decades of hand-holding over race, this means that anyone who refers to a "tar baby," whether Mitt Romney or Tony Snow, must be making a racial reference. (I can only imagine the squeals of outrage if Romney were ever to refer to the funding of the Big Dig as a "black hole.")
Romney, naturally, was forced to apologize for failing to take into account lacunae in other people's literary education.
I reckon with some people, God was a bit niggardly in passing out brains.
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Tracked on July 31, 2006 11:13 AM
The following hissed in response by: Daisy Cutter
I am so jealous. I always wanted to use the word "niggardly" in a post, but you beat me to it. I tried several times, but I kept giggling. The thought of some Kossack reading the post and then his head exploding as he raged at the keyboard was too much exquisite pleasure for me to take in ...
There are just some words that shouldn't be used b/c they are too funny. Or the reaction to this is.
But let's not forget the noun itself: "niggard", which means (of course) a "miser".
The following hissed in response by: JGUNS
If I recall correctly that Uncle Remus was banned years ago because of its supposedly racial connotations. I remember reading it as a kid and I only remember a funny rabbit and a tar baby, but apparenly it was all euphemism for racial stereotyping. The southern drawl was what gave it away of course!!
The following hissed in response by: Infidel
But...but...but...the left is so EDUCATED!!
The following hissed in response by: Infidel
Remember this? : "Washington DC Mayor Anthony Williams lets David Howard go for using niggardly."
Stupid is as stupid does!!
The following hissed in response by: Caltechgirl
That's right, JGUNS. And of course, the Splash Mountain ride at the Disney theme parks is based on the characters from "Song of the South," Disney's movie version of the story. But unless you're old enough to have seen the movie in the 80's or earlier, you'd have no idea who those characters are....
The above hissed in response by: Caltechgirl at July 31, 2006 11:17 AM
The following hissed in response by: RattlerGator
What a world we live in.
I keep wondering: what black political activist, back in the day, signed off on an approach that made us freak out at the use of a word?
One day, someone is going to write the tale of how a "can do" people who regularly achieved against the odds in America were suddenly turned into a punkish, "can't do," bitch-and-moan crowd endlessly debating whether white folks can or cannot use the word nigger but certain that white folks couldn't even innocently use a word that, through no intent of the white folks, made us "can't do" people think about our blackness, even if only in the remotest sense.
We African Americans have taught ourselves, with the well-intentioned aid of the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, to invest white people (correction: Republican white people or Southern white people) with so much mystical power that you'd think the Ku Klux Klan had infiltrated the ranks.
Finally, one can't help but wonder who this "Larry Jones, a black Republican and civil rights activist" is actually supporting in the Republican Presidential primary? And is he afraid of Mitt Romney's chances?
I haven't seen or heard much of Mitt Romney, but I kinda likes what I have seen.
The above hissed in response by: RattlerGator at July 31, 2006 11:58 AM
The following hissed in response by: Big D
You know, when you are picked on as a kid, the sweetest revenge is to become wealthy and unapologetically successful. The same is true African Americans. They need to get secure enough in themselves to a point where the petty slights (real or imaginary) are meaningless.
Racism will end when racist remarks are universally meet with laughter and derision, not panic and hyperventilation.
The following hissed in response by: Dan Kauffman
As long as there continues to be a payoff for language hysteria, don't expect
racist remarks are universally meet with laughter and derision, not panic and hyperventilation
to happen anytime soon.
The above hissed in response by: Dan Kauffman at July 31, 2006 3:38 PM
The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh
I've heard of Larry Jones before, and I think he actually is a Republican activist (not a conservative but GOP).
There are three (count 'em!) Republican candidates for president in 2008 -- though one hasn't technically declared yet -- that I would cheerfully support: Mitt Romney, George Allen, and Rudy Giuliani.
I have cavils about all three, in particular the last: I still haven't forgiven Giuliani for destroying Michael Milkin for perfectly proper and legal business transactions, and I'm also unhappy at the way he forced out John Gotti's mouthpiece (ah... Bruce Cutler?) by claiming Cutler was going to be called as a critical prosecution witness, so he couldn't be Gotti's attorney... and then they didn't ever actually call him!
On the other hand, Gotti was such a scum that I'm not shedding any great alligator tears (er, no offense) about it. But it does worry me.
But neither of those is enough to make me vote against Giuliani and for a Democrat.
On the Dem side, the only candidate who does not make my blood run icy is Mark Warner... and he only barely.
The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh at July 31, 2006 8:47 PM
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