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Racism in Plain English

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, it finally happened: A Republican congressman has come right out and called Barack Obama “uppity.”

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), often described as one of the most conservative members of Congress (which is saying something), used that racially loaded term to describe Obama in a conversation today outside the House chamber with a reporter from The Hill. As you can see in The Post’s news coverage, the reporter gave Westmoreland a chance to take it back. Bless him, he didn’t.

I love it when everybody’s cards are on the table.

A spokesman for the congressman said later that his boss didn’t realize that term has long been used to describe African Americans who don’t know their place. If so, he is the only born-and-bred Southerner alive who is so oblivious. I should note, however, that the last time Westmoreland’s staff got such a damage-control workout was in 2006, when the congressman sponsored legislation to post the Ten Commandments in the House and Senate -- and then proved unable to list them.

The notion that Obama is somehow reaching beyond his station has been a subtext of the attacks on his eloquence, his academic resume, his ambition -- qualities that are usually prized in a leader but that are somehow twisted by Obama’s opponents into negatives. It is within even Lynn Westmoreland’s limited grasp to understand that “uppity” means one thing: Who does this black guy think he is to run for president? If Republicans are going to ask that question, they shouldn’t be allowed to do it through hints and nudges. Just do like Lynn Westmoreland and put it in plain English.

By Eugene Robinson  | September 4, 2008; 7:45 PM ET
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Here is a native Wasilla resident who is not afraid to speak out about Sarah Palin.

Sean-492003

ABOUT SARAH PALIN
I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child's favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.
She is enormously popular; in every way she's like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won't vote for her can't quit smiling when talking about her because she is a "babe".
It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months.
She is "pro-life". She recently gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.
She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.
She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.
Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin's kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.
Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.
She's smart.
Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents.
During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.
Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative". During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.
The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren't enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit- generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.
While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.
These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.
As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.
In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today's surplus, borrow for needs.
She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.
While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.
Sarah complained about the "old boy's club" when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State's top cop (see below).
As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla's Police Chief because he "intimidated" her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't fire her sister's ex- husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in- law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.
She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn't like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.
Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.
When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the "old boys' club" when she dramatically quit, exposing this man's ethics violations (for which he was fined).
As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the "bridge to nowhere" after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.
As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects--which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance-- but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as "anti-pork".
She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.
Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah's mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.
As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as "AGIA" that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.
Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned "as a private citizen" against a state initiative that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State's lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior's decision to list polar bears as threatened species.
McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President.
There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.
However, there's a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.
CLAIM VS FACT
*"Hockey mom": true for a few years
*"PTA mom": true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
*"NRA supporter": absolutely true
*social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconstitutional) .
*pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
*"Pro-life": mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation
*"Experienced": Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
*political maverick: not at all
*gutsy: absolutely!
*open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
*has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
*"a Greenie": no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro- drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
*fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
*pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
*pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
*pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla's history.
*pro-labor/pro- union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn't make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro- union.
WHY AM I WRITING THIS?
First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.
Secondly, I've always operated in the belief that "Bad things happen when good people stay silent". Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.
Third, I am just a housewife. I don't have a job she can bump me out of. I don't belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that's life.
Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah's attempt at censorship.
Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.
CAVEATS
I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can't recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall--they are swamped. So I can't verify my numbers.
You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my "about 5,000", up to 9,000. The day Palin's selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90's.

Posted by: Lorna | September 4, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has outclassed the Republicans every step of the way. Ron Reagan said his mother Nancy is especially impressed with Sen.Obama's "demeanor" and sees in his speeches a man of character. The Obamas "uppity?" No, it is the people who use their white race or their wealth to get what they could never earn on their own merit--those are the true "uppity" people---they have risen beyond every reasonable expectation of the position they would hold in a meritocracy---and we the people, how we have suffered because of that fact.

Posted by: Olivia | September 4, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I liked Robinson's article. People should state their positions/beliefs up-front. Like this fat, unhealthy Georgian geezer has done.

Posted by: Hermann Stauffel | September 4, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, as a fellow South Carolinian, as a lower, middle class white who saw "White Only" emblazoned above the door of the laundromat where my mama washed our clothes, I suspect that Rep. Westmoreland knows exactly what "uppity" connotes. It's just that he is oblivious to the sea change of attitudes about race that has transpired in the South the last thirty years. The fact that he doesn't know that you don't say it even if you think it speaks volumes.

WM3

Posted by: Wesley Moore | September 4, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Come on Mr. Robinson, you know that a lot of what the Republicans are banking on is the who does this negro think he is feeling. Even as it relates to Hillary supporters, a lot of the underlining statements to me were, why should an African American get there before a woman. Who does he think he is! How dare he have run for president. This guy just kind of said it out loud.

Posted by: Ann | September 4, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the race card.

It ALWAYS gets thrown on the table when Obama is in trouble.

Posted by: Dood | September 4, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Dood, why would the Republicans keep playing the race card, if they didn't think it would help them. They play it to be heard of other
racists who they hope will vote for them.
For those who have lived with racism in this country, my guess is it does not feel like a card.

Posted by: JC Junior | September 4, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

It's about time they just came right out with it. Cindy McCain wears a $300,000 outfit on stage as folks get their homes battered by Gustav, but Barack Obama, whose wife wears regular priced clothing off the rack is...uppity...

Posted by: VA_Voter | September 4, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Just because this idiot uses the language of an idiot doesn't make all conservatives racist. I know you really want to believe this, but it's not true.

I don't have to apologize for this bozo, he's not related to me, he's not my son, or relative. He's a jerk that should have been removed from congress in about 1802.

Posted by: TheManKeepingYouDown | September 4, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama has had almost every advantage in this election. He's raised a ton a money, he's got decent message and the media's madly in love with him.

So now, one of his mouthpieces is whining about some unknown congressman. It sounds like an effort to make people feel sorry for Obama - a tactic that worked well during the primaries (where white guilt was spreading like crazy) but its not going to fly during the general elections. Stop whining, Obama campaign.

Posted by: Anon Angry Dem | September 4, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Eugene: Another great write!
Unfortunately, this entire campaign is about race, gender and the culture war.
Frankly, the Republican party is out of touch with the America of today. It's obvious in everything they do and say.
It is not diverse. Witness their convention. Sure, here and their you see an African-American, Asian or Latino, the usual token representation. But for the most part, their convention is chock full of forty-plus people who do not represent either of those three groups. And then they have the audacity to pick an unqualified candidate for VP.

They claim they care about America and Americans, but they don't in reality. McCain just wants to be elected, and Palin wants to break the highest glass ceiling.
It's all about ego and gender. No issues, no substance other than an Evangelical agenda Palin will try to put into place over time with the likes of Huckabee and others. Restrict our rights and our thoughts.

Of course Westmoreland knew the meaning of the word he used. To say that he didn't is like saying George Wallace never used the word.

If we become the unfortunate victims of the Republicans once again we will pay the price as we have during the two terms of G. W. Bush.

This country is on the wrong path, a path to self-destruction based on our choices and our policies both domestic and foreign.
We will see our mistakes bear fruit as we continue with hostile unilateral attitudes toward Russia, China, Venezuela and others who are forming coalitions to bypass the United States and perhaps Western Europe.
We are losing our premier position as a world power because of our internal foolishness.

In stark contrast to the Republican candidates are Barack Obama and Joe Biden, both of whom have a different mindset toward domestic and internatiional affairs.
Also toward the citizens of their own country who they understand are diverse and are comfortable with that fact as any righteous person would be.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

My goodness, Rep. Westmoreland has called Barack high-falutin'. I can respect his honesty and candor.

It goes to show you how far behind some older Georgian's really are.

God forbid he tell Palin, she needs to get back in the kitchen, take her shoes and sox off and fix her husband some dinner.

He is one breath away of saying JUST THAT.

He is, of course, a Southern Gentlemean.

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | September 4, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't call Obama "uppity". I call him arrogant, condescending and patronizing.

Posted by: Cheryl | September 4, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

"I wouldn't call Obama "uppity". I call him arrogant, condescending and patronizing."

________

Agreed!

Posted by: Blk Female Vtr | September 4, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh, here comes the predictable "whining" wind-up. First, verbally abuse. Either the victim must suffer in silence or be further abused when calling you on it. Typical nasty republican politics. Playing the "whining" card against anyone you have just abused.
Shameful!

I have never, EVER heard the word "uppity" used in any other context except racially.
That is always the implication.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Yes. Of course. A Harvard Educated black man who after graduating from school runs straight to a community activist agency to help unemployeed steel workers is ARROGANT as they come.

What do you call a old white haired white man that calls his white a c*nt?

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | September 4, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Cheryl for filling us in!

Instead of "uppity" it appears you would rather use "arrogant, condescending, patronizing". Apparently you feel more comfortable with those three words instead of one word to convey the same concept.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,

I love your work. I enjoy your commentary on MSNBC. Thanks for calling people in power on their hypocrisy and deceit. We need more people in the mainstream media like you.

Posted by: Stacey in Oklahoma | September 4, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Eugene,

It's too bad that you see racism around every corner, in every word spoken by your political opponents.

So to you "racism in plain English" is when someone uses the term "uppity" to describe Obama? That's plain English to you? And you claim that Westmoreland "is the only born-and-bred Southerner alive who is so oblivious" to the fact that the word "uppity" has long "been used to describe African Americans who don’t know their place." Well, I'm 34, born and bred in Virginia (which, last I checked, was a Southern state) and I have never, ever heard of the word "uppity" being used to "put African Americans in their place," so to speak.

One meaning of "uppity," and the one upon which your entire post is centered, is "[t]aking liberties or assuming airs beyond one's station" (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed.). However, according to that same dictionary, the word "uppity" also means "presumptuous." (http://www.bartleby.com/61/56/U0135600.html).

Now, The Washington Post's own Dana Milbank -- a liberal, mind you -- has stated that Obama has become his party's "presumptuous nominee." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/29/AR2008072902068.html

Did you see that word "presumptuous" in Milbank's column? Go read it again.

Why do you assume that Westmoreland didn't mean that sense of "uppity"? Really, can you provide *any* reason for your assumption, aside from the fact that it lets you cry racism yet again? It's a real question, but I think we all already know that you see racism everywhere if it suits your needs. On the other hand, Obama can shamelessly play the race card and you'll argue, hilariously, that he wasn't playing the race card at all (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/31/AR2008073102820.html).

In short, Eugene Robinson, the only thing that you seem to know how to do is scream racism, and deny that it's at play when Obama is called out on it. I have no doubt that in keeping with your modus operandi, you'll claim I'm being a racist here, but know that there are many people out there who don't buy your act. Simply put, I cannot take you seriously.

Michael E. Hall
Fairfax, Virginia

Posted by: Michael E. Hall | September 4, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is a great man, exceptionally intelligent, hard working and knowledgeable, and will make a superior leader of the United States with a legacy that will outshine any Republican president and probably all Democratic presidents, past, present or future.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Euge - quit being so uppity and using the racecard.

Posted by: dctony | September 4, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"Uppity" has also been applied to women who were treading on the establishment's turf, thus leading to the mantra: "Uppity women unite!" It is time we uppities, wherever we are along the race or gender continuum, unite.

Posted by: jbrendan | September 4, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

We shall overcome!

Posted by: Kofi | September 4, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Michael Hall, why don't you try calling one of your darker-skinned Commonwealthers "uppity"? Citing a dictionary won't keep you from getting decked.

Posted by: ape | September 4, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Michael E. Hall:

That's a mighty long dissertation to try and convince someone that the use of the word "uppity" did not have the intent mentioned. Come on now Mike, how long have you lived in Virginia?

I've been around for six plus decades and while I hesitate to call someone a racist when they use that word when referring to someone of color, for some strange reason, my gut feeling is that they most probably are.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

wARD6fORnOW WROTE:

Yes. Of course. A Harvard Educated black man who after graduating from school runs straight to a community activist agency to help unemployeed steel workers is ARROGANT as they come.

What do you call a old white haired white man that calls his white a c*nt?

thanks Ward, THIS DESERVES TO BE POSTED ON EVERY SQUARE INCH OF THIS PLANET!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Ape and Sanity,

If you would like to actually address my arguments and present a coherent argument as to why you believe I'm wrong, I welcome it, but otherwise, I'm not interested in a flame war.

Michael

Posted by: Michael E. Hall | September 4, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama isn't uppity - he's just another tax and spend lib. The left, as well as race pimps like Robinson, just can't seem to grasp this.

Posted by: muskrat | September 4, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

You can't help but notice that the two Republican candidates apparently are not required to have more than a basic degree, but you can be sure that any person of color WILL be required to have at least an MBA, J.D. or other higher degree designation in order to stand a chance as a candidate. This is not an allusion folks, and I'm not colored.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

muskrat: I saw a hole in my lawn this morning leading into a long underground tunnel.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

If I hear another moronic Republican repeat the same "tax and spend" quip,
I'll feel evem more negative about their mindless chatter.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Don't you just love it when people can't explain their own racism they go on the defense and attack Obama saying HE is the one playing the race card? Hell I am a white northern woman and even I know exactly how the word "uppity" is used and it is racist. So cite all the dictionaries you want, and claim Obama is being too sensitive, and by the way, he has said NOTHING regarding the "uppity" remark and any African American, whose experience you can't comprehend, knows exactly what UPPITY means, and it isn't pretty.

It's "uppity" when an African American works part-time in a fast food place so he can help support himself while going to Columbia? You call that uppity? Or is it allowed that a black man can of course get an education, by the way he worked for that education, but he dare not reach higher that a law degree? McCain had daddy arrange his appointment to the Naval Academy and he didn't have to worry one bit about money. Who is the elitest now?

I could say Cindy McCain is UPPITY, a $300,000 outfit? Give me a break. She inherited daddy's money, bought herself someone else's husband, and manufactured a political career for him so she could parade her wealth yet McCain condemns Obama and calls him elitist? You repugs are desparate and it is YOU who play the race card.

Posted by: fcy | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Here is Webster’s def:

putting on or marked by airs of superiority : arrogant, presumptuous

Maybe this is an American thing I don’t understand, but my Jamaican brethren would say that Obama was "smellin himself" to mean that he's arrogant. Sounds about right to me. I didn’t realize to call someone uppity also meant to imply they are black. If anybody is curious they can look up the complete history of the word "uppity" in the OED (Oxford English Dictionary). The OED gives historical examples of every use of the word uppity and there is not one example which implies the person is black. Oh well let’s not let the facts prevent us from holding on to our perceived offenses.

Posted by: Joshua | September 4, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

i didn't flame you, Michael Hall, and i condensed my counter-argument; i'll spell it out:

"Uppity" is a loaded term, fraught with despicable history, and is easily considered a fighting word. Appeals to irrelevant denotations do nothing to change the fact that calling a black man or woman "uppity" is likely to get your lip split. If you don't believe me, i invite you again to try it.

Posted by: ape | September 4, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I also an not interested in a flame war, but I am also not obligated to waste my time trying to justify to you why I believe what I know to be true. If I were African-American and someone referred to me as "uppity" I would know EXACTLY what they meant, no if's, ands, or but's about it.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Michael Hall,

I am a cab driver in a rather large city. Ride around with me for a few hours and use that term at your own risk. Just make sure you tell the "uppity" people that you and I don't know each other.

Posted by: madisonhack | September 4, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's what I wrote to Westmoreland. I'm sure it's going to fall on deaf ears.

Dear Representative Westmoreland, I was disturbed to read you comment calling Barack Obama “uppity”. As a son of the South you have to know that that term has racial overtones. For decades, centuries perhaps, blacks were called “uppity” by whites who felt they forgot their place. Are you telling me that you honestly believe that a black man doesn’t deserve to run or be president and to do so if to forget his place? Shame on you. You republicans have been quick to label any criticism of Palin as sexist, but you constantly let racially insensitive remarks about the Obamas roll over the tongue. As the Bible says, “From the overflow of the mouth, the heart speaks.” I see what’s in your heart and you should be ashamed.


Sheila Davis
A proud, hard working AMERICAN who has happens to be a black woman. Does this make me uppity too?

Posted by: Sheila Davis | September 4, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

"

Obama has had almost every advantage in this election. He's raised a ton a money, he's got decent message and the media's madly in love with him.

So now, one of his mouthpieces is whining about some unknown congressman. It sounds like an effort to make people feel sorry for Obama - a tactic that worked well during the primaries (where white guilt was spreading like crazy) but its not going to fly during the general elections. Stop whining, Obama campaign.

Posted by: Anon Angry Dem | September 4, 2008 8:33 PM "---

OK, you tell the McCain campaign to stop whining about poor Barracuda Sarah getting dissed by some reporter.

Deal?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Why do elected officials and regular citizens from both parties insist on alienating me by saying stupid things that make me embarrassed to cast a vote for either side?

Ron Paul, you're looking better and better.

Posted by: Why? | September 4, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Joshua:

The term "uppity n -----, was and still is used by some people who resent the fact that non-whites are successful, intelligent, well-educated, wealthy, etc. etc. etc.

It's sort of an equivalent to the phrase "too big for your britches" but this term has usually been reserved more for people not of color.

Believe it or not, the word "uppity" implies "n-----"

I assure you. Take my word for it.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Some more info on Sarah Palin:

Sarah Palin took a town with $0 debt in 1996 and left it $22 million in the hole in 2002, mostly from the hockey rink/sports complex she shoved down their throats which never became the money generator she promised it would. Another white elephant from another white elephant.

Even with the stable Clinton economy during most of her mayoral tenure and Jack Abramoff's crony she hired to lobby Washington to help her now indicted buddy Ted Stevens ring up $27 million in federal pork for tiny Wasilla (pop. 5000 when she entered office) she still managed to leave the town swimming in debt. Three of her pork projects even made McCain's own wasteful spending list.

The following organization is the offshoot of President Reagan's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control started in 1984, also known as the Grace Commission. Definitely not a Dem friendly group but even these guys apparently think Alaska is America's welfare queen state.

Citizens Against Government Waste
http://www.cagw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homePage

Rank State Pork Population Pork/Capita
2000 1 Alaska $394,514,000 619,500 $636.83
2001 1 Alaska $480,297,000 626,932 $766.11
2002 1 Alaska $451,334,278 634,892 $710.88
2003 1 Alaska $393,346,750 643,786 $610.99
2004 1 Alaska $524,329,000 648,818 $808.13
2005 1 Alaska $645,502,000 655,435 $984.85
2006 1 Alaska $325,106,000 663,661 $489.87
2007 not listed
2008 1 Alaska $379,699,715 683,478 $555.54

As governor she is borrowing from Alaska's future while she wants to blow today's Alaskan windfall oil tax bonanza and the huge surpluses they've generated on bread and circuses tax giveaways.

Alaska gets 89% of it's operating budget from taxing oil coming out of the ground just like Arab kingdoms and Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. They have no state income or sales tax up there. Instead of using that windfall to pay for all the profligate spending her Republican legislature keeps sending her she's issuing bonds to pay for it which Alaskans and US taxpayers will have to pay off in future years while she takes credit for tax "rebates" while she's governor.

Her fiscal policy is a disaster in the making which won't hit til she's left the governor's office. She'd be a disaster as Vice President especially to a President who despite his grevious wounds and type A personality is already past the age his father and grandfather died of sudden heart attacks.

She can put on all the lipstick she wants but her political record is for the dogs.

Posted by: William Robinson | September 4, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Giving a long speech and only refering to Barack Obama by name once, is demeaning. It recalls the day when blacks weren't given the respect of having their names used and instead were referred to as "boy".
I know the she only used the name of Joe Biden once as well but we all know who her comments were directed at.

Posted by: Anna B. | September 4, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, Isn't it amazing what one word will do!

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Ask yourself a question and answer it as honestly as possible. What if 50 cent ran for president? Would this then fit your profile as a typical black president? This country is going to get what it deserves when McCain win this election. "A FOOL IS A PERSON WHO MAKES THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE". Don't forget about our more experienced last experienced President. George Bush.

Posted by: bubbapa | September 4, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Ape, I've never heard of "uppity" being used as a "fighting word," and your point about "appealing to irrelevant denotations" doesn't make sense since "uppity" also means "presumptuous" and, as I pointed out in my original post, "presumptuous" is a word that has been used by a Washington Post reporter to describe Obama. Ergo, it's not an "irrelevant denotation," and is actually apposite.

Sanity: "I am also not obligated to waste my time trying to justify to you why I believe what I know to be true." Great, I don't want you to waste your time. I've never heard of "uppity" being used in a derogatory sense towards African Americans. You say you have. Fair enough, but clearly Eugene Robinson is incorrect that Westmoreland "is the only born-and-bred Southerner alive who is so oblivious."

Posted by: MIchael E. Hall | September 4, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Ok Mr Robinson, so this congressman is racist. You have called him out and gotten your column out of it. Then what? Are you seriously saying that it is news that some people are racist?. Sometimes I think you so called "racial commentators" do all of us black people a disservice by constantly fostering a sense of victimhood. This is presidential politics, contact sport at the highest level man. Stop the constant whining.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, this entire campaign is about race, gender and the culture war.
Frankly, the Republican party is out of touch with the America of today. It's obvious in everything they do and say.
It is not diverse. Witness their convention. Sure, here and their you see an African-American, Asian or Latino, the usual token representation. But for the most part, their convention is chock full of forty-plus people who do not represent either of those three groups. And then they have the audacity to pick an unqualified candidate for VP.

They claim they care about America and Americans, but they don't in reality. McCain just wants to be elected, and Palin wants to break the highest glass ceiling.
It's all about ego and gender. No issues, no substance other than an Evangelical agenda Palin will try to put into place over time with the likes of Huckabee and others. Restrict our rights and our thoughts.

Of course Westmoreland knew the meaning of the word he used. To say that he didn't is like saying George Wallace never used the word.

If we become the unfortunate victims of the Republicans once again we will pay the price as we have during the two terms of G. W. Bush.

This country is on the wrong path, a path to self-destruction based on our choices and our policies both domestic and foreign.
We will see our mistakes bear fruit as we continue with hostile unilateral attitudes toward Russia, China, Venezuela and others who are forming coalitions to bypass the United States and perhaps Western Europe.
We are losing our premier position as a world power because of our internal foolishness.

In stark contrast to the Republican candidates are Barack Obama and Joe Biden, both of whom have a different mindset toward domestic and internatiional affairs.
Also toward the citizens of their own country who they understand are diverse and are comfortable with that fact as any righteous person would be.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that the racist remark of ONE PERSON would even catch your attention when 92% OF BLACKS VOTED FOR OBAMA.

The racist WORDS of one person seem a somewhat less important when they're compared with the racist ACTIONS of a large population.

Racism in all its forms is deplorable, but it's hypocritical to focus on the tree while at the same time ignoring the forest.

Posted by: GM | September 4, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Dictionary, schmictionary! A person who enters a javelin throwing event is not referred to a spear you-you-know-what-er. How one uses a word is carries far more meaning than the definition. There is a special layer of h*ll reserved for racists and a deeper one for those that defend them.

Posted by: codexjust1 | September 4, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga. basically is saying plain and simple that Borak Obama is nothing more than one of those Uppity Ni@@ers. We knew eventually that racism would rear its head when a black man gets a little to close to the top. Its almost expected from a southerner from Ga. Not much has really changed.

Posted by: M Santini | September 4, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

cindy mccain is going to make me puke...

Posted by: john maine | September 4, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Who possibly cares what Eugene Robinson has to say? He is a tired old fool.

Posted by: WJR | September 4, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Because you are black, you see everything in racial terms, Mr. Robinson. You and your fellow blacks unfortunately believe that other Americans are racist against you, causing resentment and creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. Latinos, Asians, Jews and even Native Americans are much less sensitive when it comes to race.

Blacks are obsessed with race. Their sensitivity often belies their inherent self-esteem problems and inferiority complex. They often show their callousness when they vote for a candidate or acquit a criminal based on the color of his skin. You disgust your fellow Americans.

It's time for you to move on, and become AMERICAN like Condoleeza Rice, and remove the AFRICAN- from your self-identification.

Would you like us to say "White-American?"
Another thing is that Obama is just a tax and spend liberal. That is why I dislike him. Nothing at all to do with his race.

Posted by: dcxdude | September 4, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

cindy mccain has been as well prepared as sarah palin...they must have the stepford wives creator on hand at the convention

Posted by: john maine | September 4, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Sorry boy, but this is the first time I've ever heard that this is a racist slur, too. Oh by the way, I was born & raised in Arkansas (Clinton country). So put that in your pipe & smoke it.

Posted by: Herschel | September 4, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Having grown up in the south and having spent a good deal of time in Georgia, I find it very hard to believe a redneck Republican congressman from Georgia wouldn't know that uppity is almost always followed by the N word. These people know every slur and code word for black people and they use them enough to stay pretty current on thier use.

Posted by: Electric Bill | September 4, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Why are you so uppity Eugene?

Posted by: Hank | September 4, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

cindy mccain...never worked a day in her life...her father gave her millions..they sell beer to the masses....she picked up a senator as husband..mccain left hisd sick wife for cindy...what a scu---bag

Posted by: john maine | September 4, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with being uppity? Pilate considered Jesus uppity. British aristocrats considered American colonists uppity. Uppity: for Christ's sake, folks, it's the American Way! (Westmoreland, on the other hand, is a hypocritical downer.)

Posted by: daibhidh | September 4, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

GM:

I'm not sure he was ignoring the forest but rather just focusing on this one incident. I am sure he (Eugene) realizes as do I that racism is color-blind.

Your point is well-taken and there is truth in it that Barack Obama is highly favored by African-American voters.

But then again, some women favor a woman for President or Vice-president in order to break that final glass ceiling and to overcome what they perceive to be inequities.

The only thing that bothers me a little about so many African-Americans supporting Barack is that many of those voters are conservative religiously and really don't share the more liberal value systems he holds. I don't think they would throw their support toward a non-African-American who has the same liberal value system as Barack Obama.

I have lived in Asia, the Midwest, the Northeast and the South. People naturally gravitate toward other people and institutions they feel confortable with.

And racism comes in all colors of the rainbow.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

if any of you out there are listening to cindy mccain...get your barf bags out quick...karl rove, the world most slimiest and creepyist person, has written the enitre convention script...it is truly sickening...

Posted by: john maine | September 4, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm an academic with two advanced degrees. I've taught at universities up and down the east coast--and I have been exposed to exactly the attitude this article is about.

Thank you, Mr. Robinson, for bringing it to light. And I also want you to know I appreciate your well-reasoned perspectives on Morning Joe.

And,Lorna, I was annoyed that you posted so much that was also so irrelevant to this particular story, but by the time I was done reading it all, I was very appreciative.

Posted by: Philip | September 4, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Is Bilbo speaking tonight?

Posted by: rusty 3 | September 4, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@michael hall

Is that whole long post of yours all to simply state that Mr. Westmoreland is the only white southerner who doesn't understand the implications of the word? That you can't recognize literary hyperbole is not an argument.

I am a white Northerner almost 70 and I know what it means even if the OED didn't quite catch that sense --- how many of the its lexicographers grew up black in the US South before, say 1975?

And I have no doubt, based on the history of the Republican Party and the "Southern Strategy" (check it out, it was before you were born but it echoes today)that there is a current of racism underlaying the general push of the GOP campaign. Fortunately for the future of the country I suspect that most members of your generation (and even you perhaps) no longer think and.or feel that way.

and BTW, Franklin, Sam Adams, MLK, and with a little stretch, St. Paul and Jesus Himself were "community organizers". Not such bad company, IMHO.

Posted by: jprfrog | September 4, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama was the first one to throw down the race card, not McCain. Remember, it's all Obama supporters that are insinuating that if we don't vote for BO that we are racist. I'm not afraid to be called racist. That doesn't make me one. I am however, afraid to pull the lever for a cottonpicker like Obama that doesn't even have a clue how many states there are!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

As Clint might ask...

"do really think Sarah Palin is ready to be President...well do ya punk?"

"you've got to ask yourself just one question...do you feel lucky?

Cindy continues to make me want to vomit..I'll be back

Posted by: john maine | September 4, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Noone cares about Sarah Palin nor that stupid yokel town in Alaska. WE care about the US.
I hate Sarh Palin's guts. She is the most sanctimonious fake bible-thumper any right-wing gunnut could wish for. THe media is giving her a massive pass, but sayonara, lady, your political career ends here. I guess you can still be a lobbyist, but you are so condescending and polarizing, you are going down hard, missy. Advice to those selling Sarah Palin, do it in five paragraphs or less, yokel geniuses.

I got news for the right-wing. We on the left all hate Oil-Drilling Caribou Barbie. I didnt watch her speech, and I find her voice insanely and personality grating. This woman is inspiring more hatred than Hillary. I Know that makes the right laugh, but Dems and Independents are going to be laughing you PSYCHOPATHS right out of office. SO enjoy having no power, RIZIGHT-WING NIZZUTS. WE HATE THIS CHICK!!! thanks a lot for unting the Dems. RIGHT-WING ALIEN HILLARY-CLONE HAS LANDED!

Posted by: Jackson Wallace | September 4, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Cindy is just your typical Scottsdale girl.
Do you thing she can spare an earring?
(aprox.value $140,000.) I could use a lift right about now before I watch the conclusion of this perverse "Republican"
convention.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Now we know republicans think community service is offensive. When do I see the Obama ad telling America what republicans think of community service?

Posted by: JanD | September 4, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

YAWN. Eugene pulls the race card out. Who would have guessed that would happen?

Posted by: REX | September 4, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH! Democrats are SEXIST!

What party since 1960 has gone so far to maliciously smear any female of any party who dare try to rise above her "station".

But Obama is a man so he gets this kind of press and support from the Post and this journalist - or opinionist.

Posted by: Changing Parties | September 4, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

the whole politcal, convention thing is surreal.....can you believe that $19 million of our hard earned tax dollars go to each party of these conventions?

Also:

These people are all millionairs

Posted by: john maine | September 4, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

time for bed..McCain's going to speak...they are showing his war time video now...so it seems you have dropped Napalm on women and children to be qualified to be President...this is truly sick...I am amazed that the masses continue to believe this hero crap...

Posted by: john maine | September 4, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

we'll - we elected George Bush..so hell...Palin's a shoe in..

again, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do you feel lucky?"

Latest estimates show that Sara Palin has a better than 40% chance of becoming president...Karl Rove will be able to move in again and manipulate...One word of advice to John McCain..if you win, get a food taster and keep an eye on Karl Rove...the back stabbing low life scumbag...

Posted by: john maine | September 4, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

This is beyond the pale. If you go to Rep. Westmoreland's web page, you can't send anything if you're out of state. So I'll have to respond here. Rep. Westmoreland, your remarks are appalling. I remember Governor Wallace and Montgomery and the hate filled atmosphere of 1963 and 1964 in the deep south. I remember a third grade classmate wishing that President Kennedy would die after he was shot, so that Governor Wallace could become President. I remember waiting in the summer of 1964 for someone to find the 3 civil rights workers, 2 white and 1 black, murdered near Meridian, Mississippi. So when you now refer to Senator Obama as "uppity" I wonder if you really get it or belong in the Congress. I hope you get a drubbing from your constituents. I hope you get a drubbing from the country. Your remarks have no place in this time and place. Senator Obama is the best thing to come into this country's politics in decades. He actually believes in the Constitution, the words of the Declaration of Independence, and the people. How dare you characterize excellence, education, eloquence, and leadership as "uppity"?

Posted by: Karl in MD | September 4, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson is a reacist; he is just another black "Journalist" shilling for Mr. Obama.

Posted by: JerseyJim | September 4, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

the republican party has always been the party of Exclusion. Just look at the delegates. Sometimes people who grew up used to insensitivite remarks don't realize how they come off. I am proud to say that I am also an UPPIDITY black male.

Posted by: aaron | September 4, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Michael E Hall wrote:

So to you "racism in plain English" is when someone uses the term "uppity" to describe Obama? That's plain English to you? And you claim that Westmoreland "is the only born-and-bred Southerner alive who is so oblivious" to the fact that the word "uppity" has long "been used to describe African Americans who don’t know their place." Well, I'm 34, born and bred in Virginia (which, last I checked, was a Southern state) and I have never, ever heard of the word "uppity" being used to "put African Americans in their place," so to speak.

-------------------------
MICHAEL, MICHAEL, for the love of god, bone up on your American history besides Abe Lincoln. Or Google. Never mind Eugene Robinson, here's the elevator pitch:


ORIGIN: The term "UPPITY" began as a very popular term among slave masters who often used the term to refer to blacks who were rebellious or, in other words, blacks who required and demanded respect, fair treatment and regard. It then evolved into a social definition to mean blacks who are "not in their place" with that place being inferior to whites. Intimidation, violence and lynching were typical means of punishment for those seeming "uppity."

TODAY: It's usage is a historical reference, and just something an educated person would know.

Posted by: katelyn | September 4, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

The masses are dumb, they can be led so easily. They've been making promises since before I was born, and the United States is worse off now than it's ever been.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

That idiotic member of Congress explains why there are only 36 African American delegates to the Republican convention. In four years, let's hope that no people of color sign on to that party of dishonor.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Lorna, I hope you sent a copy of your comments to every news webpage. I pray for your safety and I applaud your honesty. Personally, I feel like the media purposely omitted the details you outlined in your comments because many of them said they have a personal relationship with McBush. Honestly, I feel the Republicans are insulting the intelligence of the American people and they are underestimating the power of the Internet.

I am convinced that this election is serious and our country has too many political and economic issues to be playing politics. I am also concerned for my children and grand children’s future. History has taught me that weakness from within can lead to the over-throw of a country. Playing the race card and attempting to win this nomination by fear tactics is tearing the nation apart socially. We also need strong leaders who can strengthen our weak economy and military. McBush has demonstrated a lack of judgment and experience. Electing this Republican ticket will send a frightening signal to our enemies.

Posted by: y.sister | September 4, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

TheManKeepingYouDow: Your not all racist but I'm sure you all know one.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Gene ALWAYS plays the race card. He's like the boy (excuse me, person) who cried wolf. Here, it's justified. (That man d@mn well knew what he was saying when he used the word "uppity".) But because it is coming from Gene, it is hard to take it seriously.

By finding racism EVERYWHERE, Gene is doing us all a disservice.

Posted by: gbooksdc | September 4, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Racism is NOT a card and if you are not a minority you will NEVER know what it is to be stopped by the police for no reason, followed in the store by security, or called a n-----r or "a slave" (as my daughter was called by a schoolmate recently). Racism is alive and well and for those who get to walk around making sarcastic remarks about the "race card" or the racism those of us live with everyday are pathetic, sarcastic fools who don't realize what it is to have the White Priviledge. Now if you excuse me, I have to finish the court documents to sue the 14 year old schoolmate that punched my son in the face and called him a n-----r just for being him. I wish someday I could live like white folks-- don't have to worry about getting stopped by police, assaulted by classmates, passed over for jobs I am well qualified for while some little white kid fresh out of college with no experience doing ANYTHING gets the job. OR DID'NT VOTE FOR YOU BECAUSE OF YOUR COLOR--There are MANY of them out there. When was the last time someone called you a name based on your race? I thought so. Ohhhh to be white. Life is good.If only I could change my skin color so my 8 year old does not have to come home and tell me his best friend told him his mom does not like black people.

Posted by: Outraged | September 4, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Gene,

Once Again the sane voice amid chaos.

Except for a few in the media such as Keith, Rachel and You for the most part the Republican Spin machine is allowed to churn without impunity or caution.

For example, the Republicans parade Sarah Palin around as this Maverick Reformer CEO with vast Executive experience. OK let's stipulate that she may be the ONLY Candidate in the Presidential/Vice Presidential race who has Executive level experience as a Governor or Mayor.

However, it is also TRUE that John McCain does NOT have Executive experience. So WHY does no one say to the Spin Doctors since John MCCain does not have Executive experience is Sarah Palin replacing him on their ticket as the ONLY Qualified Candidate to be President? Fair Question.

I also find it interesting that most of your colleagues promote the notion that one (Joe Biden / The Obama Campaign) must walk softly and dare not attack Sarah Palin because she is a Woman. The Same Sarah Palin who described herslf as a "Pit Bull with Lipstick".

The Double Standard is astounding. She is Tough and Accomplished but be Gentle. She can Attack with a Smile but you be Nice.

Hillary Clinton once said and it is true "If You Cannot Stand the Heat - Get Out Of the Kitchen".

My sincere hope is that the media and the Obama Campaign will hold Sarah Palin, John McCain and the Republican Party accountable for Speaking the Truth and Giving the American Public Honest information upon which to make an informed decision.

The same is true of the Obama campaign but the media is for the most part delighted to challenge everything and anything positive about Barack Obama.

Keep Us All Honest. Proof Positive.

Thanks!

Posted by: TruthIsGood | September 4, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I wrote Westmoreland, too. You can get his email address from the House of Reps site. I didn't test it but you probably need a district address and zip. Try this 5 Verandah View, Newman, GA 30265-3343.

I suspect there's a filter on the site. I used You are a F*I*L*T*H*Y R.A.C.I.S.T.

Maybe lots of people can do it and crash his site.

Posted by: Alabamagirl | September 4, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Race Card Robinson strikes again. Like a good Obama supporter, he plays the race card when his Messiah falls behind. It won't work anymore!

Posted by: Libsarewhiners | September 4, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

"Just because this idiot uses the language of an idiot doesn't make all conservatives racist."

Okay, I'll spot you 98 percent then.....maybe 2 percent are not racist homophobic swine....but thats a stretch..

Posted by: nowhine | September 4, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

dcxdude wrote:"Latinos, Asians, Jews and even Native Americans are much less sensitive when it comes to race. "

well, dcx- Number 1- Jews are not a race. They re a religion and a culture. excuse me- we are a religion and a culture.
Number 2. How the hell would you know what Latinos, Asians, Jews or Native Americans think or feel? Your post only illustrates the fact you are completely ignorant of anything other than despicable racism.

If anyone disgusts Americans, real Americans, it's you. I am always amazed how racists think they are using brilliant logic an deduction to twist the issues to suit their own purposes. I know you desperately want to convince everyone that you're just be "honest" and up front and you're just "telling it like it is."

You don't know what "it" is, dcx. You're angry because you think you've been left out and stepped on while the blacks, the Jews,the asians, the latinos have been handed your patrimony and you got nothing. You need to think that because people like you can't admit you, the great white hopes of the world, could possibly be responsible for your own failures.

So take it out on Mr. Robinson. He's hardly worried about the opinion of a little redneck like yourself. He's moved on, you're still stuck in Nazi Germany.

Posted by: nyc sparrow | September 4, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why people keep saying it is racist for majority of black people to vote for Obama. It is EXTREMELY insulting that you don't think that most b black people are voting based on the issues, depite what you think- we are educated and know the issues.That is insulting. FYI My extended and family and I discuss the issues on a daily basis and we are voting for Obama because of his stance on lowering taxes for the middle class, his stance on the Iraq war, his stance on Afghanistan and Bin Laden, on bringing outsourced jobs back to USA etc etc. Not because he is black like you white folks would love to believe. That is quite racist if you ask me. When is the last time someone told you that you voted for every President until now because they are white?

Posted by: Shelly | September 4, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Eugene. This election is underlined with racist rhetoric and the "progress" we all are clinging to is that it is no longer acceptable to acknowledge that racism exists because it makes white people uncomfortable. From the son-in-law to be who is a proud "redneck" to the Republican Convention with one minority speaker, to the celebrated New Yorker cover, Black American remains silent so as not to scare off white voters and Cindy McCain remains "always proud of my country." So thank you for saying what most persons of African descent understand quite clearly: uppity in historical terms means "a ni_ _er" with an education." And the Republican Party says Amen.

Posted by: CharacterCounts | September 4, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

If Eugene Robinson did not have the race card, he would have no card to play at all.

Blur the issues: Obama believes in infanticide, socialism, condones liberation theology racists, and is soft on Islamofasism. These are not American values.

Posted by: Marvin Hulupka | September 4, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

This is only just the beginning of attacks on Obama -- direct and indirect -- to smear his campaign to be our next President. We have seen that while Obama has clearly stated he will not make personal attacks, the GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has already begun to attack Obama claiming his lack of experience and other nonsense. People in the GOP simply do not know how to be civil. They don't debate, the blurt out memorized sound-bites. I'm sick of this kind of politics. Lynn Westmoreland represents the worst of the GOP because of his racist attitude. Let's hope he is facing re-election soon, and the good people of Georgia remember to send him home packing....

Posted by: kmberger | September 4, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Eugene, did you also use the "uppity" race card?

I don't see why it is ok for you and noone else.

Go soak your head Eugene.

You are selling your soul for Obama and he is NOT worth it.

Look at all the good people who have trashed their reputations for him, Randi Rhodes, Ed Schultz, David Gergen and now YOU.

Posted by: Truth teller | September 4, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

This is only just the beginning of attacks on Obama -- direct and indirect -- to smear his campaign to be our next President. We have seen that while Obama has clearly stated he will not make personal attacks, the GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has already begun to attack Obama claiming his lack of experience and other nonsense. People in the GOP simply do not know how to be civil. They don't debate, the blurt out memorized sound-bites. I'm sick of this kind of politics. Lynn Westmoreland represents the worst of the GOP because of his racist attitude. Let's hope he is facing re-election soon, and the good people of Georgia remember to send him home packing....

Posted by: kmberger | September 4, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

This is only just the beginning of attacks on Obama -- direct and indirect -- to smear his campaign to be our next President. We have seen that while Obama has clearly stated he will not make personal attacks, the GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has already begun to attack Obama claiming his lack of experience and other nonsense. People in the GOP simply do not know how to be civil. They don't debate, the blurt out memorized sound-bites. I'm sick of this kind of politics. Lynn Westmoreland represents the worst of the GOP because of his racist attitude. Let's hope he is facing re-election soon, and the good people of Georgia remember to send him home packing....

Posted by: kmberger | September 4, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

This is only just the beginning of attacks on Obama -- direct and indirect -- to smear his campaign to be our next President. We have seen that while Obama has clearly stated he will not make personal attacks, the GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has already begun to attack Obama claiming his lack of experience and other nonsense. People in the GOP simply do not know how to be civil. They don't debate, the blurt out memorized sound-bites. I'm sick of this kind of politics. Lynn Westmoreland represents the worst of the GOP because of his racist attitude. Let's hope he is facing re-election soon, and the good people of Georgia remember to send him home packing....

Posted by: kmberger | September 4, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

This is only just the beginning of attacks on Obama -- direct and indirect -- to smear his campaign to be our next President. We have seen that while Obama has clearly stated he will not make personal attacks, the GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has already begun to attack Obama claiming his lack of experience and other nonsense. People in the GOP simply do not know how to be civil. They don't debate, the blurt out memorized sound-bites. I'm sick of this kind of politics. Lynn Westmoreland represents the worst of the GOP because of his racist attitude. Let's hope he is facing re-election soon, and the good people of Georgia remember to send him home packing....

Posted by: kmberger | September 4, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

The behinder McCain gets, the less 'sub' the racist subtext of the GOP commercials will become. That ugly sound you hear is the 'swiftboats' being fired up.
Has anybody asked what Role--official or otherwise--Rove is playing in McCain's campaign? Because you know he is. And, of course, to Rove, winning is everything. Or, the ends justify the means. Any means. Just win. And I have no doubt McCain just wants to win. I don't even think he knows why. He just wants to win. So, no holds barred, including racism. Hey, it's just politics. Everybody understands, you do what you gotta' do. Right?

Posted by: cody mccall | September 4, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama is clearly a narcissist. That he is a black does not matter. Nor does his color make him less so if a racist abuses him. Surely writing 2 memoirs before you've achieved anything is a give away? If every Ivy-league female, and every Ivy-league male who has a non-white ancestor were as prolific about their "triumph" over adversity in a country that celebrates achievement we'd _really_ have a de-forestation problem!
Is it really too much to ask for analysis of Obama's policies? His voting record? His list of achievements? _Anything_ he has done that has stood the test of time?

Posted by: Mark | September 4, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I, too, am a native Virginian, and I've never heard the word "uppity" used for anyone except African-Americans and women. An uppity white man? I don't think so.

Posted by: Jane | September 4, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, Lorna! @7:59
Do you think people will actually read that spew?

Paragraphs. Get some.

Anyway, Eugene, I see that the 'world is spinning is greased grooves' again for you. Happy racism, pal. This meatball said a magic word and you are on top again.

Because your reverse racism and your sexism were, well, just hanging out there a little to much. So, it's good to have someone go plain, so your sneaky stuff will stay good.

Posted by: jdwill | September 4, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Barack is "uppity".
My goodness.

I am surprised that he came out and said it. I shouldn't have been, given what I have seen for the last seven years, but I was nonetheless.

Thing is, I am fairly certain his constituents agree with Westmoreland. They probably elected his sorry behind in a landslide. The member of Congress and his flock are on the same page.

Posted by: crix | September 4, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Westmoreland is a no body and will always be. The changes coming from Camp Obama regardless of the outcome of this election will not be stopped.

However, I am 100% convinced that there are enough voters out there who truly want change and will see to our victory.

America will never go back to the period that the Westmoreland of this country had lived off of and it surprises me to the least bit that they are hopping mad.

Real change is always hard and more often be met with much resistance.

Personally, I am less concerned of the Westmorelands than those who will smile at his face, pledge their vote but stab in in the back come November.

Posted by: Jon Levi | September 4, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Mark,
Check out Newsweek.com they have a list of Obama's record and achievements in an article entitled, "GOP Spin at the RNC" Read Obamas books, google him for Christ Sakes. It's funny that people say they don't know where he stands on issues when that is all he talks about.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has set the tone and demonstrated leadership bottom-feeding on resentment and hate. What a polarizing creep you are demonstrating yourself to be, Mr. McCain.

You set a horrible example, and you seem proud of it.

Posted by: somerseten | September 4, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

The Republican convention turned into a hatefest, and there's plenty of room in the Republican tent for hate and ridicule and mindless vilification to distract people from the utter failure and rot of the Bush/Republican years. They're banking on the redneck vote, their ace in the hole, but this year it might--I emphasize might--not be enough. Good ole boys like Westmoreland just crystallize the ole Southern Strategy--Willie Horton, etc. etc. The Republicans are responsible for nine trillion dollars in debt and a war of lies--did they find the WMD yet?--but have no shame. But they are a despicable bunch, couldn't downsize government because they were too busy sucking off it.

Posted by: Plutonium57 | September 4, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

the shill has the nerve to call someone racisy?, When he relentlessly shills for obama merely because he's black? What a joke, anyone who reads eugene for anything but laughs is a complete idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Michael Hall...this is as disingenuous a piece of nonsense as I ever saw.

Posted by: DFC102 | September 4, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Michael 'E':

When one is in a hole, one should stop digging. Period! Uppity is as 'uppity' means in common parlance. No need to try to transform a 'sow's ear' into a 'silk purse'. It only strains your credulity. More respect would be extended if you would only acknowledge the historical relevance of skin color-based apartheid in this country. Hey, it is what it is! (Although I am sure that none of your ancestors - and certaintly not you - ever owned slaves, or actively supported or tacitly ignored the actions of groups like the KKK or its Aryian rights offspring, nor have you ever derived any financial benefit whatsoever from white skin color-based affirmative action) Dressing up a cow in a skirt does not a ballerina make. If the shoe doesn't fit you, then why worry?
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Now, on to "Dood":

Would you please say just a bit more about this supposed 'RaceCard', Eugene is accused of playing? I would specifically like to know how it was created? When was it determined, and by which Papal edict it was enunciated that people of color were less than human, had no soul and were then able to be treated as sub-human chattel? It would be particularly helpful if you could direct your response to why, then, is the 'Card' even in the deck, available to be played by anyone? And finally, why is it so eggregious for those subject to random skin color-based discrimination to call out a 'spade' - no pun intended - when it is in fact a 'spade'?
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Posted by: bldlcc | September 4, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Are you living on Earth?

Posted by: Dood | September 4, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Eugene - Whenever a Republican pleads ignorance, who are we to argue?

This white guy says keep up the good work.

Posted by: jaypem | September 4, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Michael E. Hall wrote: "Well, I'm 34, born and bred in Virginia (which, last I checked, was a Southern state) and I have never, ever heard of the word "uppity" being used to "put African Americans in their place," so to speak...

Michael E.Hall
Fairfax Va"

Are you serious? Fairfax Va is hardly the south. NOVA (Northern Virginia) should be a state unto itself especially Fairfax County. Drive an hour south of Fairfax bud."Uppity" and now "Macaca" are widely known and probably muttered word in those neck of the woods ya heard? Mr.Robinson thank you for exposing this for what it is.

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Posted by: Jay | September 4, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Kudos and thanks to Lorna for posting an objective view of Sarah Palin. Far more helpful than the non-information that's been in most of the media.

Posted by: Doone | September 4, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

It's true...not ALL conservatives are racists, but it's absolutely true that all racists are conservatives. No arguments please, after all, they wouldn't make any sense.

Posted by: HESS | September 4, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Well, Sarah Palin is an Uppity Woman and proud of it and what this going to do is get a lot of us to vote for her.

I've spent the entire day with my jaw dropping at the sound of previoulsy apolitical women starting a conversation with a did you watch the speech phrase and then saying I'm not into politics but I know I'm voting for her.

The cost of Obama's spiteful intransigence in not putting Hillary Clinton on the ticket is what will cost him this election.

Shoulda,coulda, woulda.
Tough luck.

-gala1

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

If I were a woman, I wouldn't be voting for a woman merely because of that reason. I'd vote for who I agree with in principle, not based just on gender.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

To y'all who think there is no racism anymore and the term "uppity" when applied to a person of color means "presumptous" ask yourselves. In this present time would you rather be black or continue to white? As a 62 year old white Southerner, I know what my answer is. The 34 year old Virginian is being naive or stupid. There was a time when being seen as "uppity" was a death sentance. The term "uppity" would never be applied to a White Man in the old confederacy or the so called New South (a term applied to old Confederacy from around 1940 to 1966 because judically approved murder of black people had generally ceased except in Mississipi and Alabama) because a male member of the Superior Race could never be so deemed. However, women of either race were another mater. So, y'all dont protest too much!

Posted by: A Hardwick | September 4, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse


"The notion that Obama is somehow reaching beyond his station..."

Nope.

Reaching beyond his competency as demonstrated to date.

I would love to see candidate Obama a decade or so from now, when he has a track record.

Obama used to agree:

"You know, I am a believer in … in knowing what you’re doing when you apply for a job. Uh, and I think that...if I were seriously to consider running on a national ticket, I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the Senate. Now there may be some people who are comfortable doing that, but I am not one of those people."

- Barack Obama, November 2004

Posted by: WylieD | September 4, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Mark the problem your argument presents for you is that proves how uninformed you are and displays your content is staying that way. Just how much has to be done for you? If you have a genuine interest, READ. One need do no more than that to have a working understanding of Obama's record. It is a blatant lie to say he has done nothing. It was an utter lie when Palin claimed that Obama authored two memoirs but didn't write a single piece of legislation. I could, with the greatest of ease detail Obama's active record and accomplishments, however considering you called a man you admittedly know nothing about a narcissist what good would that do? Would you then research the record and look at this man objectively? Clearly not.

Eugene, I am glad you wrote on this. I blogged a bit on it earlier and was just disgusted. I don't feel the slightest latitude should be offered. No decent person should be exposed to this creature ever; let alone be subjected to him as a part of our legislative body. He should be shamed and drummed out of our political arena immediately. Will the Republicans do that? Of course not, they love these freebie reminders of racial divides.

Posted by: Cest Moi Citizen Media | September 4, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

The 34 year old Virginian is being naive or stupid.-----------

In all fairness, he may just never have been exposed to that word or phrase, although I'm certainly aware of it. But, I've been around the block many times.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

To the moron who thinks African Americans are voting for Obama simply because he's black, what do you think about me? I'm a white guy in my late 50s who is voting for Obama. I'm voting for him because it's the only way to start to undo the terrible damage that Bush/Cheney and the Republicans have done to my country, and it doesn't matter whether he's black, brown, white, or green.

And just for the record, I know exactly what "uppity" means, and it's as racially loaded a term as anything in the English language. Those who say otherwise are either lying or ignorant. But of course the far right embraces both ignorance and falsehood.

Posted by: Bill | September 4, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Robinson -

Is Biden a racist too for saying Obama was "clean" and "articulate"? How about saying "You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. Oh, I'm not joking."

Either Biden is a racist or Robinson is a stinking hypocrite.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 4, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

One more thing. The fact that Obama's top stooge in the media is playing the race shows how scared Democrats are.

All the race baiting in the world aint gonna change it Gene. Sell your racist hatred somwhere else.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 4, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

racists are a statistically significant demographic, i don't see why you can't pander to them. i mean, there's no honour in it, but it is politics after all.

what the republicans are doing is something different: making a racist statement, then harnessing the angry right's indignation by claiming the media/obama camp are 'playing the race card' in response.

that way you can slip neatly into the victim's position directly after you've made an attack.

my word to describe this: cowardice.

Posted by: muppetty | September 4, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a blatant racist like Robinson, takes exception to one of his own, another blatant racist from a different party.

Sorry Robinson your part of the problem, and you'll never be part of the solution.
Until both black and white people of your ilk, take a dirt nap.

Posted by: Dashriprock | September 4, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

"People should state their positions/beliefs up-front. Like this fat, unhealthy Georgian geezer has done.

Posted by: Hermann Stauffel"

Yes, we should be tolerant like this guy.


Are all liberals hypocrites? Sure seems that way.

And just for the record, I know exactly what "clean" and "articulate mean, and they are as racially loaded terms as anything in the English language. Those who say otherwise are either lying or ignorant. But of course the far left embraces both ignorance and falsehood.

Posted by: romorrow | September 4, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm so sick of listening to all the campaign promises. Promises, promises.
A little something for just about everyone. Let's please everyone a bit so we can get elected and then accomplish very little. Or at least if we do nothing else well, maybe we can get into a war somewhere, maybe Iran, or Venezuela.

And let's not forget to build nuclear plants so we can create more waste that we have no safe method of recycling.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

"what the republicans are doing is something different: making a racist statement, then harnessing the angry right's indignation by claiming the media/obama camp are 'playing the race card' in response."

Is Biden a racist too? Or are you one of the many liberal hypocrites out here are so desperate to smear Republicans as racists?

Explain why you hold Biden to a totally different standard, hypocrite.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 4, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow, who knew that "uppity" was a term to insult black people. I am a young black girl who never experienced racism and do not view this country as a country of racists. The term "uppity" is not a racial slur according to its dictionary definition.
Mr. Robinson, I'm not sure why you play old school and put the race card on the table, especially when Obama has done a decent job of not playing victim politics.

Posted by: Kia | September 4, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Who cares???? How does this affect the majority of Americans? It doesn't. It's a hair-splitting argument, emotionally charged and regardless of which side, if you take any, you can't convince the "other" side. This is one of those articles written to incite, not discussion, but anger. This is so irrelevant compared to my daughter's leukemia, the price of gas or the war.

Posted by: Lyonell | September 5, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

It's only racist when republicans do it. Robinson defended the actions of the racists in his own party (and race) who tossed oreo cookies at Lt Gov Steele. I'll take his 'outrage' with a grain of salt.

Posted by: notblack | September 5, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I grew up on the other side of the world from the USA, but even back in the 1960s before I had immigrated into the USA, I knew of the word uppity only as part of the two-word Americanism "uppity n-----". Leaving out the second part does nothing to cover up racism, pure and simple.

Posted by: Mark Stearman | September 5, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

"

Ah, the race card.

It ALWAYS gets thrown on the table when Obama is in trouble.

Posted by: Dood | September 4, 2008 8:24 PM "

Yup. In this case, by Westmoreland. Can you get him to shut up?

Posted by: tom | September 5, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

you know, the only people playing race in this election were/are the black people.Isn't it about time you all climbed down fromyour high horse and admitted that you are racist in the extreme. Black caucas, black beauty pagents, black mcdonald franchisees,black this and black that. You hide behind the label of racism and practice it openly yourselves. Obama doesn't deserve the nomination, it was given to him by a beaten down democratic party. Had the primaries been run as the repups ran theirs, Hillary would be the nominee. Yes, Obama wont win in November precisely because he is Negro and the south wont vote for him as well as a substantial portion of the north.

Posted by: rbathelib | September 5, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Any liberals out there want to explain the why Westmoreland's remarks are racist but Biden's aren't?

I want to see liberal moral relativity in action.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Is calling BHO "uppity" worse than professing in front of a live microphone to want to cut his testicles off?

Either hold everyone to the same standard or else get off the pulpit.

Posted by: Barber | September 5, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

rmorrow, i don't need to explain why i hold biden to a different standard, because i don't.

republicans have smeared themselves with their record of the last eight years. that means i can argue effectively for an obama presidency without resorting to name-calling and the rest of it.

Posted by: and.. | September 5, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Wednesdhttp://www.americablog.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-and-lies-to-america.htmlay, September 03, 2008


Sarah Palin meets -- and lies -- to America

Posted by: ConradDobler | September 5, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

For years I tried to defend my party from charges of racism. I no longer can. The whole tenor of the McCAin campaign, as David Gergen pointed out, is that he's "uppity." Now, it's been said.

The GOP has one less member.

Posted by: reagan democrat | September 5, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

notice how rbathelib can't resist addressing all black people as if they're one consciousness? there's nothing more deliciously ironic than someone that accuses a whole race of racism.

you seriously need to reintroduce yourself to logic, rbathelib.

Posted by: nucleus | September 5, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he was just fat-mouthin'

I love that term.

Posted by: jhtlag | September 5, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

"rmorrow, i don't need to explain why i hold biden to a different standard, because i don't.

republicans have smeared themselves with their record of the last eight years. that means i can argue effectively for an obama presidency without resorting to name-calling and the rest of it."

Well I'm not surprised that an angry liberal hates Republicans. What I want to know is the question I asked and you ducked:

Is Biden a racist too, or are you just another partisan hypocrite?

Keep ducking the question if you want, but your boilerplate crap means nothing to me.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that the racist remark of ONE PERSON would even catch your attention when 92% OF BLACKS VOTED FOR OBAMA.

The racist WORDS of one person seem a somewhat less important when they're compared with the racist ACTIONS of a large population.

Racism in all its forms is deplorable, but it's hypocritical to focus on the tree while at the same time ignoring the forest.


Posted by: GM | September 4, 2008 9:34 P
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In 2000 and 2004 100% of voting whites voted for a white candidate. So what's your point?

This often repeated nonsense that blacks are voting for Obama because he is black is stupid. Blacks have voted for white candidates in every presidental election except this one. Finally there is a candidate that shares our concerns that also happens to be a man of color. Should I call you a racist because you will vote for the white candidate?

Posted by: Just another reader | September 5, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Can I get one liberal to explain why Westmoreland is a racist and Biden is not?

Even you guys can't twist reality enough to come up with an answer.

Either they are both racists or neither is racists.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

This is the problem of the Republican Party. While its key platform points are very attractive, makes sense, and if executed the way they are supposed to be executed could actually propel this country for the next two centuries.

But this is why it won't. I'm an African-American, and I'm an independent. If you look really closely, both Candidates want the best for the country, neither wants to risk national security, or to extend our dependency of foreign oil. There are fine points to be taken by both parties.

However financially, I really dig the Republicans, socially I really dig the Democrats. And its in this social aspect that scares the living daylights out of me about the GOP. I've come close to registering with GOP. Give me a NRA app, I'll sign it, I love to praise the Lord anytime of the day, why should I have to press 2 for English?, and I believe that there's no such thing as a free lunch. Now when I go to GOP fundraisers or grass root meetings, I always get the feeling that I'm not wanted there or I'm really creeping the folks out in the room. That if I wasn't there, the N bomb would be dropping like bombs over Baghdad.

I believe that GOP registration is peaking and will shrink over the next few years if it doesn't do a better job of inclusion. They have exclusion down pact.
Lesson #1: UPPITY is a derogatory term if you didn't know it, you know it now, so don't use it.

Lesson #2: just in case you didn't know, Jigga-boo, pick-a-ninny, tar baby, porch monkey, darky, spear chucker, sambo, coon, and mammy, are off limits. THESE ARE OFFENSIVE!!!! Now you have no excuse I don't care what Websters, MacMillian, or Google has to say about them, don't say them.

Posted by: American | September 5, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

American -

Explain why you don't feel the same about Biden. Let me refresh your memory:

Biden called Obama "clean" and "articulate". He also said "You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. Oh, I'm not joking."

Do you really care about racism? Or do you just need another excuse to hate a huge group of people who don't share your narrow views of the world?


Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Wait to put it, American.

Posted by: Lyonell | September 5, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Frankly I think Mr. Robinson should be dissappointed, after uncovering every stone and slinging many stones falsely (c.f. Bill Clinton = Racist), he has managed to uncover exactly 1 racist. Some hee haw congressman from Atlanta. Well congratulations, now we know that more than .2% of the house of representatives thinks Obama is 'uppity'.

Big story, should be front page. Caption could read: Biggest Idiot in America is also a Racist. Seems like Pulitzer prize material to me, lol...........

Posted by: DCDave | September 5, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm a born-and-bred southerner, and I don't think of "uppity" as racially loaded. How many words are off the table simply because Obama is black?

Posted by: born-and-bred | September 5, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Lyonell -

Is Biden a racist too? Or are you yet one more partisan hypocrite?

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Morrow, I could care less about Biden or what he said, if you ask me I'd say its typical, he has a history of saying idiotic things. But I wouldn't go so far as to call him a racist.

But your bone to pick isn't with me. Like I said, I've almost registered with the GOP twice. I'm giving in my honest opinion why they're not registering a lot of African-Americans.

Posted by: American | September 5, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

DCDave -

First, let me tell you that "hee haw" Altanta is just as cosmopolitan as DC, just not so dirty and run down.

Second of all, do you consider Biden a racist too?

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

rmorrow, i don't hate republicans, i just don't agree with their policy. the biden quote i assume you're talking about could be construed as offensive, sure.

you seem to like calling people names, it's rude. that's really all it comes down to. have some class, calling people names and making generalisations is pointless and just gets people angry.

calling a black candidate 'uppity' is just bad form. biden's motormouth gets him into trouble, but it's not quite in the same league.

Posted by: what was my name again | September 5, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

"Morrow, I could care less about Biden or what he said, if you ask me I'd say its typical, he has a history of saying idiotic things. But I wouldn't go so far as to call him a racist."

Then why do you call Moreland a racist? Why is Moreland not "just saying idiotic things".

And spare me the "non-partisan" crap. You are accusing a whole party of being racist. Your hypocrisy on the Biden question only confirms your partisanship.

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Posted by: Indie | September 5, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

YAWN. Eugene pulls the race card out. Who would have guessed that would happen?

Posted by: REX | September 4, 2008 10:00 PM

No, "race card" has now joined "class warfare", "support the troops", "marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman", "judges that legislate from the bench", "liberal elites", "elite liberals", "tax and spend", "Mainstream Media" and other bon mots as the preferred vocabulary of the knee-jerk right. It easier to bandy this non-language around than really converse.

But there is no doubt about the connotation of "uppity".

Posted by: mcavoy | September 5, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely 100% spot-on. Your words are always so eloquent, when I know you have to be madder than hell at the Congressman's words.

Posted by: John Conley | September 5, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

After Guiliani and Palin's speeches last night, my husband and I were discussing the ultimate message. Our determination: the R's were saying that Barack Obama is an uppity n* and John McCain is a war hero. I'm glad someone finally said it out loud. People need to see the racist bs that the bigots are spewing.

Posted by: anon | September 5, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Born-and-Bred, you have many African-American's saying (Just read the post) that the term itself IS racially loaded, whither or not how you interpret it, its hurtful to many.

It has nothing to do with Obama, if the Representative was referring to John Lewis, it would be racially loaded, if he was referring to Michael Steele it would be racially loaded, using it in the context of referring to an/any African-American is going to get a negative response.

Posted by: American | September 5, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Muskrat sez Obama is tax and spend. Thomas Jefferson fought to found a debt free govt. Unfortunetly Washington's choice for the Treasury was Hamilton who managed to push the European standard of Debt.

I will thank you though because you acknowledge that Dems make sure they have the money before they spend it.

Whereas Repubs seem to prefer 'borrow and spend'.

Posted by: Oosik | September 5, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

"calling a black candidate 'uppity' is just bad form. biden's motormouth gets him into trouble, but it's not quite in the same league. "

Why? Give me a logical answer.

rmorrow, i don't hate republicans, i just don't agree with their policy. the biden quote i assume you're talking about could be construed as offensive, sure.

"you seem to like calling people names, it's rude. that's really all it comes down to. have some class, calling people names and making generalisations is pointless and just gets people angry."

Yeah, it is so much more polite to accuse people of racism. And accusing Republicans as being racist as a whole is not making generalisations.

Have you ever made any such complaints to the hateful liberals here who outnumber me 50 to 1? Or is this yet one more example of a liberal demonstrating his hypocrisy?

Pick a standard and stick with it. I know it is hard for a liberal to be consistant, but give it shot.

calling a black candidate 'uppity' is just bad form. biden's motormouth gets him into trouble, but it's not quite in the same league.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

"Our determination: the R's were saying that Barack Obama is an uppity n* and John McCain is a war hero"

Only an idiot partisan would think that. But hey, if the shoe smells.

Any thoughts on Biden's comments, hypocrite?

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

"Absolutely 100% spot-on. Your words are always so eloquent, when I know you have to be madder than hell at the Congressman's words.

Posted by: John Conley"

Why isn't he mad as hell at Biden? Too Democrat to be criticized?

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

RMorrow, I didn't call the Rep. a racist either, I've never met the man. What I'm saying is the term he used is a negative one. Wither he knew it or not, I don't know.

I don't like to throw the word racist around lightly, its like calling someone a rapist, you better damn sure have evidence to give that person that label.

Posted by: American | September 5, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Eugene - Black people don't own the phrase "uppity," we White people also have a use for the word "uppity," it means someone who acts and thinks they are better than anyone else -

Also, Sarah Palin has it over Obama in more ways than one - she is really electrifying. Sarah has one-upped Obama - he can't outdo Palin - Not this time.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

rmorrow,
You are aware that Biden WAS criticized heavily for his "clean and articulate" line. It probably destroyed his Presidential campaign.

But Obama knew that it was a poorly worded complement and not patronizing racism. That's why he invited Biden on to the ticket.

Posted by: Elrod | September 5, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but the word "uppity" has been used extensively in the South where I grew up as "getting out of your place". If you consider this person's age and sex, I find it hard to believe he used it in any other context. Children of both African-American and white parents were told not to "get uppity". It's a particularly an ugly word when it's applied to an entire race or gender but using it today shows poor self control, dubious critical thinking, poor language skills, and pandering to audiences I cringe to think of.

As a white person raised in the South in the 50's and 60's, I, personally - just an opinion, mind you - think it was probably used as a racial slur.

Posted by: B Jackson | September 5, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

rmorrow wrote:

"Yeah, it is so much more polite to accuse people of racism. And accusing Republicans as being racist as a whole is not making generalisations."

can you show me where i accused all republicans of being racist? pretty sure i wouldn't do that.

sounds like you've made up your mind about liberals though.

Posted by: porky barrel | September 5, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

"I don't like to throw the word racist around lightly, its like calling someone a rapist, you better damn sure have evidence to give that person that label."

Hmmm. But just a few minutes ago, when speaking of Republicans you said "if I wasn't there, the N bomb would be dropping like bombs over Baghdad."

That's not accusing people of being racists? Tell us again about needing to be more careful with our language.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

I am amazed. As an almost 50 year old white woman, I had no idea uppity was code. I was born and raised in Arkansas among racists. I have not lived there in over 30 years. I am a 15 year veteran and college educated. Perhaps the congressmen could have chosen a better word... perhaps conceeded would have been more palatable and as accurate.

Posted by: mgwathor | September 5, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Michael, you must be young. In today's more PC world, you might well not have come across this word - especially living in *Northern* Virginia.

I am born and raised in VA, and my parents are from NC. I'm not young. Trust me, "uppity" in the South, was *always* a modifier of the N-word, and means exactly what other posters and E.R. have indicated. It's despicable.

BTW, I'm white.

Posted by: Pam | September 5, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

It never fails to amaze me , the number of posters on these boards who cannot acknowledge the toxic heritage of growing up black, in america. Suddenly, because of civil rights legislation passed only 40 years ago,over many dead bodies, most of them black, 600 years of dehumanizing treatment and conditioning is expected to disappear, and black americans pretend to be inheritors of the benefits previosly accruing only if you were white.I never fail to be amazed at how optimistic and patriotic black americans have been over many years , serving in many of americas wars.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Gene Robinson certainly is an expert on racism. He branded both Bill and Hillary Clinton as Racists. He branded every democrat who would not vote for Obama as racist. He is obsessed by racism.

The truth is that Robinson sees everything in terms of color - HIS color. This racist shill for Obama has naught but contempt for anyone who might not share his views. As such he insults over half the electorate.

Robinson is a deeply disturbed man in need counsel. Some one give him what he needs, please.

Posted by: J.D. Winterbottom | September 5, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

"can you show me where i accused all republicans of being racist? pretty sure i wouldn't do that."

Well porky, that comment was in direct response to someone who did accuse the GOP of being racists. And yes, there are plenty of folks calling Republicans racist. This appears to be your first post, so its kind of tough for me to comment on comments that were never made.

"sounds like you've made up your mind about liberals though."

Made up my mind about the liberals on this board. I have a ton of liberal friends and they are smart, good people who just have a different viewpoint than me.

The liberals on this board are hateful partisan hypocrites, but anyone who can read can see that.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

thanks Sean-492003, about time for some honesty.

Posted by: yogi | September 5, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Robinson, You want people feel sorry for Obama? that is what you guys did to Hillary "using race Card" Tell me why 95% of African American voting for Obama?. you need to answer this question before you post stuped article like this. you are so wrong. I am so happy that last few days I have not seen Obama face on TV, times has come.
MOVE ON OBAMA,

Posted by: amal | September 5, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey B Jackson,

I understand where you're coming from. I'm old enough to remember when DC was still The South as was Maryland. Taking the train down from New York, you had to move to the back cars as soon as the train enter MD from PA.

Overtime the DC area has blossomed into a Metropolis attracting many people from all over the world, so the Southern roots have slowly dissappeared. I remember when the Redskins fight song used to be Fight for old Dixie, not D.C.

Posted by: American | September 5, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

"It never fails to amaze me , the number of posters on these boards who cannot acknowledge the toxic heritage of growing up black, in america."

What does any of that have to do with this subject. Sounds like you are saying, "there has been racism, so Republicans should just accept being accused of being racists today."

No thanks :)

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

"I am born and raised in VA, and my parents are from NC. I'm not young. Trust me, "uppity" in the South, was *always* a modifier of the N-word, and means exactly what other posters and E.R. have indicated. It's despicable."

How about "clean" and "articulate"?

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Gene Robinson certainly is an expert on racism. He branded both Bill and Hillary Clinton as Racists. He branded every democrat who would not vote for Obama as racist. He is obsessed by racism.

The truth is that Robinson sees everything in terms of color - HIS color. This racist shill for Obama has naught but contempt for anyone who might not share his views. As such he insults over half the electorate.

Robinson is a deeply disturbed man in need counsel. Some one give him what he needs, please.

Posted by: J.D. Winterbottom | September 5, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Well obviously Westmoreland wanted the Ten Commandments posted in the Senate Chambers so he could actually learn them.

As for the uppity thing, I hear that the Obama camp responded thusly:

"They call me MISTER Obama!"

Posted by: ddub | September 5, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

"Well obviously Westmoreland wanted the Ten Commandments posted in the Senate Chambers so he could actually learn them. "

What about Biden? Different standards for those who share your narrow views?

Its clear that Democrats have found that the "hope" and "change" theme has run out of steam. Time to move on to the race card.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Gene Robinson certainly is an expert on racism. He branded both Bill and Hillary Clinton as Racists. He branded every democrat who would not vote for Obama as racist. He is obsessed by racism.

The truth is that Robinson sees everything in terms of color - HIS color. This racist shill for Obama has naught but contempt for anyone who might not share his views. As such he insults over half the electorate.

Robinson is a deeply disturbed man in need counsel. Some one give him what he needs, please.

Posted by: J.D. Winterbottom | September 5, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Michal Hall,

A "presumptive" nominee is someone who is presumed (assumed) to be the nominee.

A "presumptuous" person is someone who acts like he/she is richer, smarter, or more important that he/she really is.

Presumptive and presumptuous are worlds apart in meaning. It is obvious that the use of presumptuous was used incorrectly when presumptive was intended in the article you quoted.

If you are really as erudite as you would have us think, I am sure you realized the word presumptuous was incorrectly used and that the author did not intend to say "uppity" nominee. This was a very poor example to use to prove your case.

Why do you feel that you need to defend the statesman who used the unfortunate word of "uppity"? Do you really believe that you need to defend EVERY WORD every other Republican utters--even when those words are really, really dumb? If so, you are going to be really, really busy.

Posted by: English Teacher | September 5, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

rmorrow: oh yeah i've changed my name a whole lot on this thing because i keep forgetting.

your last comment was in response to a post of mine under a different name. i didn't make any generalisations about Rs in that post, so i guess you must have had me mixed up with somebody else.

still can't believe people will argue black and blue that 'uppity' isn't offensive to african americans. i guess a lot of people just come on here and mouth off anonymously.

Posted by: what was my name again | September 5, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm. But just a few minutes ago, when speaking of Republicans you said "if I wasn't there, the N bomb would be dropping like bombs over Baghdad."

That's not accusing people of being racists? Tell us again about needing to be more careful with our language.

----------------------------
Again RMorrow, I didn't call them racists, I was telling you how I felt being in the room.

Even if the person says the N word, I'm not prepared to call them racist, but I definitely wouldn't be comfortable around them.

In all high probability, I could have read them wrong, we all carry prejudices within us wither we admit it or not, and I came up from a time where you observed body language, attitudes, and all non-verbal communication as it may just save your life.

Posted by: American | September 5, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

It's sad how little Americans know of their history. Black men where lynched in the 20's through the 90's, especially in the South, for not removing their hat when approaching a white man. Black men were referred to as "boy" or some other pejorative, even if the Black man was much older and worthy of more respect. They could be arrested and thrown in jail if they didn't leave the sidewalk when other white people approached. Why do you think Rosa Parks is famous? Let me assure you, that Congressman KNEW exactly what the implication was when he used the term. I've come to refer to the Republicans as the "New Dixiecrats", due in large part to the types of campaign tactics used most recently, ie what was done to Harold Ford in Tennessee, how the "Dixiecrats" tried to associate the Black parolee to Michael Dukakis, and more recently, how the late Jesse Helms routinely used race against Harvey Gantt. What do you think the implication behind "Law and Order" meant in a political campaign? At least George Wallace had the courage to say it out loud,
"Segregation now, Segregation tomorrow". We're not sensitive, we're just tired of hearing it.

Posted by: marcpenn1 | September 5, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,

As a BORN & RAISED SOUTHERNER in my mid-20s I can honestly report that NEVER in my life have I been told or inferred from anyone who has ever used the word "uppity" that it is racist.

When I saw the title "Racism in Plain English" I automatically assumed that this article would revel something damaging but instead it makes me rethink this:

I lived in the North-East for over 2 years. While working there I became very good friends with an African American young woman who picked on me as "uppity" because she thought it was hilarious I loved sushi, loved to go to the vineyards, and loved to travel.

Are you telling me that I should be offended by her calling me uppity because of those factors?

Was there something beneath that word that I didn't appropriately wrap my mind around?

The thought honestly never crossed my mind before.

From one of the "only born-and-bred Southerner alive who is so oblivious ..."

- Maggie

Posted by: Maggie | September 5, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Maggie, ask your Mother or Father what Uppity meant when they were your age, I'm quite sure they were around folks who used it.

This may be a generational thing, but either way you look at it, the Rep. is old enough to know better to have used that term. Even so, I'm not prepared to call the man a racist.

Posted by: American | September 5, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm a born and breed 40+ year old southerner who has never one heard that the work "uppity" is racial.

I think someone needs to get their "drawers" out of a wad.

Posted by: DBS1223 | September 5, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Palin throw heaps of scorn on Obama's beginnings as a community organizer, which leads one to ask what it is that Palin dislikes about community organizers. The answer, in keeping with her status as a right wing republican, is that she dislikes the people community organizers serve.

Posted by: Ed | September 5, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

To the people who continue to point out that 90% of blacks support Obama... it's a false indictment of African-Americans and how they feel about the issues. once again I remind you that Kerry, Gore, and if memory serves even Walter Mondale got 88% of the black vote. Bill Clinton got around 85% in both of his elections. Do your research! That information is available in about 30 seconds of point-n-clicking. It's about the party, although blacks are rightfully glad that someone who resembles them is at least taken seriously for the highest office in the land.

Posted by: Dee S. | September 5, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

According to Etymology dictionary:

uppity
1880, from up; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in "Uncle Remus"). The parallel British variant uppish (1678) originally meant "lavish;" the sense of "conceited, arrogant" being first recorded 1734.

Posted by: Help I'm A Rock! | September 5, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

You know, I went to UCLA. I consider myself as lower-class. However, one day I went to a football game and I drove the car my parents gave me. LOL...I called someone upperclass while I was driving past them...and I'm black.

The uppity label can be applied to blacks..

Posted by: Shannon B. | September 5, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

You OWE me the presidency!

Posted by: Community Organizer | September 5, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the republicans are feeling so confident after the base cheered Gov Palin that they no longer feel a need to speak in code. They can just be outright racist. After all, that's the word they wanted to use all along.

Posted by: Sandy | September 5, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

So, let me get this straight. Because some dingbat says the word "uppity" every criticism of THE ONE is racist? That makes sense. Obviously Obama's minions(oh, god, is minions racist?) are now terrified because THE ONE can't break above 50% in the polls, so its back to the old playbook. You remember, they took the Clintons apart because of their "secret"racism. Blacks like Obama and Robinson use the word "racism" as a club when they can't win by honorable means.

Posted by: paladin | September 5, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Mr Robinson,

THanks for being post-racial. LMAO

Posted by: Jack M | September 5, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

wellllllll

Governor Palin did pretty well

annnnnnnnnnnnd

she seems to be a

uhhhhhhhhhh

qualified.

Annnnnnnnnnnnd

I just messed myself.

Posted by: Community Organizer | September 5, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Given the Republicans' penchant for playing divisive racial politics in the past, it is not a surprise that many will continue to question their motives.....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/13/AR2005071302342.html

Posted by: Help I'm A Rock! | September 5, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Don't call me uppity.

Just genuflect.

Posted by: Community Organizer | September 5, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

If B. H. Obama is attempting to reach beyond his assigned station in life then S. Palin is angling to arrange a Christian Holy War, a Crusade, against Muslims. Pretty out there conceptually, but meaty, with a piquant after-taste. Something voters can use to remind themselves for whom to vote (or vote against), once they drag themselves to the polls.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | September 5, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Where's my teleprompter?

Posted by: Community Organizer | September 5, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Cheryl and the rest of you McSame hypocrites...you think Obama is condescending. Rove, Peggy Noonan and the rest of the republican talking heads think americans are so stupid that they will believe anything. They say one thing on camera and tell people what they really think off camera. Here's Rove saying Tom Kaine is totally incapable of being VP because of his inexperience and then later claiming Sarah Palin is the next coming of Teddy Roosevelt. Get a clue and wake up. For God's sake, get a clue and stop parrotnig stupid GOP talking points.


http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=184086&title=Sarah-Palin-Gender-Card

Posted by: God Help Us | September 5, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

wellllllll

Governor Palin did pretty well

annnnnnnnnnnnd

she seems to be a

uhhhhhhhhhh

qualified.

Annnnnnnnnnnnd

I just messed myself.

Posted by: Community Organizer | September 5, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Help I'm a Rock!

according to Websters:

Nig*er - a person of any race or origin regarded as contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc.

I'm quite sure you find that word offensive. You wouldn't call someone a N***** in place of calling them ignorant would you?

Just because its defined doesn't mean the word has taken on a connotation that is offensive to others.

Posted by: American | September 5, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

No one can speak better than Obama ... except a hockey mom from Alaska.

Posted by: W F Buckley | September 5, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

I feel really horrible that the guy who wrote this article, who seems rightly and genuinely pissed off, has to sift through all these comments which show that nobody in America can miss an opportunity to be an offensive, dissimulating, accusatory, vituperative jerk.

Posted by: Julia | September 5, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Memoirs 2, Legislation 0

Present votes ... 130

Civil Forum:
McCain 14, Obama 0

Posted by: Pretty Pit Bull w/Lipstick | September 5, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who lived in the South during the civil rights era knows that saying a black man is "uppity" is putting out the word that he needs to be put back in his place. He may need a local deputy to pull him over and humiliate him in public or for his employer to threaten his job or for his bank to threaten to call in a loan or some other way that the white segregationist establishment could put him in his place of inferiority.
Any black man who acted as if he should be treated as an equal to whites could not be tolerated lest he become a community organizer or join forces with "outside agitators."

Posted by: JBM | September 5, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Rmorrow, don't you think that it's shallow and cynical for someone to introduce a bill to display the Ten Commandments but now even know what they are? Do think Westmoreland actually lives his life by them? It might be kind of hard if he doesn't even know what they are. I think most Republicans who can't actually talk about the pressing issues facing our country because they have no ideas resort to name calling like Westmoreland.

Larry "St. Paul" Craig

Posted by: Larry Craig | September 5, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

You think he reads this stuff, Julia?

This is a business, Julia.

They give a place to vent ... because they are business.

Gene is at a bar drinking with Chris Matthews ... they are trying to calm their quivering legs.

Posted by: You're stupid | September 5, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Adj.1. uppity uppity - presumptuously arrogant; "had a witty but overweening manner"; "no idea how overweening he would be"- S.V.Benet; "getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down"- NY Times
overweening
immodest - having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc; "brash immodest boasting"
THAT APPLIES TO OBAMA AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN...JUST THE CONTENT OF HIS SPEECHES IN SAN FRANCISCO ABOUT AND BEHIND THE BACK OF THE PEOPLE IN PENNSYVANIA CLINGING TO THEIR RELIGION AND THEIR GUNS AND HAVING AN ANTIPATHY TOWARD PEOPLE NOT LIKE THEM AND OTHER SUCH HUBRIS FILLED STATEMENTS ABOUT WHAT A GREAT MAN HE IS.

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY | September 5, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

*laughing*

"A Community Organizer? What?"

*laughing*

Posted by: Rudy G | September 5, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

DBS1223,

Geez, because you have never heard of it must mean it's a complete fabrication.

Posted by: John McBush | September 5, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Hey!!! Communities need organizing?

What?! Are you for messy, disorganized communities?

Posted by: Community Organizer | September 5, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Julia,

I see you are putting that thesaurus to good use.

Well sort of.

Posted by: Dispassionate Observer | September 5, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

I wonder why Palins ratings as Governor are 80% plus if she is such a horrid person as (Sean-492003 Posted by: Lorna | September 4, 2008 7:59 PM) posted. Oddly enough we have family and spend time in Alaska and have heard nothing but positive things about the Governor. But I also know that people who make change as she has, will also have enemies. And I had to smile at the word 'uppity' because I have used the term on one of my kids when they has acted up and mouthed off.

Posted by: MotherLodeBeth | September 5, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

When a politician from Chicago with a terrible non voting record, one who consorts with slumlords, felons, terrorists, and anti American, Anti White, Anti Jewish and Anti Israeli Marxists who honors one of the most vicious bigots, Louis Farrakhan tries to parlay his working as a community organizer into his becoming president of the United States and Commander in Chief without ever having done one thing for his country then that person is uppity and much much more. That person is a narcissist and an egomaniac.


Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY | September 5, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

To all:

For those of us who are older than, say, 50 - the word "uppity" is a term that has been applied to blacks, women, and poor white folk who didn't "know their place". It was used in conjunction with the word n-----, the words "white trash" and the word c--t. It was used that way all over the US, not just in the south. Ask anyone in Chicago.

It's not too surprising that folk born after the Civil Rights movement are not used to hearing that word used in that way. English speakers in other countries have other "code words". Joshua, try Webster's instead of Oxford's for a better take on the use of "uppity" in America.

Great column as always, Eugene.

Posted by: Moreen | September 5, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

CaliforniaMarty,

If you think Obama is condescending, what do think the Republicans are. Peggy Noonan wrote an article in the WSJ saying how Palin spelled the end of Democrats and then two hours later was on MSNBC telling Mike Murphy how she was not qualified for the job. How about that for condescending. Or this:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=184086&title=Sarah-Palin-Gender-Card

Posted by: Mark "Page" Foley | September 5, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Well, Michael Hall, I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, during the Civil Rights movement, lived in its affluent white suburb, Mt. Brook, and know full well that "uppity goes with n---."

I'm white, older than you, and I've read more books. Eugene Robinson is correct.

Similarly, "states' rights" is segregationist code. If you don't know these things, you're not much of a Southerner.

The OED concentrates on British English, not American.

Posted by: Btraven | September 5, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

California Marty,

Your beloved Sarah Palin and her husband are part of a party that wants Alaska to secede from the United States of America. "Alaska First, Alaska Always" is their motto. And you're questioning Obama's credentials to be commander-in-chief. What a hypocrite.

Posted by: Scot Free Libby | September 5, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah....I forgot, McCain's motto is "Country First". Maybe they can change it to "Country First, Alaska Always" and then when Palin becomes president, "Alaska First, Alaska Always".

Posted by: Don "Stuff Happens" Rummy | September 5, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Robinson's reaction reflects not only his obsession with "race" but also reveals his age.

I am a born and bred southerner who until recently had no idea "uppity" was so charged a word. I'm at least a generation behind Robinson, Master's-degreed (earned academic scholarships), and I'm hardly unique in these characteristics.

It was only upon making the mistake of relocating to what surely must be THE most race-obsessed (and hypocritical) region of the nation, Greater(!) DC, that I encountered racism in full bloom. Then tonight I learned that the word "uppity" was such a loaded term in the "black" community, and by extension could only mean "one thing".

To anyone who subscribes to that view, it is their (your) loss for limiting their (your) vocabulary out of fear and/or loathing. So we see clearly that ignorance and censorship are alive and well on both the left and the right.

FYI: "uppity" as offensive isn't obvious to those of us who aren't "race"-obsessed. Guess what?! As humans, each and every one of us poop, lust, eat, etc. despite the melanin content of our skin or the nation of origin of our ancestors. Some of us just don't take that stuff into account when assessing others for whatever reason, preferring instead to use more substantive measures involving a person's character...

Sorry, making too much sense for most of you all there.

On a lighter note: you can all keep your limiting two-dimensional reality. I live a fuller, more realized existence. Republicans and Democrats both can return to the Hell which spawned them. McCainiacs and Obamadrones alike.

I have spoken. Now back to your vapid lives, idiots. That goes for you, too, racist Robinson.

Posted by: Never | September 5, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama will win in a landslide for sure. This bunch of republitard jokers doesn't stand a chance.

Posted by: Darkfire | September 5, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

This is a sad moment for this buckethead. The joy in his statement is that there are fewer white people hearing this term in their homes. Just ask a black person around 80 years-old to define the word and use it in a sentence. Also, the "Uppity Women Unite!" slogan comes from the same struggle for equality. You People (Yes, I meant it that way) should stop closing your ears to anyone else's story of life in America. The unscientific term "race" will never go away because no one will have an open discussion about it for more than 10 minutes at a time. We are all in this together...when will we all get along? It is not that "I have a dream", it is that may we be "judged by the content of our character". Both candidates need not impress us with name calling. Impress us with your points and counterpoints. Then, after we are INFORMED we can vote on issues and not nonsense. Peace.

Posted by: Ted D., Huntsville, AL | September 5, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

GM, black people did not immediately support Obama's nomination. It happened gradually.

And it's not "racist" to admire or support someone of your own race. As a British-American, I'm pulling for Andy Murray, the Scot, to win his tennis matches at the US Open. I'm sure you'd have no problem with that.

If you're not just being disingenuous, look up "racism" and find out what it means. If you are, shame on you.

Rmorrow, Biden was trying to pay a compliment to Obama and worded it very badly. By "clean" he probably meant "clean cut," which Obama is, with his short hair and nice Brooks Brothers (off the rack) suits. Why should Obama take offense at a compliment?

The first time I ever noticed Biden he was speaking up against South African apartheid. Obama has no reason to consider him a racist.

Posted by: cvh1787 | September 5, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson's comments about Congressman Westmoreland are spot on. The intention clearly was to use the racially loaded language to dis Obama. I strongly suspect the Congressman doesn't have an all white district, and might face a stronger re-election challenge due to this comment.

Touching on the bashing of liberals as tax and spend. Republicans just like to spend, spend, spend. They don't care about taking in enough money to pay the bills-they just increase the deficit, and pay the bank of China lots of interest.

Posted by: Brian J | September 5, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Anyone notice how the CaliforniaMartys and the other hypocrites never have anything to say when confronted with the facts. It's like the airhead bullies from grade school....show them a fist and talk to them in cmoplete sentences and they run away and hide.

Posted by: McSame | September 5, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

The new code word for uppity is elitist. Westmoreland needs to get with it.

Posted by: Ray | September 5, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm a 62-year-old white male from Missouri. From that perspective, I am absolutely confident that there is no way in hell that there is a single individual posting here who does not fully understand that the word 'uppity' has been almost exclusively used in the southern and midwestern U.S. as a surrogate racial epithet, when not simply used alongside the n-word for greater emphasis.

Any American from the south or the midwest who claims otherwise is simply a lying scumbag and a waste of oxygen.

Posted by: martel_v | September 5, 2008 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Like you, I've felt that accusations of Obama's "arrogance" and "elitism" were all along cries of "uppity" in less than plain speak. I thought Westmoreland's willingness to put the "U-word" into play was a telling event. Yet Google News finds only 37 stories concerning Westmoreland's statement, while it finds over 800 stories hyping a vampire show that appears on HBO tonight. This seems to be the most under-reported story of the day.

Posted by: Robert Martin | September 5, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

What a stupid, racist, nonsense article!!

Oh, it was written by Eugene Robinson. That explains it all.

Posted by: Puppity | September 5, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Hall
I'm old enough to be your mother.I did my first 6 years of school in Huntsville, Alabama. Lived across most of America. Trust me, uppity is just as loaded as Honky-everywhere. I'm so glad that such overt racist comments are dying out in VA.

Posted by: jzelouise | September 5, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm holding up a big red race card against all the surreptitious and not so surreptitious racists responding to Mr. Robinson's essay. And the same goes for all those "disaffected" Clintonites who are using questions about "experience" and "qualification" to cover their racism--and sexism some of them.

I'm an old (nearly 64) white guy who served shoulder to shoulder with black men in real combat in Vietnam, who remembers when black people had to ride in the back of the bus and remembers the use of the word "uppity" and the n-word (I'd write it here, but it might get my response docked out) eight years ago in a Maryland suburb of the nation's capital to describe a black college student. That was the last time I was in Maryland or the south, so that's the last time I've heard it used, but that sure as hell is HOW it is used, and don't you racists try to tell anyone otherwise--or act ignorant of it. Red card, baby, yerrouttahere!

Maybe you lot will win this time around. I hope not, but even if you do, your days are numbered.

Posted by: Rick H | September 5, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Wow, congratulations. On the very last night of the convention you manage to find one guy nobody has ever heard of who says one word that you run through your magic Racist Decoder Ring.

Of course, this means All Republicans Are Really Racist. Especially all those crackers from the South.

You got your guy nominated, after months of angry declarations that Racist AmeriKKKa would never allow it to happen. I guess that's not enough. Those of us who do not bow down to the transcendent wonder that is Barack Obama and think we might want a President who has, you know, actually DONE something besides write his own memoirs and run for office are going to be called racists for the rest of our lives.

Posted by: kay | September 5, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Umm... I normally don't read responses to my email or post twice to the same list but I wanted to thank "American" for his/her kind words and memories. I also got irate about the Arkansas poster. I think stereotyping is part of the human brain and you have to fight it consciously no matter what race, ethnicity or sex or whatever you are. I'm over 50 and grew up in Arkansas. If you're my age and, like me, spent almost 17 out of my first 19 years there, I don't believe you if you say you didn't hear the word uppity used racially. I grew up the most liberal part of the state and had parents who threatened their older relatives by saying they would never see me again if I heard the "N" word at their house. What I heard sitting behind a shadow on the front porch doesn't bear repeating. What I heard at friends' houses, in school, on the news or in public was grotesque. In the mid-sixties, I saved up to buy my mother her favorite perfume as a teenager, "Evening In Paris". My father who believed in Civil Rights and myself, who was hoping I could have a black friend after segregation, were struck dumb with humiliation when a quiet spoken, polite, elderly white drug store sales woman said to us "Oh, honey, you don't want that. Only n****** buy it." It's not the experience that being black is but I still can't quite think why we didn't scream at her (too much politeness, probably - it just seemed horrible to scream at an elderly woman - may father and I were both brought up to respect older people). I just wept. And even being brought up in a white pro-Civil Rights household I found myself (with my Cherokee blood) saying "No, I'm not" when kids accused me of being African-American because of my dark skin. I wish I could say this was all in the past but it's not. I was helping register people for a neighborhood picnic this year and I felt the exact same way when my co-register asked the only black family attending - and only the black family - "Do you know how to use the internet?" I don't live in the South anymore; I live in the San Francisco Bay area. Having people assume things because of your color, your obvious sexual differences, your eye shape or your accent is horrible. The fact that we can't comfortably talk to each other about it is worse. People who have a different background than you do offer many opportunities for you to learn more about humanity. Asking people you know directly about "What's it like being you?" is a simple but sometimes effective strategy to learn.

Posted by: B Jackson | September 5, 2008 2:38 AM | Report abuse

thank you Lorna. Best piece I have seen on Palin yet. They ought to take it out and use it as a real op-ed.

Posted by: Anderson | September 5, 2008 2:46 AM | Report abuse

muskrat, you've got a lot of nerve using the expression "tax and spend lib" after the 'publicans' borrow and spend fiscal policy. Under the Democrats, revenues and expenditures were finally coming back into balance, then so-called fiscal conservatives gained control of the entire government, reduced the revenue stream (especially from corporations and upper income citizens), and ballooned expenditures to unprecedented levels, causing the largest imbalance between income and outlay ever known!

Posted by: ExPat2 | September 5, 2008 2:47 AM | Report abuse

As a black man with an MD from a top ten medical school. I have been called "arrogant, condescending, patronizing, and a few other adjectives just because I refuse to not show my intellect when dealing with colleagues. Probably called "uppity" out of my hearing. If you are an African American with intelligence, you will be called this by Caucasians, if you are perceived by them as not having intelligence that rivals theirs, then you are ok. It is my sincere hope that all African Americans strive to be called "arrogant, condescending, patronizing and uppity" and wear it as a "badge of honor". The alternative is far worse.

Posted by: Jam One | September 5, 2008 2:49 AM | Report abuse

Boy, Palin is terrifying this writer, isn't she?

Like many such "facts", I would want to be sure what was said, but even so, that doesn't indict the whole party, just makes the case that this man would have made a good, loyal, party line Democrate back before civil rights.

It's not as if he sat in front of someone 20 years who went on and on about "uppity" blacks, or worse. You'd certainly have to be in agreement with that sentiment to listen to it for 20 years, wouldn't you?

Posted by: Rob | September 5, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

To Michael Hall and other white male conservatives here:

I grew up in the south and I know that uppity is a pejorative term towards Black America.

So far, the Republican party has offered the following qualities to America: hate, condescension, sanctimoniousness, and more of the same. In other words four more years of inemic economic growth. Four more years of gas doubling and tripling while they talk about the price of oil in 2020. Four more years of the rich getting richer. Four more years of budget deficits. Four more years of restrictions to civil rights. Four more years of ensuring that our police spy on its own citizens and eavesdrops without a warrant.

No thanks. Take your condescending sanctimonious hillbilly cracker message and go back to the south.

Posted by: Dave W | September 5, 2008 2:59 AM | Report abuse

I am Hispanic from New Mexico,and I know very well what "uppity" means...and it ain't good.
Even if you did not grow up in the South, you have seen a movie or read a book where that word is used.
I simply don't believe that those who read and write to the Washington Post...don't know that word for what it is.


Posted by: Grace | September 5, 2008 3:01 AM | Report abuse

Yes Robinson thanks for pointing this out. I completely agree! As a white guy with a graduate degree from Johns Hopkins, I believe that if Obama were white and his name were Anglo the Republicans wouldn't try to demean his "community service" while ignoring the fact that he was was head of Harvard Law Review. At Starbucks, I told a group of black cops that I thought Palin's speech was racist. They smiled and said, "Well, you know the gloves are off now!" Let's hope the Democrats have enough courage and strength now to finally comfront these proto-fascists and reverse the decline of representative democracy in the United States! :=)

Posted by: Alessandro | September 5, 2008 3:02 AM | Report abuse

I liked this article. I think people should be straightforward. Everyone has prejudice in them, and if they are going to express it they might as well just be honest and say it. I think it's obnoxious of Westmoreland to tell people what their place is, whether he says it directly or indirectly. I also think instead of the two parties spending their time undermining the other party, they should be promoting and discussing the issues that are important in this election and where their candidate stands on the issues. Even if he didn't know what the word meant and was simply saying that Obama was being snobby or something like that, I have never felt that away. He has always seemed to be fairly down to earth, and been very connected to the people and who he's working for. Why didn't he just take it back if he was going to have his staff defend him later anyways, did none of the press tell him what it meant? They must have if they gave him the chance to take it back, right? He seems to have been a little out of line in making that comment and not taking it back.

Posted by: Catelyn | September 5, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm a 52 year old white woman who grew up in the rural Midwest,and there's no doubt in my mind about the connotation of "uppity." I've hear it, not so frequently, with respect to a woman who doesn't "know her place", but the most common use has n***** following it.

I can't believe that anyone living in the U.S. doesn't know this, unless they're very young or incredibly naive.

Posted by: Marina | September 5, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

To quote Mr. Robinson "The notion that Obama is somehow reaching beyond his station has been a subtext of the attacks on his eloquence, his academic resume, his ambition -- qualities that are usually prized in a leader but that are somehow twisted by Obama’s opponents into negatives."

Mr Robinson leaves out of Obummer's qualities a descriptor, a very important one when weighing candidates for the presidency, that is the real SUBTEXT of critique of Obummer, and that word is not the N-word. It is the A-word as in ACCOMLISHMENTS. It is Obummer's readily discovered LACK of substantial ACCOMPLISHMENTS that is the subtext of the attacks and no amount of race baiting by Black camp-followers of Obummer is going to change that.

And for the record, being a member of the scrivener profession, you might look up the etymology of the word uppity. Here for your edification is its etymology from an online etymology site:

"1880, from up; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in "Uncle Remus"). The parallel British variant uppish (1678) originally meant "lavish;" the sense of "conceited, arrogant" being first recorded 1734."

Apparently, like the N-word this is another word that can be used by Blacks about Blacks and be neutral but automatically makes a White person a racist if he or she uses it.

And given that the pejoratives nature of the N-word and now the U-word flows from America's nearly 150 year truck with slavery when are you going condemn those racist b_astards where slavery still exist today, the racist b_astards in Africa where, yes, Mr. Robinson slavery still exist to this very day. It is the same slavery that has existed off and on since around 700 AD.

Tell me, Mr. Robinson, is it possible that one of the reasons that slavery no longer exists today in America and still exists over 150 years later in Africa is that nearly 700,000 mostly White, male Americans died in a war to end it. Are the African nations which still allow slavery to exist waiting for 700,000 White males to come over and die there ending it?

Yes, Mr. Robinson, lets talk about the U-word, the N-word, and slavery, but don't be surprised if the H-word is hurled at race-baiters like you, the H-word being hypocrite.

Posted by: jmcauli1 | September 5, 2008 3:15 AM | Report abuse

Alessandro, "proto-fascists" is a good word for them. My wife, not white and not a citizen, was looking over my shoulder at one of these discussions last night and said to me, surprised, "they're fascists." Spot on, both of you. They certainly are endangering our democracy--and the world.

I had an acquaintance many years ago in high school who was fond of saying, "the ugliest thing in the world is ignorance." Years of experience tend to bear that out. Ignorance is grist for demagoguery, racism, sexism, totalitarianism, war, enslavement and most everything else ugly about the human race. An interesting thing about the ignorant is that when under stress they soon run out of words and the ability to reason--in fact they think logic and critical thought are aspects of some sort of voodoo, so they begin to call names.

Posted by: Rick H | September 5, 2008 3:21 AM | Report abuse

Exactly, Rick. Sort of like calling Obama "Obummer" or the like.

Posted by: Marina | September 5, 2008 3:33 AM | Report abuse

Is watermelon a racist fruit?
Is fried chicken a racist meat?
Is hockey a racist sport?

Geez, it was a word, get over it. All this bologna about a word?

As the immortal Allen Iverson said, "We talkin about a word. Its a word! We talkin about a word!"

So we are to endlessly dissect whether a person who used the term "uppity" is a racist? Lol!!! And then what? And who cares?

Why do some words only apply to black people and they're ALWAYS negative and a point of grievance?

This from the Dallas News July 8th 2008.

"Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections “has become a black hole” because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud “Excuse me!” He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a “white hole.”

That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.

Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term. A black hole, according to Webster’s, is perhaps “the invisible remains of a collapsed star, with an intense gravitational field from which neither light nor matter can escape.”

This is how hilarious it's becoming and how ready black people are to scream racism. I think they call this victimhood syndrome.

And why is it that it's always blacks who are accusing people of racism? Why is it that every other race in this great country are succeeding where blacks continue to fail and it's only gotten worse? I guess all those affirmative action, diversity training and free handouts our government is forced to give blacks is really working. Why don't you here there are no opportunities and how horribly racist America is from Asians? Hmm.

Please, blacks and the brainwashed liberals who support this nonsense be keenly aware of how blacks actually think of whites. And I'm talking about the majority. There are exceptions in any people. They don't like you and no matter how much you think they do, when it comes to race they will always side with their own.

Blacks are the most racist people on earth. They only look out for their own and this election as evidence of this. Look at the OJ trial. UNC student president Eve Carson who was taught to love diversity. Channon Christian and Christopher Newsome killings. Google violence on busses. It's always some pack of blacks pummeling some unprepared loser white person who has been brainwashed to think everybody is the same and shares the same value as they do.

And this happens weekly. If it were white on black crime like the Duke Rape hoax it would be national news for months. And deluded stupid white people come to the defense of these criminals because they have been taught about the horrible racist white people lurking around every corner. LOL! The media and places like the SPLC and ACLU want you to believe the countries greatest fear and problem is roving packs of white supremacists

Why does a black person have little to fear in a white neighborhood but a white person risks his life in a black neighborhood??? I know, it's poverty!

Go to any inner city where blacks congregate. It's a hate whitey festival. You wouldn't believe what "words" you are called. Would any of you white liberal altruists please tell me if you would send your children to an inner city school where he/she is a minority? Why? And if you answer yes you are either a liar or a person that doesn't deserve to have children or be alive. Sacrificing your own blood at the alter of diversity.

There are two seemingly genetic flaws of white people the last 60 years, and I'm not old. Failure of parents to instill. understand and teach racial unity. They also have the feeling that all people are kind and giving like themselves and if reversed the act would be reciprocated. What other race of people happily welcome their own demise like this?

If you are one of these sorry souls then I don't feel sorry for you. You have lived in a cave and refused to see the world around you. You're a victim of our current education system and media. Survival of the fittest.

Whites created this country and have always welcomed people who want to be a part of its greatness. All we want is for you to assimilate in it's culture. For the most part blacks fail to do so. It's the same story in every country. Where there are large numbers of black there is high crime, high infidelity and generally a place of squalor. History has shown that blacks just can't seem to live peacefully in a western society.

I'm just so tired of hearing every excuse known to man for black problems except from people like Bill Cosby or Larry Elder among others who are hated by blacks.

As for the past, slavery was an ugly time in American history and because white people realize this we have raised the consciousness of the country to understand this. My friends, southern whites did not invent slavery. It's been around for thousands of years and continues today. If the races were reversed would blacks (if they were ever able to form a civilized society of their own) have fought a war losing more people than both World Wars combined to right this wrong?
Never in a million years! Reparations? We've paid our due.

How far back must we go with this insanity? Must Jews repay the world for killing Christ?

Rampant black on white crime happening today and in the past ten years has eclipse the total # of black deaths from all the lynching in our history. Research black on white rape. The figures are astronomical. White on black rape is basically nonexistent. The media won't tell you about this.

How about this, if America is so horrible for blacks why do you continue to live here and complain? Why do you continue to follow whites around and beg for handouts? If you hate us so much why do you always demand to be included in our racist white world? The earth is a big place, please leave if it's so bad in America where you've never had it better. There will be millions of other people way less fortunate than you are begging to take your place in this racist white country.

When your culture is one that readily participates and embraces violence, has a infidelity rate in some cities over 70%, does not understand or teach it's youth the benefit of education, has an average IQ of 85, and looks up to sports thugs as it's only role models you can't blame every other race for being alarmed when around you.

You are now getting a dose of your own medicine by the Hispanics who are taking over the inner cities and aren't as scared as whitey. They have already surpassed you in some areas physically and economically.
Why not enjoy the splendors and qualities of life of your homeland? While your at it, you can demand reparations from your leaders in Ghana and the Congo who's relatives sold you.

Finally this gem from a Washington Post article written by Fatimah Ali two days ago;

"If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war, fueled by a deflated and depressed country, soaring crime, homelessness—and hopelessness!"

Ah, the all to common black, socialist, Marxist, terrorist mantra threatening violence if you don't do as we say.

And as far as predicting a race war as Fatimah so irresponsibly does. Please, bring it on, I'm begging you! You would be obliterated Do you understand the gun ownership in this country? And I'm not talking about Bloods and Crips. I be talkin bout people who know how to use their weapons and would welcome these losers coming into their towns and neighborhoods. It would be a slaughter.

Race war? Now thats two "words" to get all worked up about.

Is a picture of a noose racist?

Posted by: HaplogroupR1a1 | September 5, 2008 3:42 AM | Report abuse

It is such a shame that so many still hold so much resentment and hate for their brothers and sisters of a different color. It never made sense to me when I was small and it makes less sense to me now that I am grown; so why is it still tolerated? Why do we still allow people to "play" with wording to suggest something that perhaps isn't said outright?

The Macaca moment was the first time I have seen the issue of race, class and hate brought out within the MSM and discussed over dinner. That aspect of the issue proved to be a valuable asset in trying to get our hands around an issue that is so hard to embrace for so many.

Well the Macaca moment is over and we now have moved on and have a brilliant African American man now running for President of the United States of America! Lofty title that speaks well for so many voting for this man, however the Election Season is now in full tilt and I have a bad feeling about what is about to take place.

Let us all hope and pray that the better part of our collective nature will allow these two men to run an upstanding campaign free of old stereotypes and filled with hate. One can hope...

Posted by: Polly_Tics | September 5, 2008 3:46 AM | Report abuse

You got it, Marina.

Now to those who will claim that using a term that denotes a person's subscription to certain socio-political concepts, such as fascism, is in the same category with "uppity," or the likes of "Obummer" or the n-word, that is patently false on the face of it and misleading. One set is of straightforward socio-political terminology and the other is a set of epithets and deliberately demeaning terms. Quite different.

Posted by: Rick H | September 5, 2008 3:46 AM | Report abuse

Of course "uppity" is offensive. It's like "stingy" or "rude" or "ignorant". There's no way it can be other than a criticism.

And of course this comment was racist. But is "uppity" only racist when used to describe BLACK Americans?

If I called an Asian woman "uppity" would that be racism, or just an insult? Maybe "sexism"?

Racism is, according to the dictionary, "The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others."

Using that definition, I think any honest, educated person would conclude that the majority of people on this planet - of all races - practice it. It's not going away, and I question the need to devote a column to a comment like this.

But "racism" is one of those words, like "uppity" that's used against one group of people by another.

We live in a strange society where words take on strange meanings - ask a black D.C. resident to define "the community". Then ask a white resident of Minneapolis to do the same.


Posted by: atrepos | September 5, 2008 3:57 AM | Report abuse

Yes Polly Tics,

One can only hope.

If Obama loses will blacks act as civil as whites do if McCane loses?

History proves otherwise.

But one can only hope......

Posted by: HaplogroupR1a1 | September 5, 2008 3:59 AM | Report abuse

To HaplogroupR1a1, who in that term is showing his sense of white racial superiority: Yes, Haplo, baby, some of us know what genography is. You might be surprised to know that about half your group ended up in India, and most people like you don't think of Indian people as White Folk. Are you still so proud?

Posted by: Rick H | September 5, 2008 4:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey Eugene,
Thanks for the race card, that hasn't been played much by the old dinosaur media this campaign. There is nothing like the victim mentality to stir up the liberals. Fortunately, nobody in Obama's camp ever said anything about "typical white people" or made sexists statements. Good job, now if you could try being original sometime, uh, I guess not.....

Posted by: Steve4 | September 5, 2008 4:08 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Rick,

I thought I was to superior for anybody else to figure out what that means.

"White racial superiority" Where did that come from? Typical, respond with a non sequitur. Better yet just label me. I'm used to it.

My name identifies where certain peoples were thought to have originated. Where oh where is that acting "superior" Please try and answer that?

Would you say the same thing to a person from Africa who is proud where they came from?

Smarty pants, I am an American, first and foremost. I feel a connection to every American who puts his country first. This means many different nationalities who understand and share the same culture, ideals and way of life as I do. If that's mostly white people, it is what it is. I'm not apologizing.

So instead of labeling me a supremacist because of my ID to make yourself feel superior, try thinking.

How's this, Northern Asians are scoring higher in certain testing including IQ than "whites." They are some brilliant people. Does that sound supreme?

With your logic, if Hitler stated the earth revolved around the sun he would be wrong. After all Hitler said it.

Posted by: HaplogroupR1a1 | September 5, 2008 4:19 AM | Report abuse

I've lived in the south my whole life and have never heard "uppity" used as a racial slur. I've been called "uppity" myself, for not speaking to someone, or not waving hi to someone. As long as people want to hear racist remarks, then they will hear them. You can twist anything around to make it mean what you want.
Regardless of what he meant, Obama's mother is white, and his dad certainly was not a decendent of a slave, so how would this apply to him?

Posted by: get_over_it | September 5, 2008 4:24 AM | Report abuse

The Republican policies of the last 8 years are a total failure, the economy is in the toilet, people are losing their homes but the candidates' polling numbers have been relatively even. TV pundits pretend to be puzzled, but anyone who reads blogs knows why.

Posted by: minimlst | September 5, 2008 4:29 AM | Report abuse

HaplogroupR1a1, your smokescreen doesn't cover your racism. You want to call me smartypants because I spotted you? Go right ahead. You wouldn't have been using your haplogroup designation as a cover in a discussion on racial issues if it weren't significant to you.

Of course, no one expects you to apologize. I'd be flabbergasted if one with your attitude ever did apologize; it doesn't go with arrogance, and I'm afraid, my friend, that's what you display.

There is a gross difference between statistics about test scores and racial pandering, and you know it.

As far as thinking is concerned, surely you can't escape the fact that I do? That's how I caught you out in the first place, wasn't it? That and a little understanding. So stow it, babe; you're exposed and you know it. Go sell it somewhere else.

Posted by: Rick H | September 5, 2008 4:30 AM | Report abuse

Seek and ye shall find, Eugene.

Clearly, all McCain supporters (and Hillary supporters by extension), are racist.

You've proven this beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Posted by: John D | September 5, 2008 4:45 AM | Report abuse

I´m not sure that I agree that the GOP´s attacks on Obama have been racially motivated (although there will always be those few examples), but what is certainly true is that Obama has run the classy campaign that he promised to run. On the other hand, the Republicans have run a highly negative campaign, as Mr. Robinson has astutely pointed out, intending to strip Obama of his highly admirable and relevent qualities by characterizing them as somehow un-american or unimportant. Of course this was all topped off by Palin´s speech in which she did nothing more than extol her own family history (not being used as a political tool?!) and leverage ad hominem attacks against the Democratic candidate. It is wonderful to see the raging hypocracy of John McCain. First, he defies his own principles in choosing Ms. Palin, then, congratulates and praises Mr. Obama while leaving his running mate and shameless party to attack him unfairly at every turn.

Posted by: Republican | September 5, 2008 4:46 AM | Report abuse

Rick,

Before I hit the sack I wanted to check the research.

Your figures or where you got them seem to be mistaken about this haplogroup. When researching the alleles and haplotypes I have read where there were some R1a1's thought to have traveled into upper Asia but not India. Nowhere have I seen India? Where did you get this from? I'm interested not for the same reason you are i.e to try to make me feel insecure. Just interested.

Recent research has shown two separate patterns for R1a1. They branched into western/central Europe and a region near upper Russia/Siberia/Turkey region.

I have traced my heritage and genealogy to the central Europe region specifically Poland and research shows R1a1s to be specific to the region around Poland. More research claims that this haplotype is fifteen times more common in Poland than in the rest of Europe. Since my physical characteristics are not close to resembling Turkish I don't really care.

I saw something recently which said homo sapiens/sapiens to have only one or two different allele's than a chimpanzee. So what's your point? Hopefully you can tell the difference between yourself and a chimp.

Try not to convolute the issue to try and make your non-point.

Posted by: HaplogroupR1a1 | September 5, 2008 4:54 AM | Report abuse

Well Eugene, if you and the DemoFrauds and Obama are going to run your
G*D D*MN AMERICA!
G*D DAMN THE JEWS!
G*D DAMN WHITEY!
campaign of hate and racism then you shouldn't be able to do it through winks and nudges.
No just like Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farakan, Hussein Obama's
"friends, mentors, ministers, advisors" for twenty years
you should be forced to say it out loud.

FOR TWENTY YEARS HUSSEIN OBAMA ACTIVELY AND FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED THAT HATE SPEECH AND WORSE AND
IN SC HUSSEIN OBAMA ACTIVELY SUPPORTED AND FINANCED HOMOPHOBIC AND RACIST AND SEXIST BLACK "MINISTERS"

So bring it on Eugene!

Play your Westmoreland hand.
I'll see it with Wright and raise you a Nation of Islam.
Your turn you ignorant b...

Posted by: JamesT | September 5, 2008 5:00 AM | Report abuse

I feel really bad for republicans. There whole campaign is awfully dirty.

Do you republicans really support Palin?!?

Its an obvious stunt to win Hilary supporters. Its like they are saying "Well we wouldn't make a woman president, but we'd make her vice president! Go watch more American Idol and eat McDonalds! Go to Sleep! Go TO SLEEP!"

McCain is a horrible speaker, period.

Electing McCain is like electing Bush for another 4 years....and that would be retarded.

Posted by: jesus | September 5, 2008 5:13 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Rick,

Your name calling and attempts to label me simply because of my moniker are ridiculously stupid.

Again you can't respond to one single thing I've said. All you can do is tell me I'm a "racist". End of argument for you. Sorry my blind friend. I'm not the typical white guy who cowers at being called that. That word has lost all meaning to most whites today.

Calling people names as an argument won't cut it. Once you've resorted to that (which is ALL you've done) you show you are a dummy and you've lost. Pretty simple.

Unfortunately people like you are so comfortable in calling anybody that disagrees with you a racist that you can't think clearly.

If its wrong to care about my race then go ahead label me a proud racist. But your kind never talks about the issues. I guarantee, if a non-white person said they were proud of their heritage you would be slobbering all over yourself to give praise.

Try and understand this simple point. Saying I want to be around people like myself and who share my values is natural and good. This does not mean I hate other people. It never has and never will. I treat eveyone with dignity and respect. I realize there are differences between the races. Sorry if you don't.

Be good. Try spending more time in a library instead of in a comments section trying to prove your lame arguments by calling people names.

In my book you're the worst kind of person. A self hater.

Posted by: HaplogroupR1a1 | September 5, 2008 5:25 AM | Report abuse

Many of the republicans are racists and have used racists code words over the years to speak to their white audience.

Welfare - means stop the brown and blacks from getting a hand out like the WPA did for whites during the depression. Hand outs for whites is OK.

Anti abortion - code for lets help white people have more babies as the hispanics are over running the country.

Strong defense - code for more police and military as we feel frightened with all these minorities ever increasing.

Pro Gun - we want to protect ourselves as we see the media showing blacks killing folks on TV.

Cut Taxes - code for we want to cut taxes for our rich folks and throw the middle class some crumbs to keep them from revolting. Republican have a winning strategy of cutting taxes to get elected and then running up the credit card and leave a mess for the next democrat to clean up. Democrats are so gullible

Posted by: culpeperson | September 5, 2008 5:27 AM | Report abuse

Eugene, I respect your voice. Yes, you are partisan, but an innate sense of decency stops you from a total sell-out. This observation is however poppy-cock. Its English for BS in all known variations, racially.
The 'macaca' moment happened to an Indian-American. Did that bother you? Does it bother you that racism against blacks is abhorred but encouraged, voiced and goes under the radar when it comes to 'Other people of colour'? Or that the people who are asking Sarah Palin to step down are liberal women and they are citing that she cannot work and balance a family at the same time? Is that possible to say in 21st century America by PROGRESSIVE women about another woman?
THAT is what you should be spending your considerable energy and talent on.

Posted by: fedupwidstupid | September 5, 2008 5:34 AM | Report abuse

To HaplogroupR1a1:

Thanks for settling down a little and quitting calling names.

Frankly, Haplo, your group is quite ancient, so it is all over the place and quite common, all the way from northern Europe to the Dravidian south of India, and even one group seems to have remigrated into Africa--probably from Central or Near Asia during a difficult climatic period. The following are just a smattering of web pages on the haplogroup. I don't know whether the URL's will be allowed by the Post's web system, but here's a try:

(Sure enough, when I reviewed this I found that they cut the URL'S out, but your search engine will turn up dozens of sites. The most authoritative, but rather broad brush, is the National Geographic Genographic dotcom site.)

Something I didn't know in advance: you and I share the haplogroup (R1a1), due to my Viking ancestry. My eyes as I age increasingly bespeak our Central Asian origin. That you and I share genes with extremely dark or even black people in the south of India belies concepts of racial exclusivity, and that is what I apparently surprised you with. It is also pretty clear that we share ancestry with people as far afield as at least some East Asians.

I am well aware of the miniscule difference between myself and the chimpanzee. I am also aware that the difference between human racial groups is far, far less than that, far less even than the genes that determine differences, for instance, in facial features or bone structure. We should all keep that in mind.

Posted by: Rick H | September 5, 2008 5:36 AM | Report abuse

To HaplogroupR1a1: Well, I was wrong. Back to the vituperation. As I say, go sell it somewhere else.

Posted by: Rick H | September 5, 2008 5:42 AM | Report abuse

Just another column by Robinson on the subject of "Nobody loves us because we're Black". That is all this guy knows how to write.

Posted by: Sternberg | September 5, 2008 5:58 AM | Report abuse

It is not uncommon to see someone make a valid point about discrimination or injustice and then have others respond with "played the card..."

We are not playing here. This is serious commentary about what is fair and what is not. No cards need apply for any sort of game.

Posted by: Gary E. Masters | September 5, 2008 6:02 AM | Report abuse

It is not uncommon to see someone make a valid point about discrimination or injustice and then have others respond with "played the card..."

We are not playing here. This is serious commentary about what is fair and what is not. No cards need apply for any sort of game.

Posted by: Gary E. Masters | September 5, 2008 6:02 AM | Report abuse

Ooooh, one person who supports McCain used the word "uppity". That makes every McCain supporter "racist", right? Just like, since thousands of Obama supporters continually called Hillary Clinton a b1tch, witch, hag, shrew, fat a@@, it makes every Obama supporter a sexist sack of you know what.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | September 5, 2008 6:04 AM | Report abuse

It is not uncommon to see someone make a valid point about discrimination or injustice and then have others respond with "played the card..."

We are not playing here. This is serious commentary about what is fair and what is not. No cards need apply for any sort of game.

Posted by: Gary E. Masters | September 5, 2008 6:05 AM | Report abuse

1. uppity negro 36 up, 8 down
Main Entry: up·pi·ty ne·gro
Pronunciation: 'up + -ity 'nE-(")grO
Function: proper noun
: a fearless black person who by social definition is "not in their place”
:a Black person who is committed to reversing the crimes of self-refusal, self-denial, and self-hatred that are endemic to the Black community and detrimental to the Black psyche
: UNAPOLOGETIC. VAINGLORIOUS. MULTIFARIOUS. JUST AUDACIOUS.


Nelson Mandela, Zora Neal Hurston, and Frederick Douglas are some examples of the uppity negro.

From the URBAN DICTIONARY. It also has a definition of the more bigoted phrase "uppity n----r" Anybody who hasn't heard it used as a prejudicial aspersion is either from the sheltered classs or susceptible to cognitive dissonance.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 5, 2008 6:06 AM | Report abuse

RACISM IN PLAIN OBANICS!

Ohhh I'm sooo disappointed!
I expected the oh-woe-is-me-poor-poor-little-negro
to educate us all on the unadulterated hatred and racism of
G*D D*MN AMERICA Jeremiah Wright
G*D D*MN JEWS Jesse Jackson
G*D D*MN WHITEY Tawanna Sharpton
G*D D*MN HARVARD Shaniqua Obama
G*D D*MN CHRISTIANS Louis Farakan

Shall we continue Eugene?

OBANICS: n. The language of racism, sexism, homophobia and hatred of America popularized by B. Hussein Obama and spoken by all good little ObaDroid DemoFrauds.


Posted by: JamesT | September 5, 2008 6:10 AM | Report abuse

Re the word uppity:
In this little town in Alaska where I live there is a car with a bummper-sticker (driven by a white woman) that says, "Uppity Women Unite." What do you suppose that means?
Just curious.

Posted by: AK grandma | September 5, 2008 6:12 AM | Report abuse

To Michael E Hall September 4, 2008 8:47 PM:

As a 70 year old white male raised in Texas, I can assure you that the word "Uppity" expressed by anyone in the south over 40 years old does NOT mean "presumptuous". It is a term I have never heard expressed except in speaking negatively about a black person. Since you are from Virginia yourself, you must know this. You protest too much.

R Wendell Harwell
Shanghai, China

Posted by: R Wendell Harwell | September 5, 2008 6:14 AM | Report abuse

Im black and I didnt know that uppity has racial undertones, i consider uppity term for anyone who puts themself above his peers just to look down at them and sneer back or walk off whit their nose in the air...thats uppity thatis obama, and thats ms obama, and thats the author here now too.

I still voting for obama, but he is gonna be more uppity when he wins and move in to the whitehouse to. maybe im next after that and try it out lolz

Posted by: noah p | September 5, 2008 6:16 AM | Report abuse

I guess Westmoreland didn't get the memo. The word he should have used was "presumptuous." It's nice when the ugly undercurrent of the GOP campaign gets exposed, but as Robinson certainly knows, exposing it is a double-edged sword because the exposure often bounces back as a charge by the perpetrator against the victim that the victim is "playing the race card." So liberals and Democrats need to be careful about this and let the racism speak for itself. Too much comment can be counterproductive.

Posted by: Ted Frier | September 5, 2008 6:17 AM | Report abuse

Okay, let me make sure I comprehend this. Senator Obama was educated at Harvard, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and taught constitutional law for 10 years at the University of Chicago Law School. He was a community organizer who worked with low income family to make life better for them. He became an Illinois Senator then a U.S. Senator. So how does this make Obama uppity? If he were Caucasian with such impressive credentials, he would be considered very intelligent and ready to lead. Lynn Westmoreland needs to refrain from using the word 'uppity" to describe any person of any race. After researching Westmoreland's educational background, I discovered he is under-educated and uninformed, period. Therefore, he has no room to comment on Senator Obama in any manner.

Posted by: Mrs. Haywood | September 5, 2008 6:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey peeps, with the country in the state it is and all that, if a white, male in his early to late 50's, with touches of grey hair, Obama's eloquence, character and ideas had been elected as the democratic party candidate do you think the race would be so close? Do you think, a landslide victory would not be imminent?

Don't say things are not about race, or playing the race card is a tactic. The truth is history is not so easily forgotten. Racism, xenophobia, all these things are rife in the world.

A female white woman may have to break sexist ceilings, but what must a person of colour do? Break the thinkings and rationalising of a 1000 years of thinking? Imagine a black woman running for president, can you imagine what would have to be broken then?

Obama is trying to change the way ppl see themselves, he said to black americans be responsible, he has said the same thing to white or blue/green and pink Americans.

The day that a white/blue/pink/black etc person can go into a voting booth and vote for someone different to themselves based on credentials, thats the day the dreams of great ppl such as Gandhi, Madiba, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln etc etc can be realised.

Posted by: Suzi_Q | September 5, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Sometimes you've got to call a spade a spade. Sometimes people are too full of themselves and give the appearance that they are too big for their britches. Another name for this is hubris.

We can't all be editor of the Harvard Law Review. Sometimes the poor white trailer trash small town voters are bitter about losing jobs and that to explain their frustrations, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them.

Posted by: alance | September 5, 2008 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Only in America! Why don't you create a whole inadmissible words dictionary! Recently there was a column by a woman who complained about the word "retard".

Uppity shmuppity....who cares! Robinson is the one who is afraid of racism. I have 1 suggestion to all those DC residents who are racism scared: Ignore the words, and gain your place in the society with decent work ethics and performance, educate yourself and your kids, and maintain your health and health of your kids by eating right.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Barrack can win! If Hillary's supporters can forgive and forget Barrack collective giving Her and them the finger and if Bitter Whites that cling to Guns, Religion, Love of American and believe in our Constitution against Invasion and the rule of Law can be convinced by Barrack that the largest invasion in world history, of any country, at any time, by any means and that is taking their jobs and lowering their standard of living while killing, robbing and raping American citizens by the 10,s of thousands every year and is slowly but surely changing American into an Spanish speaking third world cesspool of Crime, Corruption, Poverty and Misery, modeled on Mexico, is a good thing for them and American.

He may even start losing losing black votes since they are the ones paying the greatest price for his pandering for Hispanic votes to fuel his political ambitions and lust for power!

They are starting to realize that Barracks open Borders and Amnesty for the Invading horde will completely disfranchise and destroy the political gains, civil rights & progress made by Black Americans and empower the Racist Hispanics.

He needs to explain why he and most Democrats Believe that Article IV Section IV of our Constitution against Invasion, enforcement of our Immigration Laws and their Oath of office are all null and void!

He needs to future explain why he thinks Babies born alive should be denied medical care and left to suffer until they die! Why he considers babies an punishment and worthy of killing!

He will need to convince them that attending the church of hate, supporting and listening to Hate American, Hate Whites and hate everything but Blacks and Muslims for 20 years while hanging out with criminals, terrorist and racist is no big deal and no harm intended!

Posted by: Black Saint J | September 5, 2008 6:34 AM | Report abuse

American: I think you missed the gist of my post. I was just pointing out that the etymology of the term "uppity" in the US came from its use in the racist literature and theater of the mid to late 1800's to describe a black person who was not obsequious to whites.

Help I'm a Rock!

according to Websters:

Nig*er - a person of any race or origin regarded as contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc.

I'm quite sure you find that word offensive. You wouldn't call someone a N***** in place of calling them ignorant would you?

Just because its defined doesn't mean the word has taken on a connotation that is offensive to others.

Posted by: American | September 5, 2008 1:21 AM

Posted by: Help I'm A Rock! | September 5, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

And come January, Mr. Westmoreland, flailing on his own petard, just may have the privilege of referring to Mr. Obama as Mr. President Uppity.

Posted by: steve | September 5, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Here goes Robinson again with his race card. It seems this is all what he knows. Race, race, race.... When Obama called his grandmother a "typical white grandmother" I guess that was a different story.

Posted by: Frederik | September 5, 2008 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or was there something peculiar (at the very least) when, after "complimenting" Sen. Obama in his speech, McCain quoted the Declaration of Independence: "All men are created equal..."

Maybe I'm naturally suspicious of Republicans, or maybe I misunderstood how he set up the quote, but it seemed to me McCain was not so subtly "playing the race card."

Posted by: barbusse | September 5, 2008 6:37 AM | Report abuse

I am shocked that ANYONE, let alone a Southern can have the guts to say they did NOT know uppity is almost always a disparaging remark about people of color is nothing but a LIAR!!!

Posted by: Anne | September 5, 2008 6:43 AM | Report abuse

had to be a Confederate. they Lost The War.

Posted by: Amrit Sethi | September 5, 2008 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Could someone explain to me why, with a black father and a white mother, Obama is black and not white, or black and white?

Posted by: Quizzical | September 5, 2008 6:46 AM | Report abuse

It is truly amazing to hear Republicans speak of bringing up the "race card". As a 50+ year old white male who grew up in North Florida I can say without reservation and without fear of (real) contradiction that the race card has been used by Republicans as an unspoken ace in the hole for at least the last 50 years. An example of this was the advent of "christian schools" in the south when segregation was finally enforced, allowing those who could afford it to go to school with all white classmates. Of course, many years later, those schools too are integrated to some degree.

Senator Lott lost his job because of getting caught appealing to his base more openly than usual. The fact that he believed (and still) believes that segregation should still be exercised came as no surprise to me. What was amazing, however, was that when w finally made it to New Orleans after Katrina one of the first people he visited was Lott (rather than the poor black neighborhoods of New Orleans) and w said he could not wait to enjoy an iced tea on Lott's rebuilt front porch. This was a very clear, yet well nuanced, "race card" comment and poke in the eye to the poor and mostly black people of the devastated area that had not been helped or taken into consideration by w or FEMA (and still are not being helped to this day).

Yes America, racism is alive and well. It is just being quietly nurtured out of main stream sight, and the race card is usually played in very subtle ways by Republicans and others of their ilk.

Posted by: FLTNVA | September 5, 2008 6:46 AM | Report abuse


According to Vote-GA.org ,Representative Westmoreland; Education: No higher education.
This is the kind of people who get elected to political office in Georgia? Did he graduate high school or get a GED?

Posted by: Duh | September 5, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

After reading some of the comments, especially Lorna from Wasilla, they are certainly eye-openers. I would suggest that McSame watch his back and get a food taster. Vote Obama/Biden in 08.

Posted by: kiddo418 | September 5, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

LOL, Lynn. I'll give a thousand dollars to anyone who actually reads that gospel-length slop.

Posted by: Lisa K. | September 5, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse

How much you want to bet this was deliberate? Lynn Westmoreland represents a district where most likely the majority of his voters feel the same way-he is risking *nothing* by saying this, and the McCain campaign gets to put it out there but not so they can be tarred with it.

Americans are so stupid.

Oh, and Lynn? Gov Palin may be all that and a barrel of monkeys, but she's still a *token*

Posted by: Lisa K. | September 5, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Uppity shmuppity....who cares! Robinson is the one who is afraid of racism. I have 1 suggestion to all those DC residents who are racism scared: Ignore the words, and gain your place in the society with decent work ethics and performance, educate yourself and your kids, and maintain your health and health of your kids by eating right.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 6:31 AM
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And when you do, you can look forward to being called uppity like Sen. Obama! It's a win-win!

Posted by: Casey | September 5, 2008 7:05 AM | Report abuse

I have never heard before that the word uppity has anything to do with race.

Completely new to me.

Mr. Robinson - you are stretching here and it diminishes your real talent. I thought you could do better than this "reverse-discrimination" bull that only obscures real race issues. Shame on you.

Posted by: Amy | September 5, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

I agree with you, Mr. Robinson. I was shocked when an otherwise liberal friend of my parents -- a white Democratic voter who has taught college courses and written a novel during his retirement years -- told me matter-of-factly that he could not vote for Obama because, if Obama were elected, "the blacks would become too uppity." What he was expressing was fear. He has been a member of the dominant social class all his life, and he is afraid of losing that status. I believe that fear is the motivating force behind all bigotry. Allegedly it is the over-65, white demographic group that is most opposed to Obama; if so, I suspect that racial fear may be the prime factor.

Posted by: monica4 | September 5, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

This will be a not-so-short bio, so settle in bloggers.

I grew up in the 40s in STL. I grew up as a Jew at a school in the inner city. My older brother got beat up by a gang of gentiles for killing Jesus. That was my intro to religious prejudice.

As I remember, Democrats were in power in the South. I rode into MS in the early 60s and saw 'whites only' signs at gas stations for the first time in my life. I was scared because I didn't have a Southern accent, and had heard that you could get killed if you were found out to be a Yankee. I wondered if being a Jew there would have gotten me the same fate.

Somehow I survived. I'm now looking at the present election through my nature/nuture eyes, and see a Greek tragedy unfolding. What I see is that EVERYONE is prejudiced, racist, sexist, whatever. It's a fact. And namecalling seems to be a national sport.

It would seem to me that if everyone would just acknowledge that they are biased (to the extreme), then we could get past all that and concentrate on what positions each of the candidate espouses and vote accordingly. I literally do not care what gender or race a person is. I care what they want to do with my country.

Here's my point. To claim Republicans want to simply lessen the tax burden on the rich and burden the middle and lower class is a laugh. Has anyone analyzed a 1040 lately? Look at the GIFTS given to the middle & lower class incomes. These are denied higher earners. Ex: EIC, exemptions, deductions, education credits, etc., etc. Then there's the AMT. Uh, please don't tell me the upper class is under-taxed.

I could go to cite other myths, but the point is that Republicans are no more at fault with the sorry state of an individual's lot than Democrats. Both parties have created this mess.

Back to my youth. Jews don't seem to be the targets dejour, but make no mistake anti-semitism is still there just like every other prejudice known to mankind. Don't be fooled: as Pogo said, we have met the enemy and the enemy is US. It's just a fact of life and no one is immune.

Posted by: sixty sixer | September 5, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

As someone who grew up in Charleston, South Carolina I have no idea what or why "uppity" connotates racism.

I say this as an avid Obama supporter.

Uppity means class not race....

We can assume the rightest conservatives are latent racists, but using a word which is not applicable to racism, does not mean you can therefore call this guy a racist.

Next time just try "the google" to find something on him....

Posted by: Taylor | September 5, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Dear Eugene, certainly racism exists and it's fair for you to suggest it clouds some voters' views. On the other hand, understand that it also appears racist of you and/or others to suggest that any and all objections to Barack Obama are due simply to racism. Why? Because in doing this you are pre-judging people's views based on their race. If anyone, Barack Obama needs to drop the whole race argument once and for all from his campaign. (He has actually done a fair job at this). His entire appeal is supposedly that he is a "post-racial" candidate. If he decides to fuel the racial argument, let him be prepared to lose the votes of those people "who are clinging to guns and religion."

Posted by: ttj | September 5, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Mr Robinson seems to spend much of his time searching for words, that when used by others, offend him. He then makes the broad leap and informs us that others, who us these words, are racists. It seems to many of us; Mr Robinson is the Racist.

Posted by: William - Illinois | September 5, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

It's funny that the simple fact of the matter is that the majority of people impacted by this economy and war are white. It seems that even a racist person is having problems with the price of gasoline for thier pickup or possibly losing thier double wide to foreclosure. If they really think about it since Blacks have been deemed to only be able to perform menial task like cleaning up after someone white then the should really appreciate Senator Barack Obama and his desire to once again clean up the mess that the whites have made of the government and this country. Call it elitist or uppity he will accomplish what he sets out to do and those racist whi are so quick to pre-judge a person based on skin color will benefit also.

Posted by: Nomolos | September 5, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Hall,

Ms. Milbank used the word "presumptuous" in a rather apocryphal meaning of "presumable". So your point implodes.

Posted by: frederic | September 5, 2008 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Well, thank GOODNESS someone finally dropped the bomb that everyone already knew, right ER? I mean, this just validates the whole thing. Get a grip

Posted by: WS$ | September 5, 2008 7:23 AM | Report abuse

"i didn't flame you, Michael Hall, and i condensed my counter-argument; i'll spell it out:
"Uppity" is a loaded term, fraught with despicable history, and is easily considered a fighting word. Appeals to irrelevant denotations do nothing to change the fact that calling a black man or woman "uppity" is likely to get your lip split. If you don't believe me, i invite you again to try it.
Posted by: ape | September 4, 2008 9:11 PM"

only an ape would say what you said...

Posted by: Dwight | September 5, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

All right Eugene!! Keep playing that race card.

Might want to mention Joe Biden's comment's about Obama:

"You got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking"

You don't care about race and never have. You care about getting a party elected.

Posted by: Mike | September 5, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, please get over yourself. I am so sick of hearing people whining and complaining and pulling the race card every chance they get. This is 2008, I think it's time to get over certain words that were used A LONG TIME AGO when they possibly carried any kind of negative connotation. Why should we have to use caution when speaking about Obama and worry about hurting his feelings and using "lingo" that he may find offensive? If he wants to be president, he and his followers better get over it!! I know I am.

Posted by: Kaite | September 5, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA by a LANDSLIDE! God gives us what we can bear but also knows we can bear no more republican nonsense.

I have a question. How does Buccannan spell INDEPENDENT? I assume he spells it-REPUBLICAN. His loud mouth does nothing in trying to get his points across. I find it necessary to change channels as soon as Chris announces him-ugh!

Posted by: Helen | September 5, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Everything is racism to uh uh uh, uh Eugene.

Hey Eugene, lucky for you there's affirmative action, without it you'd be flipping burgers somewhere instead of writing here. Stop whining, you don't like it here go back to the homeland.

Posted by: Say What? | September 5, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

republicans are racists-deal with it.

Posted by: moss | September 5, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Well that's okay, Obama's preacher for 20 years basically called all White people racists. Of course you probably agree with that.

Posted by: Mike | September 5, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

What about the idea that even though Obama's been campaigning for nine months, the Republican talking point is that we don't really "know him", while Sarah Palin showed up last week and she's been accepted as one of us. The reason is clear. A white mother of five is one of us. A black American with a funny name is not. That's the message that Republicans are trying and succeeding in feeding America: black people in America will always be foreigners in their own land.

Posted by: GeorgeSimian | September 5, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Barracuda the hockey mom. As I have said before hockey is such a brutish sport. Physical violence as a form of revenge seems to be part of the sport, which in my mind is not sportsman like at all as compared to a Roger Federer or a Tiger Woods. So what do we have here?

Posted by: katman | September 5, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

When I was gorwing up in Little Rock I heard the "upity n*&%#%" phrase just like all southerners. I heard it applied to Martin Luther King Jr and Jesse Jackson and every other civil rights leader who ever opened their mouth.
I guess that puts Obama in pretty good company.

Posted by: Wgraupn | September 5, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

The notion that Obama is somehow reaching beyond his station has been a subtext of the attacks on his eloquence, his academic resume, his ambition -- qualities that are usually prized in a leader but that are somehow twisted by Obama’s opponents into negatives.
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he is reaching beyond his station, eugene. not because he is black, of course. rather because he doesnt have the expereince nor the record to match the rhetoric on which he justifies his candidacy.

democrats cant use the fact that one member of congress is racially insensitive (or, perhaps, outright racist) as an excuse for insulating him from perfectly legitimate criticism of his thin resume and failure to practice what he preaches with such righteousness

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Robinson why don't you retire? You have to keep lookin under rocks for your daily columns on racism while the rest of the world has moved on.

Posted by: Falls Church | September 5, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

My how sensitive we are about one word this AM. While being 'older' I have heard the word used as the Author indicated, BUT in today's society. I would not take it that way.

Appears that we have to keep throwing 'racial' around when something is going wrong that Obama may not like. Many of these comments are trying to say that the American Voter is biased against Obama because of his race.

Posted by: Miller51550 | September 5, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Let's talk racism, Eugene. Only 2% of polled African-Americans in the most recent Gallup poll support the white candidate, John McCain. Now I know most blacks are Democrats and a lot of that can be linked to that fact, but not 98% of them.

There is no doubt that for many, many blacks this election isn't about choosing the best candidate but rather about getting someone of their own color in the White House. I certainly don't have a problem with an African American president, but what I do have a problem with is the race card being played from only one side of the aisle.

Let's face it - racism is alive and well in the US. But it certainly isn't being practiced by whites against blacks. The Gallup poll confirms that.

Posted by: johnwp | September 5, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

When I read Mr. Robinson's opinion, I did not think the word "uppity" was a racial term or slur at all. I am white and my Mom used to tell us we were being "uppity" (or don't be "uppity") when she was trying to discourage us from being conceited. LOL! My family, friends, and neighbors all used the word in that way. We are white and from the Northeast.

I don't agree with Rep. Westmoreland's politics, but I think he might have thought about the word "uppity" in a different way than Mr. Robinson did. Just like I did. And I am an extremely liberal North Easterner.

It's sad that people have to take one word and attach racism to it or define it as a slur.

Mr. Robinson says that he loves it when everybody’s cards are on the table. I guess he wants to see white people speak negatively of Obama using racial terms that we apparently all know.

I've also seen black racism throughout this election. Everyone says they don't want to use the so-called "race card". However, I think Obama's staff and black Americans have used it. About 95% of black people will vote for Obama. Is that not, in some way, racist? Are blacks really voting for the best candidate or are they just voting for a black person? And will people get upset because I say this? Probably, but that's my opinion, backed up by fact.

It seems to me that blacks are ready to jump on anyone who says something about this election in a way they don't like or they think is racist. I've seen some black people get outwardly upset when you say you’re not voting for Obama. People do have that choice.

Are some voters racist? You bet. There are many white Americans who will not vote for Obama just because he’s black. However, as I said above, there are an overwhelming number of black Americans who will vote for Obama just because he’s black. Perhaps, Mr. Robinson and any of his colleagues need to think about this more and perhaps put their cards on the table also.

Posted by: AmeliaJade | September 5, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

The issue of race will not go away. The Georgia congressman is simply venting his true feelings and, although he represents only his own attitudes, the GOP knows that they can never win anything unless they appeal to this fellow and the millions of kindred spirits who share his feeling of racial superiority.

Consider academic achievment, Obama is not only smarter but used his intelligence to win some of the highest accolades that the US education system can offer. McCain was admitted to Annapolis but graduated in the absolute bottom of his class.

I don't care who you want to vote for. that's your business. But ask yourself, who is the more intelligent candidate? Not who is the best orator, or who is the best soldier. your answer tells a lot about who you are.

Posted by: LeftGuy | September 5, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Of course the Obamas are uppity, but that's what we love about them. The rednecks from the south are beside themselves over the possibility that a black dude may become president. I'm a white guy that supported Hillary Clinton, but since Obama got the nominationa, I wholeheartedly support him and Michelle and Joe. I hope they slaughter McKean and that psycho Alaskan chick.

Posted by: natinva | September 5, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like time for Rep. Westmoreland to make another appearance on the "Colbert Report"!

Posted by: GiGiFL | September 5, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

RE: Robinson's artical titled Racism in Plain English.

Mr. Robinson it's amazing how society can take a tomato sandwich and turn it into a racial issue.

up·pi·ty adjective Informal.
1. affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.
2. rebelliously self-assertive; not inclined to be tractable or deferential.

(Funny, I see no mention or anything alluding to this being a racial term) This would apply to all races of people that exhibit this characteristic.

But wait, there's more...

up·pi·ty adj. Informal
Taking liberties or assuming airs beyond one's station; presumptuous: "was getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down" (New York Times).

uppity

1880, from up; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in "Uncle Remus"). The parallel British variant uppish (1678) originally meant "lavish;" the sense of "conceited, arrogant" being first recorded 1734.

Now that's the pot calling the kettle black don't you think? Amazing how society talks out of both sides of its mouth ain't it?

hy·poc·ri·sy 1. a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
2. a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
3. an act or instance of hypocrisy.

He shoots...He scores!!

Posted by: Scott Oakes | September 5, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Who is Westmoreland and what does he have to do with this election? If a Democrat said something racist (ahem, Clintons, ahem), does that mean we have to vote against all Democrats in order to prove that we are not racist too?

Posted by: dcp | September 5, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Why do elected officials and regular citizens from both parties insist on alienating me by saying stupid things that make me embarrassed to cast a vote for either side?

Ron Paul, you're looking better and better.

Posted by: Why? | September 4, 2008 9:15 PM

AGREED!!!

It's time for a viable third party candidate!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Pathetic, let's just deport all 12 million of those illegal immigrants because "they" don't know their place in life either. Of course the Mercantilists will not want them deported until after "picking" season. Oh, and I can use that term even as a white man, I think Mr. Robinson, as in my mind I am hearing the departed Johnny Cash singing, "Get them fat come pickin time".

I ask my father for bread and he gives me crust (maybe even twinkies in my world) sucks to be me huh ? Well, man and women do not live by twinkies alone, I know, let's throw in some Kool-aid, why not ? Darn, I wish I had been born a "Chosen One", I memorized those 10 commands for nothing I suppose. And "feed the sheep" forget-a-bout-it, let's over tax the sheppards' fossil fuels too. The sheppards' union is still ungrateful, those fools, those fools. We'll teach them who is in charge now, there is no commerce without conquest, they have not learned as yet ? History bears ;) ;) repeating cause that's the way it is ok.

Damn the man that uses the name Ronnie Reagan (God rest his soul) in vain too, ok. Incorrigibles I tell ya, societal leaching incorrigibles, there I said it and I can't even spell. Just a few words to describe the mindset like zealotry, arrogance, ignorance and a neat little phrase from yesteryear: Comtempt prior to investigation.

Posted by: Mark W. | September 5, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

gene robinson reminds me of small town folks so bitterly clinging to his racisim and victimhood (even though i'm sure he makes a nice paycheck remininding the country how racist it is)

Posted by: g, bland | September 5, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,
An idiot used a "racially loaded" word. And you use that to paint all others who may be the same race, class, age, political party, or share some of the same political beliefs as like thinkers with him. Nice. Real nice.

Posted by: mikel4 | September 5, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I personally had no idea that uppity was a racist term but rather thought it meant stuck up. I believe the majority of Americans draw this connotation as well so I really think you are grasping for this one....

Posted by: Brent | September 5, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Scott Oakes makes a good point. The term 'uppity' is used by Black people to describe other Black people whom they feel are too conceited and are not trying hard enough to fit in with the rest of the group. I've heard that term used in the South many times by Blacks. The White people must be saying it in their kitchens.

Posted by: dcp | September 5, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I have no quarrel with Mr. Robinson's observation or his conclusion that this is an instance and example of racism.

What I find disappointing is the amount of space taken up by those who create these social and political interaction issues that divert our attention from the major differences between those who support the state as the most important entity in the political arena and those who believe the individual citizen occupies that position.

Westmoreland is the culprit here. But I think Mr. Robinson is glad to have the issue available to put in the political mix since it influences those who are prone to elevate the importance of specific group oriented grievances relating to race, gender, class, religion, occupation, and many others all of which are useful when promoting state control over individuals. Mr. Robinson didn't initiate this but it certainly works to the advantage of his political philosophy.

Westmoreland is a disgrace as a human and he is hurting the political efforts of those who support individual liberty as the foremost political value of our society. We need people like Westmoreland out of political leadership positions.

Posted by: Bob Thompson | September 5, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm 46 years old and have lived in Va and TN my entire life. I have heard the term uppity used in many different situations, but mostly against whites. I honestly did not know it to be a racial slur. And because I am saying this, I am sure you all (those with the chips on your shoulder looking around every corner for any reference that they can interpret as racial) will call me a racist.

Posted by: Junior | September 5, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

You know what is really tragic about a story like this? It has not appeared on local TV, or in the once-admirable Atlanta Journal & Constitution. Ralph McGill would be ashamed of the "talking heads" who somehow avoid conflict with a Republican Governor, two Republican Senators, a Republican majority in Congress, and a dominant Republican State Legislature. Enjoy the story America, things aren't much different here than they are in other locations absent a "free press."

Posted by: rcrtr | September 5, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Folks, folks calm down and take a breath. Jeeze. This isn't about racism - Robinson's or anybody else's. Its just Party politics. Robinson is a Party tool. Its the Washington Post for goodness sakes. This article like others he has written is a part of the Party strategy to fix the blame on Obama's Presidental loss on racism. It can never be about his experience, judgement, qualifications, self absorbed personality or, god forbid, his big government policies. Therefore, what other reason can it be? Hey, he's the one who was afraid to share the spotlight with an equal and gave up the Dream team. The really interesting thing here it that by constantly calling it out over every minor infraction like this, win or lose, it may actually burden Obama by preventing some folks from ever seeing past the color line to the man. That would be a shame and sets us all back.

Posted by: J.D. Clampet | September 5, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I am from Lynn's area. With him, you always have to consider that he just doesn't know anything about what he is saying. He may be too ill-informed and oblivious of the real world that he doesn't know the context of 'uppity.' I don't know if that's the case, but it is possible with a guy as clueless as Westmoreland. However, if he is informed after the fact and doesn't retract the statement, it is a different story.

Posted by: HarrisCo | September 5, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Aw come ON Gene -
you think black people can't be uppity ?
you probably think black people can't be racist, either.

Bell Clement
Washington, D.C.

Posted by: Bell Clement | September 5, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Curiously, Robinson says nothing about the other wealthy white Georgia politician who last week used the far more derogatory term "black boy" to refer to Sen. Obama:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umCo4qUJiOQ

Posted by: Hypocrites | September 5, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Gene,
Thanks for speaking the plain and honest truth. I admire your courage and your skills.

Posted by: Michele | September 5, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

First off any southerner who claims not to know 'uppity n=====' is a liar, a cheat, and a swindler. period. Secondly, anyone who then tries to make Obama an 'elite' while Cindy McCain parades around in clothes and jewelry worth more than most folks homes is also a self deluding fraud. Lastly..anyone who thinks that destroying 4 US Navy aircraft and then getting shot down in the 5th is a mark of being Presidential or that being locked up in a prisoner of war camp makes them capable doing anything they want is also extremely delusional. The GOP convention was a white show...more white than it ever has been...more racist than it has ever been in recent years...and the delegates were PROUD of it. These folks claiming McCain will win are the same ones who will privately tell you that no white that loves the US will ever vote for a black ...that they will pull the lever for McCain behind the curtain every time.

Posted by: hiflyer | September 5, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

rcrtr: You know what is really tragic about a story like this? It has not appeared on local TV, or in the once-admirable Atlanta Journal & Constitution.


See, this is what you're not getting. This isn't a story at all. How is this news? It isn't. It's non-news. Someone uses one word and papers are supposed to jump on it? There's actual real news to report, and the real journalists know it.

Posted by: dcp | September 5, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

As a conversative, I'll disavow this bozo...Now it's your turn to disavow Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Farah Faucet, Micheal Moore, et al.

Posted by: Greg | September 5, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Dood said:

"Ah, the race card.

It ALWAYS gets thrown on the table when Obama is in trouble."

Or, when white racist southern GOP Klan members call a well-educated fellow black American senator "uppity".

Doody is a more appropriate name for you, scumbag.

Posted by: CSD | September 5, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I'm not convinced that either McCain and Palin are capable of positive real change in this country. To begin with, and with all due respect for McCain's military background, neither of them represents Americans of today. Neither one of them are in touch with the realities of the problems this country truly faces. And they are incapable of intelligently discussing these issues.

The choice of Palin by McCain displays his ineptness. She has no meaningful experience worth a hoot regardless of the spin doctors. And I could deliver a speech just as well if Mr. Gerson or the actual speechwriter wrote one for me to deliver.
After all, she was well coached. She did a good job of it, there's no denying that, but delivering a speech does not qualify you to be Vice President or more likely President.

McCains health is a major issue also here.
After eight disastrous, wasteful years of Bush do we as patriotic Americans want not only more of the same, but additional devestating agendas from the Supreme Court and the religious right? I think not!

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Get a life. You, and others who share your stilted, paranoid view of the world, see racism in EVERY word and innuendo. SICK OF IT. SICK OF IT. SICK OF IT.

Posted by: D. Rodriguez | September 5, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

"Uppity" I personally like the synonym definition to describe Obama -

"having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance or ability".

Posted by: yragbrad | September 5, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Ok Mr Robinson, so this congressman is racist. You have called him out and gotten your column out of it. Then what? Are you seriously saying that it is news that some people are racist?. Sometimes I think you so called "racial commentators" do all of us black people a disservice by constantly fostering a sense of victimhood. This is presidential politics, contact sport at the highest level man. Stop the constant whining.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:30 PM

_____________

As a democratic black female voter, I couldn't agree more. Robinson's article gives one man's rudeness too much power. Has Westmoreland raised millions? filled a stadium? sucessfully won a party nomination? NO!!

Obama's way less qualified/experienced than a lot of policymakers blk and white, and he's gotten REALLY far. Therefore, he doesn't need mouthpieces whining at this point.

I am pretty much one of the most pro-black people you will meet but if I hear another alarm raised over someone's racist comment - esp when its subtle or unintended, I'm going to scream.

Westmoreland is completely unknown and his comment should have been used as a teaching moment - nothing more.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Like most Australians I am watching the US electoral cycle with intense interest. You are our closest ally (in relationship terms, not geography, naturally) and we value that highly.

Gotta say though that even over here in Australia the only time we've heard the word 'uppity' is when it is immediately followed by the even more offensive racial epithet that starts with 'N'.

For a US politician to deny that they are aware of the the common conjunction of the two words and the overall concept suggests that they are either lying or totally inept.

Posted by: Grendel | September 5, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey liberal hypocrites:

Why is Biden not a racist for calling Obama "clean" and "articulate" or his crack about Indians and 7-11s?

Can anyone answer that simple question?

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

"Posted by: CSD

Or, when white racist southern GOP Klan members call a well-educated fellow black American senator "uppity".

Doody is a more appropriate name for you, scumbag."

Is Biden a racist too, scumbag?

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

I don't believe Lorna is from Wasilla for a second. Everything "she" wrote in that ramble has been reported already.

Posted by: callingyouonit | September 5, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

With his article, Mr. Robinson merely illustrated what occurred. He didn't bring it up as a so-called "race card". Only racists would think that way.

Then, the vociferous RACISTS of all shades pop-out of the woodwork to try to lynch him for illustrating an actual event.

And they divert from the issue by citing names of additional people THEY HATE such as Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Farah Faucet, Micheal Moore.

Go back into the woodwork racists, your days are over.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Farah Faucet, Micheal Moore, et al.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

In my earlier comment I noted how distracting issues like racism are when the more important issue is: are we going to preserve this nation's essence of valuing individual liberty or not?

Many comments here make a point that this nation has many problems to address that are more serious than those such has the pockets of racism that exist. I agree with that assessment but I do not agree that the solution is to turn to the state and abandon the great principle of individual liberty on which this country was founded.


Posted by: Bob Thompson | September 5, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey Aaron-

I'm an uppity Jew from New York! The fact that we're uppity is exactly the reason it is so vital for the country to elect Obama...this White dominance has to and will inevitably end. And it will do so with the election of Obama.

The country will move 50 years into the future if Obama is elected. If McCain is elected we will stay right where we are.

Posted by: Paul Hauser | September 5, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm not convinced that either McCain and Palin are capable of positive real change in this country. To begin with, and with all due respect for McCain's military background, neither of them represents Americans of today. Neither one of them are in touch with the realities of the problems this country truly faces. And they are incapable of intelligently discussing these issues.

The choice of Palin by McCain displays his ineptness. She has no meaningful experience worth a hoot regardless of the spin doctors. And I could deliver a speech just as well if Mr. Gerson or the actual speechwriter wrote one for me to deliver.
After all, she was well coached. She did a good job of it, there's no denying that, but delivering a speech does not qualify you to be Vice President or more likely President.

McCains health is a major issue also here.
After eight disastrous, wasteful years of Bush do we as patriotic Americans want not only more of the same, but additional devestating agendas from the Supreme Court and the religious right? I think not!

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

The Republican party has been predominate for the past 40 years because it sent out coded messages to racists that they would be welcome in the party, or at least their votes would be welcome. It is no accident that the Republican party has replaced the Democratic party in power in the South, at least for national offices. Yellow Dog Democrats have become Yellow Dog Republicans. Theirs is no longer the party of Lincoln and of those who gave their all to free slaves from bondage. What has prompted this change; the Republican party has become the welcoming home for racists. The party uses race baiting and support for socially conservative issues to get working class and middle class whites to vote for a party that works against their economnic interests. Republican party bosses cynically throw a bone to these voters so they can get the steak. The leaders of the party have nothing personally to lose by keeping the nation racially and socially divided, and much to gain by gaining power tha allows them to cut taxes on the rich, rape the environment and bust unions. They know that, "Its the economy, stupid," and they think anyone who doesn't know that is stupid. The race card has been played for over 100 years to keep less affluent whites from voting for populists and liberal politicians who would pass legislation improving their economic position at the expense of the fat cats; the sad story of Tom Watson is a case in point. Republicans campaign using fear, hate and personal attacks. Their fear is a solid majority of those that share economic interests, and they use race baiting and pay lip service to social conservatives to keep this uniting from happening. Their only goal is to make the rich richer and da#n the rest, i.e., as Obama says, their concept of the ownership society is that your are on your own. White Northeners might think white Southern racists hate blacks becsue they are generally poorere, less educated, etc. That is a misconception. The truth is they want this situation not to change, that is what is behind "uppity." An uppity black is someone who has improved themselves, i.e., gotten a good education, assumed mainstream speech patterns and prounication, dresses well, etc. Blacks are supposed to know their station in society and stay in it; those who don't are "uppity." Racism is alive and well, just in the closet.

Posted by: ChuckB | September 5, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

There's alot of post about your article Mr. Robinson. Some folks speak from a wise point of view, and some folks I'm surprised were even capable of reading your article.
Rep Westmoreland knows exactly what he was saying and what he could get away with. In this day and time, it is still surprising to hear a representative of a state speak so directly about their racist feelings. Many people today will not. They will say what they think you want to hear, but deep down, it's their racial feelings that prevent them from believing anything to the contrary. It is probably very hard for some folks to accept that the complexion of the white house may change this year. Presidents have always been white, why should that change. Well folks, just like life turns to death, the best world-records are broken and taxes must be paid, CHANGE WILL SOMEDAY COME TO THE WHITE HOUSE, this could be that year.

Posted by: MD Man | September 5, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm tied of the lies and scare tactics of the Republican party. Minorities in this country aren't really much of a minority any more--get over it, GOP. I'm proud to be "uppity."

Posted by: K. Lee Wong | September 5, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

ChuckB -

Nice boilerplate liberal history of the GOP. Why don't you just spare us your windbag explanation and just say "Republicans are evil".

Got any opinion on Biden's coded language? Or are you just the latest of hundreds of liberal hypocrites who are on this board.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Bob Thompson:

We don't have to abandon individual liberty. But we as citizens can have the same health care plans afforded our representatives in Congress, and our soldierss in the military. I was in the military, and whether you realize it or not, it IS a socialistic system and the healthcare and benefits involved are managed in a socialistic manner. AND IT WORKS JUST FINE FOR THE SENATORS, ADMIRALS AND GENERALS.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

"I'm tied of the lies and scare tactics of the Republican party. Minorities in this country aren't really much of a minority any more--get over it, GOP. I'm proud to be "uppity."

Do you view all Democrats as racist for Biden's comments or are you another liberal hypocrite.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Would one of you bigots/racists tell me what it feels like to be you?

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I love how mindless liberal are looking to smear the entire GOP as racist and claim that it is the GOP who is running on fear tactics.

The lack of self-awareness among the liberals on this board make me laugh out loud. Long and hard.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

With Gene it's always racism, look how he almost cries when Obama is criticized on MSNBC (which is rarely)!

Posted by: johnnyd | September 5, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Hypocritical GD Republicans!

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

It really does not wash that Congressman Westmoreland is racist in thought or intent. Just look at his constituents; he would never have survived in elected office if he was.

Besides, that would be a major distraction from his main objective in office, which is to carry water for the NAM (National Association of Manufacturers). I think I know a little on the topic, as Westmoreland is my Congressperson.

As to the characterization itself, Obama's profile goes well beyond such a simple label, which has a diluted meaning today. Obama's social insensitivity exceeds the narrow but persistent inner need to continually define his lessers. One could see how being a social organizer fits a psychological way to feed that need to reaffirm that one knows better what others need than they do themselves. (BTW, Westmoreland could never carry this attitude for a day or he would be crushed in his district.)

Obama's presumptuousness regarding other groups (expressed as ageism, urban parochialism, narcissism, circular legalistic reasoning and theory when analyzing real policies, domestic and international, rather than building a case on tangible facts), and his obvious lack of knowledge of history and geography, call for some new addition to the dictionary -- perhaps, "social-psycho selective amnesiac".

The one single thing Obama is capable of doing is politics, and when that limited talent gets contrasted with someone outside the Beltway with a real portfolio of human skills, then the comparison is humiliating to him. So expect him to relish in any comparison to simple bumpkins who are clumsy or archaic in speech because he needs so much those one-dimensional comparisons. Obama does not look like a whole man when a more challenging comparison is made against man or woman. Eugene, Obama really needs you now, so keep finding those odd rock samples for your bud.

Posted by: On the plantation | September 5, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

To all racists/bigots/intolerant religious "wrong":

You have all been lobotomized.
You are incapable of thought.
You need to be sectioned.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

He is less racist than you are, Gene. But you are also sexist.

Posted by: Mark | September 5, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Robinson,

Please quit finding racism around every corner. We're sick of it. Soon, you and your ilk will get your comeuppance: whites in this country will finally tire of being constantly and unfairly accused of racism and will soon realize that all of the handouts and freebies that blacks are given are being taken as though they are deserved entitlements (affirmative action is a primary example of this). Whites in this country are sick of having to tiptoe about and censor every word they utter for fear of being labeled a racist by a liberal WaPo columnist or one of the racist reverends Sharpton or Jackson. We're sick of it. We're sick of giving you preferences and getting nothing but hate in return.

Love,
arlingtonresident

Posted by: arlingtonresident | September 5, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Is it possible to criticize Obama's mannerism, style or approach w/o being called a racist? I think Mr. Robinson shows that you cannot.

Is it possible to criticize Sen. Obama's lack of experience or accomplishments w/o being called a racist? Is it possible to even disagree with his positions? Reading this board, I'm not optimistic.

God help me - I'm not ready for four years of this crap.

Posted by: Chris | September 5, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I would like to see Robinson address the resentment that lies behind the term "uppity." My own family has blue-collar roots, and although we weren't Southern, the older men in my family harbored that resentment. They felt deeply threatened by desegregation and by the prospect of blacks ranking (as they saw it) above them in the social hierarchy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

joshua and michal hall: both of you really need to pick up a US history book and maybe then you'll realize that there are much more to words than formal definitions alone--social and historical context play a considerable role in shaping a word's meaning. your ignorance about the terms "uppity negro" or "uppity ni--er" cearly exemplifies one of the major problems we have as a nation: we don't know anything about anything. somehow we think that we are exempt from studying history or social science. but i have a news flash for you: you can't understand the present until you understand the past. so no wonder neither of you recognized the use of the word "uppity" today as being related to the use of "uppity negro" back during slavery and Jim Crow. Please do us all a favor and brush up on your history. It will do you so me good! And sorry, Joshua, but as a fellow Caribbean immigrant I am here to tell you that you don't get a pass for not knowing the racist connotation of a US word just because you're an immigrant! If you are living in this country, it is your responsibility to read and learn about its history so that you are able to fully paricipate in the debates that are happening in an informed mannnner. Our history as Caribbeans is intimately tied to that of African Americans and i strongly urge you to know something about it!

As for Obama responsiding to these racist attacks by attacking the McCain camp in return, we must remember that he is a black man running for president in America, and that by virtue of that alone, there are many things that he can't say or do if he wants to to stay in the race. I don't think this is something that Democrats realized when they put all of their faith in Obama, but he can't go out swinging like say, Joe Biden can. This really puts him between a rock and a hard place.

Posted by: knowledge is power | September 5, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

When Repblicans kept using the term "arrogant" I felt it was a code for the the U word. Now it's been used openly. I don't think that all Republicans are racist but it's not beyond the Republican leadership to pander to those of the are in order to win an electon. BTW, the choice of Palin as McCain's running mate has certainly energized me. I intend to work hard to get Obama elected.

Posted by: browneri | September 5, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Thinking people of all colors reject the meaningless platitudes of Barack Hussein Obama.

Get over it, Eugene.

Change is not a destination; Hope is not a strategy.

Posted by: Rufus | September 5, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

sanity wrote:

Thanks Cheryl for filling us in!

Instead of "uppity" it appears you would rather use "arrogant, condescending, patronizing". Apparently you feel more comfortable with those three words instead of one word to convey the same concept.
====

Wrong. Are you saying that because of the racial hate behind whites' use of "uppity" that now no black person can ever be called arrogant (condescending, patronizing), no matter how arrogant they in fact might be? No one can find fault with a black person's personality traits because that's racist? I reject this.

"Uppity" goes hand-in-hand with the historical Southern whites' belief that blacks were tolerable as long as they "knew their place". And for whites, this "place" for blacks meant: no competing with whites for jobs, for women, for seats at the restaurant/theater, etc - stay in your place and everything's ok. Any black who did not accept that yoke was termed uppity, in essence, an insurgent who revolts against the white social order.

None of this erases the fact that some people come across as condescending and smug, or know-it-alls, regardless of their race. I agree "uppity" should not be used because it's demeaning (an implied "how dare you??", which implies inferiority). But Obama does come across as snobbish to some, and it has nothing to do with his skin color.

Posted by: apox | September 5, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

The "uppity" statement goes to the heart of why the polls are close and Obama will probably loose the general election, America is still stuck in its infancy. In an age of globalization and ever-increasing diversity, with the major, catastrophic threat of global warming that threatens our earthly/speciel existence we still can't get beyond the playground mentality, "oh your skin is darker than mine, I hate you." The problem with this country rests in the foundational fact that we are afraid to live into our own ideals, we are afraid to change, because as one knows with change comes sacrifice; the giving up of power, sharing a piece of the pie, namely the so-called American Dream. Take a drive into a white suburb in any state and you will see that people don't want a black or hispanic person moving in next door. One of the reasons you have people with bears in their backyard and living in flood zones is because of "white flight," the desire to escape those who look different from you. Sad and pathetic as it may be, it really is an outdated and nonsensical way of being, and if it is learned, perhaps it can be unlearned. The bottomline that we fail to understand is that if we don't act as humans to address climate change, and Americans to address our common issues we truly are in some deep deep trouble. We must understand and learn that what we do individually and collectively affects nature, we just can pollute and consume endlessly without consequences as we are seeing on the environmental front. Just as we cannot keep an entire race(s) of people subjugated to lesser status and think that somehow our quality of life will be better, why, because poverty breeds resentment and revolution which may come in the form of crime which we end up paying for either with our lives, safety, or taxes. As well as falling behind other countries economically, socially, and educationally. It is better that we recognize that a person with dignity and opportunity is an ally and a neighbor and life is better for all, as well as an educated populace. That is not utopia that is life. Thus, we must ask ourselves what quality of life do we want, to we want to breathe fresh air and drink clean water, do we want to be able to keep our doors unlocked at night or walk down the street in safety, or do we want a status quo that only in the end bring ruinous results. GROW UP AMERICA!

Posted by: shakazuluonetime | September 5, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Robinson you are, in a phrase, a commercial rasist. Every piece of drivel you write is dependent on generating negative racial emotion. Unlike MLK who sought to extinguish the onerous effects of discrimination based on imagined perceptions you perpetuate and profit from them. I assume it is a handsome profit in that it is capable of overcoming any self respect and dignity you may possess.

Posted by: hucares | September 5, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Westmoreland is a native of Georgia and was born in 1950, which means he grew up during the Civil Rights Movement. Anybody with that background knows what "uppity" means. It's no stretch to see racism here, and no stretch to assume it was intentional.

Posted by: Nancy Jane Moore | September 5, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

However you call it, it was the favourite topic of the superrich and black Miles Davis...........

Posted by: Mothersomething | September 5, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

chris:

It was a racist remark, so get over it.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

shakazuluonetime wrote: "Obama will probably loose [sic] the general election, America is still stuck in its infancy. In an age of globalization and ever-increasing diversity, with the major, catastrophic threat of global warming that threatens our earthly/speciel existence we still can't get beyond the playground mentality, "oh your skin is darker than mine, I hate you.""

shakazuluonetime,

Did you just imply that if Obama loses it is because America is racist?

Wow.

How about considering the possibility that Obama might lose because a large portion of this country doesn't want a socialist in the White House who is ready to comply with the demands of a lunatic congress?

Or is that also racist?

Posted by: arlingtonresident | September 5, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Yes, being articulate, thoughtful, and very knowledgable about the Constitution is indeed threatening to the racists (who arent'). Our country needs to move beyond this vitriolic hate that unfortunately is way too common in the people of Georgia.

Go Obama!

Posted by: BigRoy | September 5, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I grew up in Mississippi and never once did I ever hear Uppity in a racial bias term. Yeah, I heard the N word plenty. Now did I never hear Uppity? Sure I did. It was used for Whites and Blacks who thought they were too good to talk too or to good to socialize with common folks. That is what Obama appears to be and I agree. He is Uppity.
Since you are black and you throw out something this stupid just shows how stupid you are.

Posted by: DJ | September 5, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Where do you think all the KKK members, separatists, white-supremacists and others of their ilke are??

They are hiding behind the cloak of the "religious right" element of the Republican party. That's where they are, and that's why they now have legitimacy. They have been "blessed" by the GOP to get their votes.

Republican/neocon operatives made it so.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Obama iis not "uppity", but he is well-educated and refined, and far superior to many who are writing on this board.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

As a white woman, I honestly did not know that "uppity" meant what Mr. Robinson is saying it means. I'm a blue collar working mother from a Mason Dixon line border town in Pennsylvania. I'm in a very successful business that my father started, and now my brother owns and I run the office. Neither my brother nor I went to college. When we say "uppity" here, it means preppy, stuck up, not in touch with the "regular" folk. I have a lot of "uppity" family members and I've met a lot of "uppity" people that think they are better than me because of either a college education, or the fact that to look at me you'd never know that I help run a successful international automotive business. "Uppity" is the word we ordinary people use for these self centered, presumptuous I'm-better-than-you-are people. Thank you Mr. Robinson for pointing this unknown fact out to me. Goes to show we never stop learning things, but I don't think it will stop me from using the term to describe my people that tend to thumb their nose at me.

Posted by: Jex | September 5, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinson writing an article about racism, WOW, this has got to be the funniest article I have seen printed in the Post in the last several years.

Eugene, you do nothing but write about racism, however, you never seem to portray it accurately, you only show one side, and that is the side that benefits Barrack Obama. Nothing else matters to you other than portraying Obama as a man who people are picking on because you believe everyone other than you and Obama supporters are racist.

Eugene, you don't get it because you are so biased, quite frankly I am not sure why you don't simply put in the paper several times a week - "Support Obama, because if you don't you're a racist!!"

Eugene you are pathetic, and that has nothing to do with the color of your skin. You are pathetic because you are narrow minded, limited in your ability to discuss anything other than your support for Obama, and how folks of color in this country have been mistreated. Calling Bill Clinton a racist and playing the race card against Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro was comical, you simply called them a racist, so ignorant people believed you. That's pathetic, you need to get past yourself and your own personal racial biasness.

Finally, I have no idea why the Post does not simply fire you, you do nothing but repeat your racially slanted views week after week.

Eugene Robinson congrats on winning the world's biggest racist award - you certainly deserve it.

Posted by: Eugene Racist Robinson | September 5, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Robinson's article shows how absolutely desperate the Obama fanatics have become. Faced with the fact that their candidate is a superficial lightweight who espouses deeply left-wing politics that are out of step with the broad majority of Americans of all races, a candidate who has smeared the most successful democratic president in decades, a candidate who has spitefully spurned the obvious Vice President choice who he needed to actually have a chance, they again try to pull out their slanderous weapon of choice: the racist card. But that card itself is a superficial one that rests upon the ability to discern the meaning of the statements of others. Now Robinson says "aha! a smoking gun!" in the use of the word "uppity". Without going into a long tirade about the abhorent PC politics of the left and their mad policing of the English lexicon, we should note that Robinson's desperation has caused him to wag his finger at some minor congressperson from Georgia. The fact that the Washington Post would put this opinion piece up in a shameless attempt to put the word "racism" back on the front burner just how low the post and Robinson have sunk. We should not be surprised. Day by day to error of choosing Obama as the Democratic candidate is becoming clear. Not because of the color of his skin, but simply because he is not a good candidate for all the regular, political reasons. The constant focus on skin color and race is, in fact, revealing one thing very clearly: the REAL racists in America are people like Eugene Robinson.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | September 5, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Hall,

I've quoted your later replies but in your initial comment you said that you were a native Virginian, 34, and had never heard the word "uppity" used in a racial context.

That's truly a wonderful thing, because it shows how much my beloved adopted home (after growing up in South Carolina, I moved to Virginia in the '70s) has changed since the bad old days. I can hope the racial context of "uppity" is unknown to more people as time goes by until it becomes as obscure as some of the language used by Chaucer.

But I'm twenty years older than you are, Mr. Hall. And according to his biography, Rep. Westmoreland is 58 and has lived in Georgia essentially his entire life. I can assure you, KID (I'm joking, Mike, I'm joking), that anyone who, like me and like him, grew up in the south in the 50s and 60s, using the "whites only" bathrooms, drinking fountains, even the segregated seating sections at the ballparks, knows (or should know) the racial context of the word "uppity".

I wish I could, but as someone who grew up in essentially the same environment at essentially the same time as Rep. Westmoreland -- a very different south than what you grew up in -- I don't believe his spokesman's denials.

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Ape, I've never heard of "uppity" being used as a "fighting word," and your point about "appealing to irrelevant denotations" doesn't make sense since "uppity" also means "presumptuous" and, as I pointed out in my original post, "presumptuous" is a word that has been used by a Washington Post reporter to describe Obama. Ergo, it's not an "irrelevant denotation," and is actually apposite.

Sanity: "I am also not obligated to waste my time trying to justify to you why I believe what I know to be true." Great, I don't want you to waste your time. I've never heard of "uppity" being used in a derogatory sense towards African Americans. You say you have. Fair enough, but clearly Eugene Robinson is incorrect that Westmoreland "is the only born-and-bred Southerner alive who is so oblivious."

Posted by: MIchael E. Hall | September 4, 2008 9:23 PM

Posted by: Listen To Your Elders, Michael Hall | September 5, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

arlingtonresident:

"How about considering the possibility that Obama might lose because a large portion of this country doesn't want a socialist in the White House who is ready to comply with the demands of a lunatic congress?

Or is that also racist?"

Look at your country! Look at what people such as yourself have created! And are willing to create!

God help America with people like you.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Uppity, yep...that is definitely a racist term used against blacks who are succeeding. I'm totally with you Robinson, it's funny how many people will probably ignore this (and mainly people who don't understand the abuses African-Americans have faced). It's really interesting that the same people who will ignore this comment will be the same people who don't agree with Sarah Palin's speech being called "shrill," a comment that women take offense too.

I'm not a fan of Palin's but I can understand taking offense to her being called "shrill." But I also ask that people understand me taking offense to Barack being called uppity.

Posted by: BReal | September 5, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse


Uppity! UPPITY! eeeeeeeeeeeeeek . This expression clearly comes from a Southern belle, hotly fanning herself and crying out for smelling salts as the scared and quivering help, hat in hand, has the nerve to beg for a sick day off or- great crawling crocodiles- a raise !

Tut tut, shame on you Missy- Pissy Westmoreland have you lost your senses or have all those mint juleps clogged your memory box ? Remember? The South lost........ Thank God!

Posted by: elizabeth6 | September 5, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I am impressed with the way americans stick by their political parties right or wrong. The world looks to America as President Clinton said "an example" and lately the Republican Party has shown us that it is ok for America to invade a country (Iraq)but no one else can (WARMONGERS). Also check the facts Georgia attacked Russia and Russia punished them for being stupid to try it. Now Bush want's to give 1 billion dollars to this country this is insane. Iraq is sitting on billions of US currency while we continue to hurt economically and Repub supportist can say is we haven't won the war yet. The way to win a war people is to end it and get back to your citizens.

Obama is doing something remarkable and historic and to take nothing from Sarah Palin (although I don't much about her still politically) but she was brought into the race, she didn't win it like Obama did.

For any American to think racism isn't a part of this political race is not being truthful to yourself (that goes for any race). It is still prevalent in the society overall. The 3 men who conspired to kill Obama during the DNC are charged with weapons and drugs instead of treason against the United States. That is insane.

For whatever you may think about Obama you have to admit what is happening now is not working for average American. I would except any change right now. Senator Clinton will make a great President when it's her time. Trust me she's not done and she shouldn't be. Where she went wrong is by taking the low-road while Obama continued to take the high road. She should also be the one to put Palin in her political place.

Also for the Repub's when the first debate comes, your party will be exposed. Especially since McCain wants there to be no mediator to ask questions. He signed his own political death warrant. Obama out has organized, out debated and out classed all that have come against him. Obama is changing the way politics is played because he knows and not just says that Americans are smarter and more informed then they have ever been. Thank you Google and Utube.

Lastly, I'll just say picture this McCain gets in office. Tensions between Russia and the US increase. Don't think this will be an isolated war like Iraq people. Alliances will be formed and WWIII will start. I believe America will prevail but the economy, american life and liberty will all suffer at the end. Foreign diplomacy is the only way to heal, focus, and rebuild the american way of life.

thanks....

Posted by: bdj1 | September 5, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

RACIAL GRIEVANCE MENTALITY SPILLETH OVER IN THIS ARTICLE

Firstly, you're taking the words of one Georgia representative and quite literally generalizing his use of the word "uppity" to all Republicans. This is the kind of race card playing, shrill racist-accusation finger-pointing that turns off whites.

Eugene Robinson, you blatantly expose now what has been obviously seeping through various articles this election year: a racial grievance mentality that colors all your perceptions of the political landscape, particularly regarding Obama's candidacy.

Secondly, i think it's quite clear that you and your fellow media echo chamber denizens are so out of touch with the mainstream American culture that your claim to understand what "plain English" means when a Georgia representative uses a word, has no credibility. You, in Washington DC are parsing the words from a man from the deep South, looking for racial coding. While many people use that word to describe someone who is arrogant and undeservedly conceited, are you sure that (1) the person in question meant a racial spin on the word and (2) your candidate doesn't deserve the term?

You might want to pause in your screaming of "racist" to note that the word "uppity" implies undue, arrogant conceit and an undeserved sense of entitlement. That would apply to your under-qualified, narcissistic candidate. What other presidential candidate who has never done anything tangible except write 2 fictionalized memoirs, would build a $6 million special stage on which to deliver a speech?

Eugene Robinson, you're looking for racial code words. Look in any dictionary (how about dictionary.com?)

up·pi·ty
1. affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.

EUGENE ROBINSON, BARACK OBAMA IS UPPITY

The term is racist when it's applied to accomplished blacks who deserve the status they claim, not to genuinely inflated narcissists.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 5, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

This election has certainly brought the racists out of the closet - as well as the professional victims.

But the question is, who is the racist? There is a point where people just choose to attach meaning to a particular word. "Uppity" is one of those words and apparently, "fairytale" is another.

Much as it would suit Eugene Robinson's festering sense of victimization to believe that "uppity" means "who does this black guy think he is" the bottom line is that the word means an inflated sense of self-worth. If Eugene Robinson and those who agree with him choose to attach a racist meaning to this word and feel victimized by it, that's really their problem.

I, for one, am tired of trying to remember the list of otherwise innocent words we dare not use around overly-sensitive black people.

Really, get over it. Obama being black doesn't have thing to do with Obama being qualified. It seems that only black people are making that connection. To white people, he's either ready for the job or he isn't. And here's a news flash, white people who don't think he's qualified are allowed to say that, using any language they please. And they're allowed not to vote for him. And that doesn't make them racists.

Will you all please just get over the never-ending whining about how black Obama is or is not? That really only matters to black people. If black people want to make it some big image problem, then they need to understand that the image is confined to themselves. White people have moved beyond judging a person or his meaning by his skin color. Why can't black people do the same?

Posted by: Lynn | September 5, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I am reminded of the story about the man who was sure "they" were out to "get him"

"Relax, stop worrying," said his friends, "you're just being paranoid. It's all just your imagination."

So he relaxed, he stopped worrying.

And sure enough, they got him.

Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. It's good to have Eugene Robinson on guard and alert to the sub-text, the sometimes secret code of language, familiar to many, unknown to many.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 5, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Robinson is dead on. The "uppity" label has been used by many Southern whites for a long time to characterize blacks (or even "white trash")who are moving above their "station" in life. I do not know where this Georgia congressman has been for most of his life, but his insensitivity to racial issues is disgusting. I could suggest that maybe he is from the Georgia "cracker" faction that is still fighting about who is the lowest person on the pole.

In 21st century America, Obama has it right about race. America has an opportunity to turn this page, start a new chapter as we try to form that more perfect union. John McCain's credentials are very suspect in this area. Reviewing McCain's record with respect to racial matters shows that he often has a deaf ear. Despite his experience with POW camps and war, he also seems to have a deaf ear with respect to the treatment of our veterans.

Hopefully, the vast majority of Americans want a campaign that reistablishes the high road of American politics. The Democratic National Convention showed us what this high road looks like. The Republican Convention, for the most part, established a new low for the low road. If McCain is the change agent that he professes to me, he failed at his own convention.

The one thing that came out of the Republican Convention is that John McCain has an entitlement to the Presidency because of his POW experience and the wounds that he received in Vietnam. If this is the case, then we will be playing this game for many years until the Vietnam generation and the Iraq War generation have died. Our forefathers did not see military service as a crucial qualification for the presidency or it would be in the Constitution.

We need to take another look at the character and wisdom of our forefathers and drafters of our Constitution. You might say that for most of them, it was their ideas, not their experiences, that played heavily into the formation of this place we call America. Indeed, none of them had ever experienced our form of government.

Yes, we have a big decision to make. Do we decide to cast our vote for 21st century ideas that many would discard as just talk or do we continue in the 21th century with many of the stale ideas of the past. Do we march forward and create the experiences that will see us as a democratic republic well into the future or do we hesitate and cling to the worn out ideas of the past? Those who value experience over ideas are voting for many of the same failed policies that have created the past 8 years of war and economic turmoil. Bill Clinton tried to launch us well into the 21st century. Bush II reversed years of progress and has just about bankrupted us in treaury, world influence, and moral character.

A review of many of Mr. Jefferson's ideas show that his vision is still relevant today. His notions about wealth and aristocracy need to be reviewed. The Republicans are creating a ruling class of immense wealth in our country. If we do not respond now, it may be too late. There will be a point when the havenots will realize that the only way to have something is to revolt. The sad thing is that the haves have turned into a greedy bunch and are clinging to every penny that they can get their hands on. Their arguments against a living minimum wage and universal healthcare are all based on the "me" mentality.

The Republican convention showed some evidence that there is indeed a struggle to try to reach out of its box of exclusivity and monoracism. However, its platform suggests that McCain will not be the change in Washington that people are looking for.

Obama may not have the experience on paper that some would wish. However, he has the power of a brilliant mind with great ideas on which to launch this country into this century with a mission of greatness among all of the world's nations. The world is looking to America to do the right thing. The world needs leadership and vision now! Obama has already demonstrated in visual terms that he has what it takes. To see over 200,000 Germans waving American flags and remaining in rapt attention to hear every word is indeed a credit to the strength of Obama's words and ideas. It also shows a hunger that the world has to be reattached to the great hope that is America. Obama is truly the one that can change the visual from Abu Gureb to hope, from Guantanamo to human rights, from Iraq to peace.

My fellow Americans, the choice is yours. I for one cast my vote for true change, diplomacy, peace, and vision.

Posted by: Earl C | September 5, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

BARACK OBAMA IS UPPITY

Before looking for racial coding in words, you should first look in a dictionary to see what the core meaning is

up·pi·ty
1. affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.

(dictionary.com)

The term is racist when it's applied to accomplished blacks who deserve the status they claim, not to genuinely inflated narcissists. The term is not "racial coded" when the core meaning actually applies!

What part of "elitist narcissist" don't you understand? Did you miss the $6 million stage?

What a race card player you are, Robinson, screaming your racial grievances at the top of your lungs, day after day.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

That was me, AsperGirl (not "Anonymous") calling Barack Obama "uppity" (because the dictionary meaning of the word actually applies to that inflated narcissist) and calling Eugene Robinson a racial grievance mentality race card player.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 5, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Look kids -- the race card!

Kinda early for the "white guilt" campaign, don't you think? I thought you'd save this for late October.

Eugene, your tired old whiny everything-is-racial politics are thankfully headed for the dustbin of history. So enjoy your last hurrah -- I'm sure from now to election day, you'll see racism in everything the Republicans do.

Posted by: Hampton | September 5, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

What can you expect from the biggest idiot in Congress?

I'm certain I'm not the first to mention this, but Rep. Westmoreland will always be remembered for one thing: the worst crash and burn EVER on The Colbert Report.

For those who don't recall, Westmoreland sponsored a bill to install the 10 Commandments in all federal courthouses, buildings, etc. After carrying one about the supreme significance of that tablet of proscriptions, Stephen asked him to list for him the 10 commandments. Westmoreland couldn't even name one.

A party of hypocrites and idiots. But you didn't need me to tell you that. Just read the comments here.

Posted by: Ricardo Malocchio | September 5, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Republicans cater to the racist vote. Honestly, in America, at least every white racist I’ve met has been a Republican and I’d say about 80% of the Republicans I’ve ever met are racists.

The other funny thing is that Republicans love to call out black people for accusing them of being racist. It’s like they see nothing wrong with being racist, but care more about lack people “complaining” or “whining”. Too bad the same racists never stop whining about Jesus, 10 commandments, and gays. Republicans day to day hypocrisy is mind-boggling. The Republican party’s ideology is riddled with hypocrisy.

Posted by: miknugget | September 5, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

it is so, so sad to see some of these postings. Moronically sad, actually. Did all of those that say Obama is whining and playing the victim not read where the only comment the Obama campaign, NOT rabid left wing nuts, but the campaign downplayed and said they didn't see the so-called race card in the statement. And not all Repubs are racist. many are horrified by this statement and others. and what has been done to their party. And for you right wing nut jobs who say this kind of venom, probably most of you are white and male and have never been discriminated against. During a discussion about same sex marriage I made this observation in a letter to the editor of my local paper. One 62 year old white male wrote back, and said thanks, cause he had never thought about that before. Neither had my husband, but for the most part, it is true. It is hard to understand something abstract like racism and bigotry, especially subtle code words, when you haven't been on the receiving end. But take heart America, a southern state like virginia said no to Allen and his maccaca, just barely, but still no, so there are signs of hope. And for those blathering about Eugene playing the race card, he wrote a column about a comment that a sitting elected public official made on the record. How is that playing the race card? I could say something about a certain POW card, but this whole card playing thing distracts from the VERY REAL and serious issues facing your country. The only voters left who have not made up their minds are independents, and the extreme wing nuts from both sides aren't helping. I have to say though, I was disgusted by the comment by Bush about the angry left. He's the president of all of the States, and should never have denigrated half of his citizens. Reagan would never have sunk that low, nor would have Bush41. Me I loved John McCain, up to the point where he caved to Bush on the anti-torture bill. I still can't believe he did that, was it because he was assured of Bush's support for this election? I really hope not, but what other reason? How would a military man, who had been tortured, be able to look his own wife in the eyes, with his own son in Iraq, and not want to make sure America was on the high ground with this? And as far as McCain being supportive of troops, he was a legacy officer, not a grunt, not an NCO. As a former base brat I remember well the very high figurative wall between the officers, and the NCO's and lower. And his reason for not wanting to raise benefits for vets and college for serving members, they wouldn't re-up enough if they got educated. So don't educate them to keep them in their place? WILL THE REAL JOHN MCCAIN STAND UP? even the Econmist, a conservative mag, had for their cover--BRING BACK THE REAL MCCAIN.

Posted by: katem1 | September 5, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

there is a chance that i might be interpreting things wrongly but

i watched the republican convention and was surprised like everyone else by the palin selection and by the mccain strategy of co-opting the "change" agenda

as the week wore on and speakers increasingly compared obama's experience to palin's, i began to think that they were using a nuanced argument that obama was a token, not qualified to run for president, an "affirmative action" so to speak

Posted by: jamzo | September 5, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Oh boy, the list of supposedly "racially loaded" terms is bulging at the seams.

Would Eugene "Shilling for Obama" Robinson post a list of these words; "The Words That Could Never be Said", so those of us daring to criticize Obama (oops, am I a racist now?) can avoid these land mines?

Posted by: Krishna | September 5, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

How about this: Westmoreland knows what "uppity" means and he doesn't care? Racial politics are going to be very big in the next two months. Republicans are going to do their Willie Horton ad, but it will be more clever. Then they will have the Westmoreland types coming out against Obama, playing directly to the folks who will respond to this. They don't care about dignity; all they want is continued control over the Federal government.

Obama is smart; he'll counteract it. But, he won't do it by acting thin-skinned. Case in point, he still picked Biden as a running mate after he stuck his foot in his mouth about Obama being "articulate" and "clean cut."

Posted by: Kate | September 5, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

So what, Eugene. Don't be his friend.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Westmoreland may have been explicit, but I think an aversion to a black president was a subtext in many of the Republicans' convention speeches. Take Joe Lieberman, for instance. When he looked in the camera and addressed his fellow Democrats, saying, in effect, you may be unsure what to do this time, you may be thinking about voting for McCain, and I'm here to tell you, it's ok, it's ok, well, I for one detected the not-so-subtle appeal to white Democrats' possible reluctance to support a black candidate.

Posted by: Mark | September 5, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

This is the first time in my life I have heard that the word uppity is racist.
I grew up in an all white Midwestern town and we used that word to describe the people who lived in the upper middle class and "rich" neighborhoods who would not even look at us "average" folks. The main use of the word was for white society women who didn't work or debutante type teenage girls. Since there were no African Americans in the town it certainly was not used in a racist manner.
I think my best friend and roommate while I was in the Marine Corps, (an African American from Detroit) and my Chinese American wife would be surprised to find I was racist since I used that word a lot growing up.
I will say Eugene, in all sincerity, now that you have pointed out the other meaning, I will not use it again.

Posted by: Uppity racist? | September 5, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Are you going to riot and burn down your house now?

Posted by: Ralph | September 5, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

sanity wrote: "Look at your country! Look at what people such as yourself have created! And are willing to create!"

Sanity,

I'm not a republican who is willing to defend every aspect of the Bush presidency; there are a number of his policies with which I strongly disagree.

However, putting a socialist like Obama in the White House is not a cure for whatever Bush-era ills you hope to distance yourself from.

For instance, Obama *will* raise taxes. If you don't fall within one of the brackets that will be increased, you can be sure to see the prices of your goods and services increase because he is going to raise the already-high corporate tax rate. Plus, he's going to raise the capital gains tax rate---something that will affect fully 1/2 of Americans!

Obama wants you to think that most of American is without health insurance. This simply isn't true. 85% of Americans have health insurance. And what of that remaining 15%? I've not seen any studies, but I'd guess that many of those folks *choose* not to have insurance. And Obama wants to tell them that they aren't allowed to make that choice. What kind of America is that?

The list goes on.

The fact of the matter is this country doesn't need a socialist-democrat in the White House. We don't need higher taxes. We don't need the government telling us what to do and how to spend our money. Those are not the principals on which this country was founded.

Posted by: arlingtonresident | September 5, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I am an African American, retired military, now living in Germany. I agree with both sides of the issue on this one. Webster states that the definition of "uppidy" is putting on or marked by airs of superiority. Sometimes, although stupid, someone makes a remark that may seem racist, it doesn't necessarily make them a racist. Take for instance, as african americans, we will call our male friends "our boys". If a white male was to say that, then, we would immediately conceive them to be racists.

Now, what the governer said, especially as a elected official, could of been meant to be racists, but, to immediately call him a racists is wrong, just like it is wrong for everyone to start immediately claiming everyone is being "Sexist" as it relates to Palin.

Just my two cents

Posted by: Fernando Dickens | September 5, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

At least Westmoreland is man enough to say it. Many on this blog don't even have the b@lls to admit how they really feel.


There are so many people that can't imagine someone like Barack Obama being intelligent. I can understand it because if you are illiterate then literacy is foreign to you. To tell uneducated people Barack Obama graduated from Harvard is meaningless.

Barack Obama is just an "Uppity Negro" to many. And he needs to be put back in his place.

This is from a born, reared and still resides Southerner that supports Barack Obama.

Posted by: OneFreeMan | September 5, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

miknugget wrote: "Honestly, in America, at least every white racist I’ve met has been a Republican and I’d say about 80% of the Republicans I’ve ever met are racists"

Mik,

You do know, don't you, that 90% of blacks are going to vote for Obama. 90%! This tells me that some---perhaps many---of them are going to vote for him *simply because of the color of his skin*.

Is that racist? I'd say so.

Posted by: arlingtonresident | September 5, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Eugene, you're absolutely right to call out Rep. Westmoreland on what he said. It is despicable. It is no less despicable to imply that all Republicans are thinking the same thing. Are you suggesting that Obama's resume, ambition and skill set are off limits for close examination and criticism? Or is that just the subtext of your argument? The American people owe it to themselves to look closely over every inch of each of these four people and decide for themselves whether they think Harvard Law Review and Chicago community organizer stack up against exceptional military heroism and a long career record of reform in the U.S. Senate. For starters.

Posted by: John from Indiana | September 5, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with other comments here that the race card does seem to land on the table whenever Obama starts looking wobbly (which is almost daily at this point).

Didn't El Reverendo Jesse Jackson call Obama the N-word and advocate chopping his nuts off? Oh, but that was just in good fun.

At this point in our nation's history, charges of racism in the public sphere are by and large efforts to simply censor speech that so-called "liberals" just can't address on the merits.

Posted by: Rory | September 5, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

White majority rule, that's the message RNC send us this past week, you only had to look at the audience to gather that much.

There was not much trace of decency, civility, gentleness that is characteristic of the American spirit - instead all we got was fight, tear each other down - be mean, nasty, rude, sarcastic, belligerent - that kind of behavior was touted as the path to success in today's world.

Its not the America I see everyday on our street corners, supermarket aisles and grocery stores, town hall meetings, public schools and libraries.

Sad. Its time for a sweeping change and we cannot afford to trust McCain-Palin to do that. Sen Obama alongwith Sen Biden are our best hopes.

Posted by: gk | September 5, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"I wouldn't call Obama "uppity". I call him arrogant, condescending and patronizing."

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Agreed!

Posted by: Blk Female Vtr | September 4, 2008 8:38 PM
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Wait, I thought this article was about Obama not Palin; "arrogant, condescending and patronizing?" Who let that dog out?

Posted by: White Female Vtr | September 5, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Lynn makes some very good points. However, white people were not subjected to years of slavery in this country. Whites have turned to some rather sophisticated coded language that does indicate strong racism. As a white Southern male, I have particular problems with my white "redneck" brothers who still only see skin color as the metric for evaluating worth and character. Far too many whites will vote for anyone other than Obama solely because he has "black blood" in him. It makes no difference that he is half white. When Senator George Allen used the now famous "Macaka" term to refer to a dark-skinned Virginian, his coded racism language was revealed. I know that he thought he was safe in his "new" term.

I do find that Obama's racial makeup may be the best evidence yet that God is in the details in this election. What better way to end racism once and for all than to have a truly biracial person take the helm of government. The symbolism is powerful. The added bonus is that Obama is brilliant, thoughtful, humble, open, and sincere. He is a man of great ideas. As a retired educator, I still place great value in ideas. Experience is what you have when you live your ideas or dreams. I like Obama's ideas and his dreams.

Posted by: Earl C | September 5, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Will the blog administrator please remove the fictitious 20 page entry by "Lorna" endorsing Sarah Palin? I don't care about the viewpoint, it's just 100% irrelevant to this topic.

Posted by: Sean | September 5, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Please what is wrong with uppity? It is a English word rooted in the 19th century simply mean up, while in modern English, arrogant, self-important. I would challenge Mr Robinson to point out a single dictionary that define the word with any racism connotation.

It seems to me any time Mr Robinson writes anything, he is accusing someone racist. Shame.

Posted by: God Father | September 5, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

It's telling you didn't actually quote him. When I first heard of the usage, I was offended, but the quote make it plainly clear it wasn't used in a racial context.

The quote is.
"Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity,” Westmoreland said."

Uppity in a racial context isn't as an already arrived elitist-class individual.

Having to correct himself from Mr. Obama to Sen. Obama is actually worse, but at least he corrected himself.

In a way, the very phrase usage in this context shows how far African-Americans have come. Uppity, as you know, was used against lower economic class blacks trying to improve their lives or assert their individuality. It was a term meant to say, "Stay in your place"

Here, Westmoreland, is using it as a reinforcement that Sen. Obama thinks he's better than others. The exact opposite of its traditional racist context.

Mr. Robinson, I agree that racial code words need to be confronted, but when we cry foul when it is not warranted, we hurt the cause. I honestly don't believe that you think the use was racist her, you're too intelligent for that. A person wiser than Westmoreland wouldn't have used the term, but he's not wise. He could also very well harbor racist thoughts, but here his sin is poor and ignorant choice of words, and we shouldn't elevate it beyond this.

Posted by: Xanthro | September 5, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

White Trash is scary.

Posted by: Becky | September 5, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

miknugget wrote: "Honestly, in America, at least every white racist I’ve met has been a Republican and I’d say about 80% of the Republicans I’ve ever met are racists"

Mik,

You do know, don't you, that 90% of blacks are going to vote for Obama. 90%! This tells me that some---perhaps many---of them are going to vote for him *simply because of the color of his skin*.

Is that racist? I'd say so.

Posted by: arlingtonresident | September 5, 2008 9:46 AM
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Arlingtonresident, 92% or more of Blacks voted for Bill Clinton both terms and over 90% voted for Kerry; I believe about 89% voted for Gore. All of these men were a tad bit lighter in skin color than Obama. Do you believe they voted for them because of the color of their skin?

Posted by: Blacks Have Always Been the Dems Base | September 5, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

i don't understand where is the black people in alaska and why is everything about this lady as te rep has said we don't know anything about this lady she could be a KKK all we know. and now the rep are trying to bring someone in to run the nation that is unknown and plus she is a mayor of 9,000 people little town compare to the USA dog be for real about this.

Posted by: nickelberry | September 5, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

You do know, don't you, that 90% of blacks are going to vote for Obama. 90%! This tells me that some---perhaps many---of them are going to vote for him *simply because of the color of his skin*.
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They were for Hillary before they were for Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

don't understand where is the black people in alaska and why is everything about this lady as te rep has said we don't know anything about this lady she could be a KKK all we know.
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Actually she is an AIP operative for her husband's political party...They want to Free Alaska from American Opression so they can keep all the resources for themselves.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

to sanity: you must be like me--retired and got more time on their hands than sense.

To wit, you are wasting your time arm-wrestling with other bloggers here, because you miss the whole point of 'uppity'. It's all about POWER, regardless of which group says it. In Australia it's called the tall-poppy syndrome. The masses are always trying to knock down the person who chooses to rise above the common flock.

I'm not saying that what Lynn said was right or wrong, but it reflects his thought that anyone who has as little experience on the National scene who ascribes to be President (to Lynn) is uppity. It doesn't matter to him whether the person is black, white, blue, green, or whatever. It's also right for Robinson who has lived TOTALLY in a world that is divided into BLACK and WHITE (and who gets paid by the WP to point this out) to think that Lynn's comment WAS racist, because that's all he knows. If Robinson was white and lived elsewhere, he wouldn't have gotten the same connotation.

So, my point is that Eugene is a racist and always will be because he's been living in that world for his whole life.

Posted by: sixty sixer | September 5, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

As a NYer now living in the south, the term uppity is not a black/white term. Cheerleaders are called uppity, doctors and rich lawyers are called uppity. If you live on a golf course or in a gated community, you are called uppity. if your kids go to a private school, you are called uppity. The victims of the democrat party need to grow up. Some DC lunatic at a left-wing newspaper doesn't need to tell us what is racist in the south. I know that my town and schools in my SOUTHERN town is much more integrated than any town I lived in on Long Island, much more than Westchester, and way more than any city in New Jersey. A child in the south is much more likely to attend school with a racial balance than an child in NY, DC, Chicago, and all of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Get your heads out of your racist butts.

Posted by: Karen | September 5, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Dear Arlington resident:

I strongly disagree. The healthcare system does not work in this country. It only works for the wealthy, because they can afford to pay the outrageous premiums for private insurers. Others, not so fortunate are left with scraps, sky-high deductibles, lousy service, and still high premiums. Then, when a woman gets breast cancer and the insurer feels drug therapy is "just too expensive" they reject her claim.

Health care should not be privitized.

Social security should not degenerate into "private accounts with you name on it" approach of John McCain, left to thw whims of the market and to individuals who do not understand that market.

I am so offended when I see the ad on television where a guy shouts at you with a big grin on his face about the "wonderful" healthcare plan he has to offer.

"When you call, tell them ***** sent you"

You would think he were trying to sell you an air conditioner, or a pair of cheap shoes.

This is the America of today. This is the s--- we face. Corporate greed, business greed, religious greed. Gluttonous pastors so fat they can't get their butts into a chair. But they can get them into their Mercedes-Benz and into their million-dollar houses and private jets.

I'm a veteran. I have lived abroad and in many parts of the USA. I also know America.

I don't know what America you live in. It certainly isn't the one I'm living in!

I'll take Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden anyday to help bring back America to the REAL values it was founded for.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

It's refereshing to have a little honest racism! All those not wanting to vote for Obama because of his race invent all sorts of nonsense to explain why they don't want him: he is Muslim, he thinks he is the messiah, he is the anti-Christ(I heard a Savannah Methodist say that; too much bible reading, I guess). Why not tell the truth: he is black! Congressman Westmoreland is also being somewhat disingenuous: say he is black; yes, he is uppity, but it is only uppity blacks that are meant. Political correctness be damned!

Posted by: norman ravitch | September 5, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

McCain's plan to permanently extending the tax cuts would reduce tax revenue by $1 trillion over four years. If Mr. McCain eliminated every earmark (including money for the gas pipeline that Ms. Palin wants to build in Alaska), the savings would total about $18 billion a year. He hasn’t offered any idea of where he’ll get the rest of the money.

This eviscerates any idiot who froths at the mouth about "tax and spend" liberals. Unless they are willing to admit that they are NOT conservatives. Which I doubt since it allows them to feel smug about their delusions.

Posted by: lpdrjk | September 5, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Of course "uppity" may in fact be appropriate since when Obama was picked in 2004 to be keynote speaker at the Dem's Convention he had absolutely nothing to recommend him except his inflated ego. Who made him keynoter? Was it some uppity black politician?

Posted by: norman ravitch | September 5, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

If "uppity" was supposed to mean "condescending", why not say "condescending"? Why leave room for double meaning? Is the Congressman afraid of saying that he feels looked down on by the mean ol senator? Sincerely, Robinson is right - he is right to play the race card here. Words have meaning, several sometimes. We are all individually responsible for the words we choose. Now there's a concept the right should like: responsibility.

Posted by: George | September 5, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

To sanity: Oh, I forgot the other thought I had. Lorna is a perfect example of a person who has the tall-poopy syndrome et al. I suspect she's been jealous of Palin ever since 1992, like she said. Think of it: Sarah has had a great run of successes, and here's Lorna still a housewife with no success. It makes perect sense that this scorned (as in the library book episode) would trash Sarah.

Thus take what Lorna says with a huge amount of salt and sour grapes.

Further, what office-holder wouldn't want their own folks in official positions? Duh? Is Obama gonna keep the current staff in place. Not on your chinny-chin-chin.....

Posted by: sixty sixer | September 5, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Eugene is right.
The unfortunate thing is that because of his race, people are skeptical of his intentions.
Hence the difficulty for him to effectively put his message across.

Posted by: Liberal Mind | September 5, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I never knew that "uppity" is rascist.In my neighborhood,we suggest that nose in the air Obama-types think their crap doesn`t stink.That may be crude,but it is probably more accurate.

Posted by: bayside | September 5, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I was not aware, nor is anyone I've checked with, that uppity is associated with race whatsoever. The dictionary definition is an aire of arrogance or superiority, it mentioned nothing about race. Could that person have actually meant it by it's plain English definition? Wow, what a concept. In plain English, the word has absolutely nothing to do with race. I belive any journalist, or someone who is pretending to be a journalist, that supports the notion that someone used this word in a racially derogotory way, is in fact themselves a racist. To assume that the word was used in this obscure manner vs. it's real, true meaning, give me a break. Why don't you use your power of free speach for something productive, not something stupid.

Posted by: di | September 5, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Westmoreland was clearly wrong in describing Sen. Obama as "uppity". In a society just beginning to heal the wounds of racism, a US Congressman presenting an example for exactly what the civil rights movement fought against is despicable.

But I'd like to comment more on the author's blatant use of generalization. Mr. Robinson's rhetoric use was an obvious attempt to link Westmoreland to all Republicans. And in a county that is becoming more partisan and factionalized each day, an editorial like his is something we as Americans just don't need.

Westmoreland did not make the comment as a Republican. He made the comment as a racist. Just like I am positive Democrats do not identify with those party members who enacted the Jim Crow Laws, separate-but-equal legislation and engaged in voter intimidation through the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Republicans should not be linked with racists who happen to check the "R" box when registering to vote.

I am a Republican, but am far from racist. I believe that the underrepresented communites in the United States would be better suited to register Republican and support the party of self-made success. And, in all honesty, I would be perfectly happy ousting every racist in the GOP even if it meant gaining only one tenth of that number in minority members.

The Republican Party does not stand for racism. It does not stand for prejudism or segregation. The GOP stands for a smaller federal government, more individual freedoms and the notion that the person who is most capable of running your life is you.

Racism does not, never has, and never will fit in the Republican equation, and anyone who tries to convince people otherwise is working to undermine the American people's attempt to provide true equality of opportunity for all its citizens.

Posted by: Aaron | September 5, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

As a south georgia "cracker" I know the uppity word. But I assure you that it's not just applied to blacks. It's applied to anybody that seems to outshine their position. Or someone that thinks an awful lot of themselves. I can remember many conversation talking about another girl or woman (white, mind you) that said "she sure is uppity" but NSNBC will always put the Race card on it as they are the most biased news on TV. They are actually running Obama's campaign from their station!

Posted by: Alice | September 5, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Maybe some brief translations will simplify this edifying discussion:
Uppity: Cross burnt on lawn move out of town
States Rights: We'll fight to the death for our human property and trash the country in the process
Tax and Spend: R's spend us in the hole and complain the whole way as the others guys try to fix the mess
War on Terror: Trash the bill of rights while we make our friends rich
Any questions?

Posted by: KennyG | September 5, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

From Merriam Webster. Uppity: putting on or marked by airs of superiority.

I grew up in Virginia, and in all my years here, I've never heard that "uppity" is a racist term. I've used it to describe people who think they're better than everyone else--never to make a biased statement about a person of color.

I'm a big believer in fighting racism where it exists. But I need more than the one time use of a word that has a widely used, non-racist definition to make a basis for racism. And Eugene, you should too.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse


McBush would do say the same. it is a Republican deficiency.

Posted by: An: | September 5, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Sixty-sixer:

"you must be like me--retired and got more time on their hands than sense."

No, as a matter of fact, I work every day unlike yourself.

And I do take time to "arm-wrestle" here because it is important to show that people such as yourself with "your mindset based on your background" man in fact be racists.


Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I think we should look through Eugene's archives for an article on Rev. Jeremiah Wright which accuses all Black church-going people of being racist by association, including Barack Obama. Then and only then will I believe his statements in this article are sincere.

Posted by: dcp | September 5, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I thought eugene was finally, finally going to call obama on his race baiting.

I should have known better...

all of Barack's racist baiting is just dandy with Mr. Robinson.

DIsgusting

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

McCain-Palin are running under the "not to be spoken" banner of Protecters of you white people. Her speech Wednesday was filled code words that "wink wink" we all dont have to explain. McCain's speech was beyond hypocritical given the kind of campaign he has been running. Moreover, he still has no policies, just more blatherings. Its said to think that that is what too many Americans really want and need - a President who gave up what principles he had but who is willing to mouth whatever his handlers put in front of him.

Posted by: nclwtk | September 5, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Here is a native Wasilla resident who is not afraid to speak out about Sarah Palin.

Sean-492003

ABOUT SARAH PALIN
I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child's favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.
She is enormously popular; in every way she's like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won't vote for her can't quit smiling when talking about her because she is a "babe".
It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months.
She is "pro-life". She recently gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.
She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.
She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.
Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin's kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.
Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.
She's smart.
Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents.
During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.
Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative". During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.
The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren't enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit- generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.
While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.
These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.
As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.
In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today's surplus, borrow for needs.
She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.
While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.
Sarah complained about the "old boy's club" when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State's top cop (see below).
As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla's Police Chief because he "intimidated" her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't fire her sister's ex- husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in- law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.
She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn't like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.
Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.
When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the "old boys' club" when she dramatically quit, exposing this man's ethics violations (for which he was fined).
As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the "bridge to nowhere" after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.
As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects--which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance-- but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as "anti-pork".
She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.
Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah's mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.
As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as "AGIA" that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.
Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned "as a private citizen" against a state initiative that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State's lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior's decision to list polar bears as threatened species.
McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President.
There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.
However, there's a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.
CLAIM VS FACT
*"Hockey mom": true for a few years
*"PTA mom": true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
*"NRA supporter": absolutely true
*social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconstitutional) .
*pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
*"Pro-life": mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation
*"Experienced": Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
*political maverick: not at all
*gutsy: absolutely!
*open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
*has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
*"a Greenie": no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro- drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
*fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
*pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
*pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
*pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla's history.
*pro-labor/pro- union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn't make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro- union.
WHY AM I WRITING THIS?
First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.
Secondly, I've always operated in the belief that "Bad things happen when good people stay silent". Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.
Third, I am just a housewife. I don't have a job she can bump me out of. I don't belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that's life.
Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah's attempt at censorship.
Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.
CAVEATS
I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can't recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall--they are swamped. So I can't verify my numbers.
You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my "about 5,000", up to 9,000. The day Palin's selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90's.

Posted by: Alex | September 5, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Here is a native Wasilla resident who is not afraid to speak out about Sarah Palin.

Sean-492003

ABOUT SARAH PALIN
I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child's favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.
She is enormously popular; in every way she's like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won't vote for her can't quit smiling when talking about her because she is a "babe".
It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months.
She is "pro-life". She recently gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.
She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.
She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.
Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin's kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.
Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.
She's smart.
Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents.
During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.
Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative". During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.
The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren't enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit- generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.
While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.
These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.
As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.
In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today's surplus, borrow for needs.
She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.
While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.
Sarah complained about the "old boy's club" when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State's top cop (see below).
As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla's Police Chief because he "intimidated" her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't fire her sister's ex- husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in- law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.
She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn't like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.
Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.
When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the "old boys' club" when she dramatically quit, exposing this man's ethics violations (for which he was fined).
As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the "bridge to nowhere" after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.
As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects--which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance-- but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as "anti-pork".
She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.
Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah's mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.
As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as "AGIA" that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.
Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned "as a private citizen" against a state initiative that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State's lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior's decision to list polar bears as threatened species.
McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President.
There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.
However, there's a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.
CLAIM VS FACT
*"Hockey mom": true for a few years
*"PTA mom": true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
*"NRA supporter": absolutely true
*social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconstitutional) .
*pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
*"Pro-life": mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation
*"Experienced": Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
*political maverick: not at all
*gutsy: absolutely!
*open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
*has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
*"a Greenie": no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro- drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
*fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
*pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
*pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
*pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla's history.
*pro-labor/pro- union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn't make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro- union.
WHY AM I WRITING THIS?
First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.
Secondly, I've always operated in the belief that "Bad things happen when good people stay silent". Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.
Third, I am just a housewife. I don't have a job she can bump me out of. I don't belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that's life.
Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah's attempt at censorship.
Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.
CAVEATS
I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can't recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall--they are swamped. So I can't verify my numbers.
You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my "about 5,000", up to 9,000. The day Palin's selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90's.

Posted by: Alex | September 5, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Some of you claiming to feign ignorance that Uppity is not racist are only fooling yourselves. Next you say that calling a black man Boy is a term of endearment.

Posted by: Iraq Vet | September 5, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

You know what, Eugene Robinson? I used to give a damn about racism (anti-black or otherwise). I used to show my kids movies and read them books that highlighted the issue, etc. Now, I really don't care any more. Why? Because I'm sick of whiners like you who interpret racism in every offhand comment they don't like, in every instance of slow retail service, in every personal snub. I'm not a racist and I'm sick of being implicitly called a racist by virtue of my conservatism and voting Republican.

Posted by: BiteMeEG | September 5, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

"A Harvard Educated black man who after graduating from school runs straight to a community activist "

why don't the obama minons know Barck's life story..(oh, they base it all barack's lying autobiography.. so full of lies he had to retitle it a "memoir")

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Of course when Ludacris called Hillary an "irrelevant b!tch, Eugene ignored that. But now that he relentlessly shills for the fraud, he tries to pull out the old standby the race card. Eugene is just pimped out by Obama to make sure that blacks are kept in line

Posted by: Yep put the race cars on the table you shill | September 5, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

the democrats have found the promised land--used to be in georgia the racists were all democrats--you remember the owner of the restaurant in atlanta with the axe handle he threatened any black with--or how about the local poll taxes, always enforced by the sheriff, who, of course, was a democrat--or the bed sheet crowd and the local cops, and the state legislature, all dominated by democrats, and all racists--

Posted by: rencarl@verizon.net | September 5, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

You know Eugene, your article is right on point; but as an African American Woman impacted by both racist and sexist slurs, can I offer this. For the remainder of this campaign let's suspend the mentioning of every code word used in reference to Obama being Black and every code word used to imply that Sarah needs to be barefooted at home baking cookies for her kids as sexist. This is a historical race with a Black man and a Woman on the ticket for the very first time to lead our country. We all know that racism exist especially in the South, and so does sexism (particularly in the South also-what's with these dumb azz back in the day Southerners?) The one thing that the campaign has proven is there are more Whites who are not racist than there are those who are; and those who are racist would never vote for Obama anyway.

Obama seems not to be concerned with the ignorance of the few; and Sarah has pretty much made sexist attacks on herself like referring to herself as a "pit bull." So let's put on our thick skin and let the games begin. That's not to say that someone calling Obama the N-Word shouldn't be called on the carpet, but "code words"--really why do we care?

Posted by: Beingsensible | September 5, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I congratulate The Governor of Alaska on her nomination of Vice-President of the United State of America....

Ok Governor of Alaska during your acceptance speech you mention that Senator Obama was just a "Community Organizer"

I need to remember or inform you that:

It was JUST a young man who several years ago give a speech on the same date that Senator Obama give his acceptance speech
"I Have a Dream"- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

It was JUST a woman who lead slaves to FREEDOM that was Harriet Tubman- The Underground Railroad.

It was JUST a young girl growing up in Alabama who parents bring her to Washington DC for a visit stop in front of the White House the young girl stated that you was one day work at the White House- Condoleezza Rice- Secretary of State

As a African-American woman I am/was HIGHLY upset with your statement about Senator Obama being JUST a "Community Organizer in Chicago, IL after receiving a Jris Doctor from Harvard,

The first Africa-America to won a Presidental Nominee of either party Republican or Democrat.

You see Governor of Alaska; being JUST a "Ccommunity Organizer" in a urban city help to organize programs for inner city youth, help displaces workers, inform our senior citizens about the various programs within the community,.

At the Republican Convention, the television camera would span the crowd I can count on both of my hands the number of African-American in your party.

I think it is 3% of African American that are Republican.

I benefited from a "Community Organizer" who help me with scholarships for college, and I obtain a major degree in Public Adminstration.

My advice to you would been to choose your words wisely.

After Congratulation......


Posted by: Newark New Jersey | September 5, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinson
"E" stands for "Emergency!!!" and "R" stands for "Racists!"

I've never heard of uppity, except as in saying somebody is arrogant. That quality transcends race. Barack is half-white. So what's the dilly?

Can a white person be uppity? Or is this uppity label like those old anti-miscegenation laws- i.e. just one drop of black blood means you are legally black, and therefore have the capacity to get uppity. WTF, I wasted 3 minutes thinking about this pointless crap.

This is a tempest in a teapot. You're as paranoid as Roddy Piper in "They Live". The people who made race a stigma are no longer a societal force; they are dying off in droves, because they are old and many have poor dental hygiene.

Posted by: Gerald McBoingBoing | September 5, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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I prefer the term used in Malaysian schools in the 60's to recalcitrant children:

"insolent baggage"
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Posted by: JSF | September 5, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Lorna!
It was well written and gave a full picture of Palin.
Even if a little bit subjective - it is still a lot of stuff to think of.
Great insight!

Posted by: vanitsky | September 5, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

You all should read Lorna's post and make up your own mind. I have.
Thank you Lorna (Ms. Kilkenny).

Posted by: waiyeehawaii@msn.com | September 5, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

If Obama isn't uppity I don't know who is. How did he get to be Democratic keynote in 2004 when he hadn't even yet been elected to the Senate? Was it his sterling work in Springfield, IL which made him eligible?

Posted by: norman ravitch | September 5, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Obviously Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is a racist. Enough said.

Posted by: Scott | September 5, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

First I would like to say a very big thank you for Lorna in Alaska. You are a gutsy person for submitting your rather enlightening piece. I have to say it supports everything I have been able to research on Sarah Palin. As a Social Worker who has worked as a usless Community Organizer, with the homeless, with pregnant teens, with the seriously mentally ill I have to say this woman's social issues agenda scares the heck out of me. Everything else about her scares the heck out of me. Can someone in Alaska please remind her that our great country was founded on freedom of religion. Why do I bring this up you might ask.... Check out her performance as a standing governor on stage with her pastor in her church discussing how they will save us all with their God and their religion. I was frankly waiting for the koolaid or the spaceship to show up on the same stage. For you Mr. Robinson you have become our favorite on the Keith show. Appalling about the uppity comment. No way any adult with a normal IQ in this country could not know how offensive this comment is to African Americans, and to all citizens. Why can I only read this in your column and not all over the media.

Posted by: Tania in Apex, NC | September 5, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Aaah, Norman Ravitch - you don't read much, do you? If you do, please reference your claim that Obama was selected to address the convention in 2004 because he had "an inflated ego." He didn't apply for that job. I won't say that all conservative Republicans are racist - but everyone I currently know who's "just a little bit" racist, or uncomfortable around minorities would call themselves conservative Republicans. But I'm sure that somewhere there must be an exception.

Posted by: bosox1419 | September 5, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

sanity wrote:
"No, as a matter of fact, I work every day unlike yourself.

And I do take time to "arm-wrestle" here because it is important to show that people such as yourself with "your mindset based on your background" man in fact be racists."

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It's now past 10a.m. in the morning, and you are still posting. Do you own your own business or are blogging while on the clock?

And your last sentence didn't make sense. It suspect you meant "may" not "man". Still, what's that got to do with what I said?

I was trying to be funny, but it didn't go over, sorry. But I stand by my points (whatever they were,,,I forgot). Oh, yeah, Gene is a racist, I'm a racist, so are you. Some of us grew up in the STL inner-city and am very comfortable with Blacks and whites together. I'm not a racist when it comes to Blacks. However, I am racist when it comes to Muslim fundamentalists and any other group that wants to deny me the right to practice the religion I want to.

BTW, being retired is great. After over 40 years now as a retired military man, it feels nice to sit back and blog any time I want and not be on anyone's clock.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Gee, I guess the race card is being played, by who I am not sure, Lyn Westmoreland or Eugene Robinson. I mean I and I would guess few other people had ever even heard of Lyn Westmoreland and certainly never would have heard of his "uppity" comment until Eugene Robinson gave it such high profile publicity. I would add that some no name congressman is not the entire Republican party.

Posted by: Steve | September 5, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I am a white male that grew up in the western portion of North Carolina. I was born in 1963 and lived with my family in Wilmington, N.C. during the summer of 1968. I have seen segregation up close. Though not steeped in it, I was very fortunate to have grown up in Jim Crow’s wake and not to have had to been exposed to too much of the deprivation incurred on by blacks during American apartheid’s heyday. One of the first instructions I received, just after the “we don’t use the ‘N’ word in this house” was that the word “uppity” was a term used by racists that meant that a “colored person” had stepped out of line and thought that he was as good as a white man.

Trust me, no one that grew up in the south, is fooled. I am sure that the congressman from Georgia new EXACTLY what he was saying, primarily for the cross burning members of his constituency. I grew up with Klan. I know Klan speak when I hear it.

Posted by: Chris Pittman | September 5, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinson is certainly not "uppity" more like elementary. His columns are so simplistic in their structure, scope, and language it makes it painfully obvious why he is at the Post in the first place, to take the opinions no serious journalist would take (high school one that is).

As for name calling...what about"redneck, old, christian nut job" and some of the other terms used for Republicans by the enlightened liberals who worship at the throne of PC. I guess it goes both ways. So really if BO becomes president it will be a field day for the PC police who will attack anyone who dares disagree with him by overanalyzing their language instead of the argument.

Posted by: csterling | September 5, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson

Lets be real, does this suprise you? I am like you I prefer racism to be out in the open, at least you know who to watch out for. The republicans had no more than 20 black faces that i could see, for that matter any people a color in any numbers.

On something else i sent you a comment yesterday about Sarah palins lack of judgement of putting her sons face all over the national news that is getting ready to deploy to Iraq, not only his face but his batallion and the date, not only did she put his life in danger but the soldiers who serve with him, being with someone who just retired from the military and recently coming home from the middle east, he was not allowed to give out sensitive information, dates, places, etc. So someone who is the "commander and chief" of the alaskan national gaurd, you would think she might know that. I wonder if she would sell out our military like she did her son for votes?

Posted by: Angela | September 5, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Well bosox: who named Obama keynoter? Who plotted to put him in our face?

Posted by: norman ravitch | September 5, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm just wondering where Eugene Robinson was when Harry Reid issued his "shrill" comment...

...or when his liberal MSNBC buddies talked about "the B word" on the air, in reference to Sarah Palin

...or when CNN questioned how she could run for national office when she has 5 children.

I will not apologize for or excuse a comment with racist undertones. But I do expect a Washington Post columnist to point out that this stuff happens on both sides.

Second question: how is it not racist when people dismiss John McCain as "just an old white man"?

Third question: how does Joe "clean and articulate" Biden separate himself from the Georgia congressman? Seems to me, Barack Obama is running with a racist. And let's not forget the 7-11 remark.

I know you like to boil this all down to "Republicans are bad people" Eugene, but it just seems the world and reality don't back you up on that.

You keep playing the victim though. How's that working out for ya?

Posted by: ep | September 5, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Lorna, thank you for that long and incredibly informative post.
The country doesn't yet know Sarah Palin. Once they do, they won't be smiling.
best, DB

Posted by: DB | September 5, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The e-book by Loren shows Palin to be snow white compared with most politicians. But why her endorsement in a column about the use and abuse of the word uppity?

Posted by: llr | September 5, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Senator Obama is uppity. And for precisely the reasons cited. He is one half Kenyan-American immigrants, like an Irish, Japanese or Italian-American immigrant, and he’s one half white American. So of course he doesn’t know the proper “place” or behavior of a Negro. HE IS NOT A NEGRO. He is not even a mixed race Negro-American. Nowhere in his pedigree or lineage is a history of enslavement and subordination to peoples, cultures or civilizations; that he has been taught are superior to him. He does not have the habit of subordination of his hopes, dreams or aspirations based upon who he and his parents are.

Notice his accent, it’s like a Canadian. It isn’t ham-fistedly trying to be “white” like Secretary of State Condi Rice. And because he’s not a Negro-American, mixed race or otherwise, he doesn’t have a sense permanent, engrained subordination of Secretary Rice or Colin Powell. This is the best way to understand his character and why he behaves the way he does.

Reared outside of Negro America and outside of the white vs. Negro “cold war” that is on going, on so many levels, everywhere east of the Pacific Coast Highway; Senator Obama did not grow up seeing how white Americans in the grocery stores looked at him and his mother when he was riding in the child’s seat in the grocery basket. Senator Obama never herd what was, and is still said in the football stadiums, when a “well spoken” and alleged well liked, proper “Negro”, drops a football pass at Georgia Tech or the University of Virginia. In short, Senator Obama doesn’t not know where he can and can not go in America. In the truest sense, despite what his birth certificate attests to; he was not born “here”, and he most certainly was not raised here. He truly knows nothing of the limitations that the color of his skin and that of his wife and children places upon him and them in this America.

Did he face race prejudice in his growing up? Yes, of course he did. But, did he have an American-Negro education growing up? No, by not any stretch of the imagination did he have such an education.

And this is a great handicap for the Senator. He really doesn’t have a fundamental understanding of what at least one-third of white Americans today, not forty years ago, today, see, when they look at him, his wife and his children. And he does not grasp what this means to his ability to do the job of being president of the United States.

Posted by: rc115shepherd | September 5, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Uppity. Elitist. What’s the difference? Why don’t the Republicans just make up a new word like say… ‘elity’. That way all Republicans can freely use that word. Example, ‘Oh, that Barack Obama is just an "ELITY" young Black man’.

Posted by: Candy | September 5, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse


You know what, as a black woman I respect the KKK and this Georgia congressman. I like people who say and do what they feel.
What I really hate and can't stand are closet racists who pretend to be color blind when they are not. They are the most dangerous people around.
The world would be a better place if all closet racists came out and stopped pretending and clutching at straws to explain their decisions.
The so called PUMAs and conservative democrats should take a cue from this Georgia man. It's the honorable thing to do.

Posted by: Osego | September 5, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

BARACK OBAMA IS UPPITY

Before looking for racial coding in words, you should first look in a dictionary to see what the core meaning is

up·pi·ty
1. affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.

(dictionary.com)

The term is racist when it's applied to accomplished blacks who deserve the status they claim, not to genuinely inflated narcissists. The term is not "racial coded" when the core meaning actually applies!

What part of "elitist narcissist" don't you understand? Did you miss the $6 million stage?

What a race card player you are, Robinson, screaming your racial grievances at the top of your lungs, day after day.

TOP 10 WAYS TO TELL YOUR ELITIST CANDIDATE HAS NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER

Voted "present" 130 times in the Illinois senate instead of "yes" or "no", claiming that taking stands on any "controversial" legislation might hurt his career in the future

Repaints campaign airplane with "Air France One"

Creates a presidential-seal-looking emblem for himself to hang on his podium and stamp his stuff with

Though his debate score was 0-in-22, claims he lost ABC news debate because Stephanopolous set him up

Though his debate score was 0-in-23, claims he lost at Saddleback because McCain cheated -- on questions about what the candidates beliefs were

Entire summer spent strategizing and positioning -- about whether to allow convention delegates to actually cast votes

In Scranton he talks "hope" and "change"; in San Francisco he says "Let me tell you 'bout them bitter white trash!"

The actual convention theme is "Yet more focus on Michelle and Barack Obama that our $300 million campaign and wall-to-wall media coverage for two years haven't brought you yet"

Blows campaing contributions on building a $6 million temple in a coliseum with fireworks, an orchestra playing in the background and fireworks -- all for a one time speech of his

Immediately after nomination starts work on his "historical fiction" presidential memoir with "composite characters"

-- AsperGirl

BARACK OBAMA IS UPPITY

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 5, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

To adapt and paraphrase Oliver Morton: "Not every republican is a racist, but every racist is a republican." The party of Lincoln... my foot!

Posted by: Jason | September 5, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:29 AM:

Why are you interested in when and what I post? It's none of your business what business I run, or when I post or don't.
You're just aggrevated because I have touched upon some of your sore spots.

I don't care whether you're racist or not. If you are, you probably won't change at this late date.

Sure the word was "may".

I'm not out to get you or anyone else on this blog with so many racists pretending not to be. Only they know whether they are racists or not.

I don't want any religious extremism or any Theocracy, and certainly not in this country, but we are headed in that direction.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

GK has it right. He saw what I saw. Imagine two witnesses of the same events with similar impressions.

Go Obama!

Posted by: EarlC | September 5, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans have made this election a cultural referendum. Pat Buchanan said it was the only move they had left. They cannot win on the issues. A southern politician uses inflammatory terms and feigns ignorance. AMAZING!!!! Meanwhile the word Community Organizer gets used as non responsible, irrelevant, etc,etc. I grew up in Anchorage and I know about Wasilla. I've met Sue before. I can tell you from experience, she knew what she was doing and so did the Right. We need to move away from "Code" politics. If whites want African Americans to be American, then start treating them like they treat themselves. This is about arrogance, pride and class. The Americans that keep voting the same way every four years and keep complaining about their jobs are the ones that are delusional. Christianity is about being your brother's keeper not being selfish. Which party comes closest to that dream?

Posted by: Keith Singleton | September 5, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Eugene's mind:

BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK....dougnut...BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK....reverse racism?....NAH! BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK...

Posted by: dnara | September 5, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Lorna for the first hand information and seemingly honest account on Ms. Palin.
I had her pegged from the moment I heard her open her mouth!

Posted by: Christine | September 5, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

For Michael Hall:
Just because you've never heard the term used that way in your short life doesn't mean squat. I've never heard my car referred to as a horseless carriage but I am aware of the historical reference. Are you in denial, or just not that bright? Or perhaps you're just not very worldly. That latter seems probable given your obvious views.

Well then, to help you out, please take a look at this brilliant piece of SATIRE. And afterwards pick up a history book, not a dictionary. Unless, of course, you need to find out what the word satire means.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXlgXsSUra4

Posted by: HereWeGoAgain | September 5, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

A black has as much chance of being elected president as an elephant has of getting though the eye of a needle.

Posted by: candide | September 5, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Funny how the black community is now supporting the Orio Cookie. That's exactly what they call Black Republicans who run for office. Eugene Robinson is the leader of the pack when it comes to racism against White Americans. He just can't believe that Blacks can be Racist. That's pretty much what you get from Eugene. He is in the same category as the most famous race baiters in America and that being the Rev Jackson and Rev Sharpton. Illegal Hispanics are killing blacks in Los Angeles and taking jobs from them but they have been utterly silent on that issue. Now if it were whitely killing them or taking their jobs, they both would lead march's tomorrow. The race issue is now dead in the year 2008. Everyone has a ladder to climb and some have more steps then others but that is not an excuse to blame the white race for your failures. Whitey is not responsible for Black Males who can make babies but not take care of them. Whitey is not responsible for putting a crack pipe in your mouth. Whitey is not responsible when you rob a gas station to get your next $10 piece of rock. Whitey does not get special treatment when applying for College. Eugne should take care of his own people and leave us the hell alone. Where are all your Black Brother Fathers Eugene? Your Brothers leave their children to the care of their mothers and Grand Mothers. Probably happened in your own family Eugene.

Posted by: cobra2 | September 5, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

"cindy mccain...never worked a day in her life...
Posted by: john maine | September 4, 2008 9:45 PM"

What an S-HEAD you are, john maine! Not only blindly biased but supremely ignorant of the facts. You aren't worthy to lick Cindy's expensive pumps. But I'm sure you'd like to.

Posted by: wattlestomper | September 5, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

sanity wrote:

"I don't want any religious extremism or any Theocracy, and certainly not in this country, but we are headed in that direction."
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You must not have a thick skin. The country since it's been founded has been run as a White-Christian-dominated one. Has there been any National Officer that's not been?

I won't take your bait. Of course I don't care whether you work or not. Do you?

And how can I be sore? If you are working, your tax dollars are paying for my lap of luxury.

Relax, I agree with your point.

Posted by: sixty sixer | September 5, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Eugene: Look at the storm you have gotten up! Worse than Hanna and Gustav put together. If you want your uppity boy elected president don't draw attention to him and his race. White folks may be dumb enough to elect him but they don't want to be reminded that he is a n.........

Posted by: candide | September 5, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm born in raised in Maryland, and uppity to me simply means snobby, rich, better-than-you attitude.

It has NOTHING to do with race. I'm sick and tired of the Obama camp and his liberal media foot soldiers playing the race card, especially when it is such BS.

Get over race, get over the idea of race, and vote for the qualified candidate, not just the black candidate.

Eugene is more racist than anyone on the right.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

What is not being discussed in the media is what the day to day job of the Presidency entails. It entails reading, proffering and understanding legislation. Legislation that directly influences and affects how we live as Americans.

Mr. Obama graduated magna cum laude from Columbia and summa cum laude from Harvard Law School. Mr. Obama then taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago for 12 years.

I ask all those I meet to think about these particular facts. If your unaware of the summa cum laude distinction, then simply know that he is one of the most educated and academically distinguished persons to ever run for President of the United States.

And that little thing called the Constitution of the United States is what governs our lives.

Posted by: john | September 5, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I am afraid that Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.)comment about Sen. Obama is an indicator of what some Republicans will try to do during the campaign. They are afraid of the future and they've selected a team of candidates that lack the vision to lead this country in the 21st Century, so they have to attack Sen. Obama on this level. I guess when you don't have a vision, calling your opponent a 'community organizer' or 'uppity' is all you can come up with. What a pathetic, but frightening bunch!

Posted by: la Serenissima | September 5, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Y'all. I'm 55, and I lived in Greensboro, NC from the end of 1963 until mid-1970. I heard the word "uppity" countless times, almost always followed by the N-word, much more rarely by the B-word. No matter how hard anybody bloviates to the contrary, "uppity" is NEVER applied to my fellow Honko-American males. It may be theoretically possible, but in real life it doesn't happen.

Posted by: Cap'n Chucky | September 5, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Michael E. Hall of Fairfax, Virginia observed:

Well, I'm 34, born and bred in Virginia (which, last I checked, was a Southern state) and I have never, ever heard of the word "uppity" being used to "put African Americans in their place," so to speak.

Michael, I have to ask whether you have spent your entire life in boarding schools, college or studying abroad, because you certainly haven't experienced the same South that I have. Admittedly, I'm about 30 years older than you are, but if you are sincere in your statement quoted above, you've lived a pretty sheltered existence.

Posted by: John Holditch | September 5, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Thistopic always seems to fire up people, it just lets you show how far we have to go in dealing with racism, white people always say rcism does not exist and black people always say it does. so who is right? The answer is both, it has gotten less in your face, but it does exist, deny it all you want, I am multiracial but appear somewhat caucasion, and my other half is black, i live in alabam and if looks could kill we would be dead!

Posted by: Angela | September 5, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

If this country elects John McCain and Sarah Palin we will have to once and for all admit that we are a nation of war mongering racists. We have been given the clear choice of good or evil. This could well be our last chance to get it right. ASs always Eugene you have gotten to the heart od the matter.

Posted by: Betty | September 5, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

the congressman is young enough to know better

Posted by: dick cabesa | September 5, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

As a NYer now living in the south, the term uppity is not a black/white term. Cheerleaders are called uppity, doctors and rich lawyers are called uppity. If you live on a golf course or in a gated community, you are called uppity. if your kids go to a private school, you are called uppity. The victims of the democrat party need to grow up. Some DC lunatic at a left-wing newspaper doesn't need to tell us what is racist in the south. I know that my town and schools in my SOUTHERN town is much more integrated than any town I lived in on Long Island, much more than Westchester, and way more than any city in New Jersey. A child in the south is much more likely to attend school with a racial balance than an child in NY, DC, Chicago, and all of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Get your heads out of your racist butts.

Posted by: Karen | September 5, 2008 10:01 AM

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Karen, you rock!! Although I believe Westmoreland's comment was rude and had racist undertones, i agree with you about not generalizing people.

I'm a life long Dem, progressive, black and urban. I think there's plenty of blame to go around in terms of what's wrong with this country. I'm sick of self-righteous liberal elites, right wing fanatics and of whiny/quick-to-call people racist Black people.

No matter who wins the election in Nov, America isn't going to come together.

Posted by: Angry Dem Female Vtr | September 5, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Uppity is a racial term used when a fellow African-American calls another African-American uppity (out of their place). He by no means meant this in a racial manner and it makes me sick that anyone would think so. Playing the race card is just sad and does not help with progression...just sad.


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Posted by: Morons | September 5, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

What does this say about our beloved republic, that a party has the gall to attack a brilliant proven candidate who has a record of achievement in community, intellectual and sustained public service through the voice of a deceptive, strident, inexperienced, hypocrtical, ruthless young woman? The party that has attacked Clinton for her gender screams sexism when Palin is investigated for her positions. But no one in the party screams racism when Palin tears into Obama. As a senior citizen feminist, I am in despair at such blatent prejudice, such dishonest politics. That McCain and his newest woman now parrot Obama's lines on bringing change to Washington does not make them change agents but sheer duplicitous gameplayers, lacking all integrity. For McCain it is clearly country last, McCain first. His harping on his POW years is a sickening self-serving self-aggrandizement. It is the false hero first, and dangerously, for all of us, country last.

Posted by: lin | September 5, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I am saddened by such behavior. Even if he wasn't aware of its racist meaning (which I don't believe), the word's definition is in itself racist, considering how he used it. Uppity means:Taking liberties or assuming airs beyond one's station.

To tell a person they have a "place" or "station" that they need to stay is blattantly racist in this situation.

Stupid man. He is saying he didn't mean anything bad, cause he didn't know the word's meaning.

Reminds when I was a little girl and thought it was funny to rhyme names, the name was Hunt, which I replaced the H with C. My father was not amused. But I didn't know what the word meant. I was a little girl. What was this congressman's excuse?

Posted by: A. J. | September 5, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Watching the republican convention, I was shocked to see the paucity of minority representation. Although I respect senator McCain, I cannot support the republican party. They will keep America divided by race and socioeconomic status. America can and must do better.

Posted by: verycreative | September 5, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Here is a native Wasilla resident who is not afraid to speak out about Sarah Palin.

Sean-492003

ABOUT SARAH PALIN
I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child's favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.
She is enormously popular; in every way she's like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won't vote for her can't quit smiling when talking about her because she is a "babe".
It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months.
She is "pro-life". She recently gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.
She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.
She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.
Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin's kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.
Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.
She's smart.
Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents.
During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.
Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative". During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.
The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren't enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit- generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.
While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.
These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.
As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.
In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today's surplus, borrow for needs.
She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.
While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.
Sarah complained about the "old boy's club" when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State's top cop (see below).
As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla's Police Chief because he "intimidated" her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't fire her sister's ex- husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in- law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.
She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn't like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.
Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.
When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the "old boys' club" when she dramatically quit, exposing this man's ethics violations (for which he was fined).
As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the "bridge to nowhere" after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.
As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects--which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance-- but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as "anti-pork".
She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.
Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah's mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.
As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as "AGIA" that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.
Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned "as a private citizen" against a state initiative that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State's lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior's decision to list polar bears as threatened species.
McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President.
There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.
However, there's a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.
CLAIM VS FACT
*"Hockey mom": true for a few years
*"PTA mom": true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
*"NRA supporter": absolutely true
*social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconstitutional) .
*pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
*"Pro-life": mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation
*"Experienced": Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
*political maverick: not at all
*gutsy: absolutely!
*open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
*has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
*"a Greenie": no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro- drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
*fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
*pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
*pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
*pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla's history.
*pro-labor/pro- union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn't make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro- union.
WHY AM I WRITING THIS?
First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.
Secondly, I've always operated in the belief that "Bad things happen when good people stay silent". Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.
Third, I am just a housewife. I don't have a job she can bump me out of. I don't belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that's life.
Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah's attempt at censorship.
Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.
CAVEATS
I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can't recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall--they are swamped. So I can't verify my numbers.
You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my "about 5,000", up to 9,000. The day Palin's selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90's.

Posted by: Lorna | September 4, 2008 7:59 PM
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This is THE best anti-Palin post I've read! Please, PLEASE somebody copy and paste it, and post it somewhere else!

Posted by: SAGG | September 5, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

dear lorna from wasilla: bless you for the conclusive analysis of gov. palin. it is not sexism, but required, for the informed american voter to look at the experience, beliefs, capabilities and record of a potential vice presidential candidate. and gene, as to uppity, well, what can one say. as someone who has visited the hallowed ground of both gettysburg and antietam, read david mccullough's wonderful book, john adams, and lived in the south pre-civil rights, i am heartbroken; but then as said during the republican convention, the rnc is for "real americans."

Posted by: sbv | September 5, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. Substance and a plan over glamour. Why would anyone vote for increased taxes? Who creates jobs but businesses? if you tax businesses there is a disncentive to create jobs. The liberal press is so in love with Barack. Scratch the surface. Mr. Robinson have you piked out china patterns with Barack yet? Lawyers rarely if ever get elected president.

Posted by: Terpfan | September 5, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The sheer rate of responses to this article is really eye-opening, as well as the responses themselves. I think it demonstrates that we NEED to have more opportunities to discuss sensitive issues around race and ethnicity in this country. This political campaign cannot be separated from discussions of the identity issues that impact our nation. If we can't talk about our past in a real way, how can we possibly move into a future where race isn't such a volatile issue? Mr. Robinson, thank you for putting your observations out here and giving people opportunities to react and respond. If that's what is meant by "pulling the race card" then I'm all for it!

Posted by: Maria | September 5, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Did any of you happen to notice the faces in the RNC? What did you see?

Posted by: djhaza | September 5, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson - did I miss the racism article on Joe Biden's "clean" comment toward Senator Obama? You could use the same article with just the names changed . . . but that would require a unbiased column.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

To SAGG et al:

For those of you who are falling in love with Lorna's post, just remember it was written by a person scorned. May I remind everyone, her article may or may not be written by the person who says she is. There's enough of false posts these days to fill the LOC.

I suspect that those who are going to vote Dem will love this vaulted attack on Sarah. Those who are voting Rep, will not. For those of you still on the fence, just remember these posts are here to sway you & may or may not be the whole truth, or nothing but the truth.

Posted by: sixty sixer | September 5, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"Of course when Ludacris called Hillary an "irrelevant b!tch, Eugene ignored that. But now that he relentlessly shills for the fraud, he tries to pull out the old standby the race card. Eugene is just pimped out by Obama to make sure that blacks are kept in line"

um. Ludacris is a rapper. Lynn Westmoreland is a congressman. surely you understand the difference in the relevance of their statements?

Also, Michael Hall... yes, technically speaking, Virginia is a "southern state," however, Fairfax (and the rest of NoVa) is a world away from Richmond, Suffolk, Bristol, or anything south of Fredericksburg. You are no son of the south, and are clearly turning a blind eye to its history.

Posted by: RVA | September 5, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Outraged, thanks for your comments. I had to have a long and serious talk with my daughter after she got stopped by the cops for "almost running a yellow light." The officer basically just wanted to ask her what she and her other two black friends where doing in their neighborhood late at night. I should have told her the next time she gets stopped to play the uppity card and point out to the cops that she's a student at an Ivy League college and her mother's an attorney from a prestigous law school. [Oh wait, I forgot, that didn't work for Eric Holder or Denzel Washington either.]

Posted by: Stunned | September 5, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

The Left has to be willing to change if they expect this country to change. Both Parties may differ on the policies but there is no reason for the GOP to use code words, because they feel the White Race should only be in Power. The reality is America race percentages are changing. The hispanic population is blowing up.Will the GOP still try to hold on to power then? Promoting repeated fear is not what is going to help people stay in their homes or find jobs. Our country is better than this petty stuff.

Posted by: A Change Is Coming | September 5, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

FYI: Anne Kilkenny is the author of the letter posted by "Lorna" without the signature line. Google Anne Kilkenny for confirmation.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 5, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I am hard pressed to get upset by the use of the word “uppity”. I say this because there seems to be a tendency to take offense to words just because of a perception. Never mind that this perception does not accurately reflect the true meaning of the word and the failure to place the use of the word in context. I give you the example of David Howard, former head of the Office of Public Advocate under the Williams administration. In a staff meeting called to discuss financial issues he used the word "niggardly". He was immediately labeled a racist and was forced to resign. All this because people could not, did not or would not consider what the word truly meant or even take into context that it was used in a budget meeting. He was accused of using racial slurs and was even accused of using the hated n word. Never mind the fact that the word “niggardly” means miserly and was first used in 1300s and is traced to languages including Old Icelandic, Old English and Middle High German. There is no racial connotation in this word and as noted above it was in use 300 years before the first American colony was established. So just how did this word become racist? The answer in one word is “hyperbole”. The same can be said about the current issue over the use of “uppity”.

Posted by: NIMH1 | September 5, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Jason said: "To adapt and paraphrase Oliver Morton: "Not every republican is a racist, but every racist is a republican." The party of Lincoln... my foot!"

What simpleminded bulls***. I love the way old racists like Robert Byrd are given a pass for their KKK pasts by simply putting Democrat behind their name. If you love being a senator more that you hate minorities and putting Democrat behind your name is the best way to get elected and re-elected to the senate, congress, governor, dog catcher, or whatever that is what some people would do. Just put Democrat behind your name and vote the party line and your heart becomes as pure as the driven snow.

Posted by: Steve | September 5, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

While there are those posting here who seem to be incredulous or even in full denial that "uppity" might just actually be a racist code word well-known in the deep South, the simple truth is that when a white man from Georgia uses the word "uppity" to describe a black man, it has one and only one meaning. Eugene Robinson simply commented on it, it's not his fault that the Georgia Congressman claims ignorance of what he said.

There are many words/terms/phrases that have "straightforward" simple definitions in the Oxford (England) English Dictionary that have vastly different meanings in the vernacular. Indeed, many terms used by people with specific attributes and even some basic terms refer to one and only meaning...and to claim otherwise is simply naive.

When a black man refers to a white man as a "cracker", I doubt he means "a thin crisp biscuit" or even "wild or crazy" like a firecracker.

When a person calls another person who is not wearing a Thumbelina costume a "fairy", we can pretty well bet s/he means "gay" or "homosexual."

I challenge anyone to use the phrase "grassy knoll" in the presence of any American over 40 years old and not expect one and only one location in the world to come to mind.

Of course, someone here will no doubt chime in and say, "I'm American and not once in my entire life have I ever heard the phrase 'grassy knoll' to mean anything except the field behind my house, so therefore it does not now nor has it never meant anything else than my knowledge of its use."

Posted by: Patti in Dallas | September 5, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

This is in response to Michael E. Hall of Fairfax...are you sure you are southern and you have never heard the term "uppity" in reference to one's station? Were you hiding your head under a rock? When an older, white man from the south calls a black man "uppity" he means one thing and it is not presumptuous. Shame on you for even defending the statement! Even if he didn't mean to be racist, he is a public figure and ought to know better. I have more respect for him right now because at least he puts his cards on the table. Your racism is unspoken.

Posted by: Truffle Lady | September 5, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I've lived my whole life in California and even I know what the word "uppity" is used to mean ... gimme a break

Posted by: Mark In Irvine | September 5, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm a liberal northerner. In the north, everyone uses the word "uppity" to describe snobbery and arrogance, not to describe one who doesn't know their place in society. It wouldn't surprise me that many others out there (perhaps even a conservative southerner) would be as equally oblivious to the negative connotations attached to that word as I was.

If you consider the dictionary definition of the word and the context of Westmoreland's statement, the word seems to be used correctly... without any racist undertones. I would say that "uppity" was used to further elaborate on "an elitist class individual." If Westmoreland had meant it in a racist way, he probably would have recanted on the spot instead of confirming the word. However, it stands to reason that a southern Congressman probably should have known better. But the rest of us should stop assuming that all white conservatives are racists. It's an equally repulsive form of racism.

Posted by: Shannon | September 5, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Why is it racist for someone to vote against Obama but an endorsement that almost all Blacks to vote for him?

This is what is called "racism".

Posted by: Tired of Stupidity | September 5, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Uppity?

http://www.tenientemikeopinions.org/

mike t.

Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | September 5, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

As someone that grew up in the south her entire life and is a vehement supporter of Obama, I had no idea the racial connotations associated with the word "uppity". I have always used it/heard it used in the context of being better than someone else, or as being part of the snooty upper class. But in no way with a racial angle.

I have no idea what Mr. Westmoreland's intentions are, but there is a possibility it was an honest mistake...

Posted by: Southerner | September 5, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

To Eugene and guy's like him anything said about Nobama is racisim. You are one sorry chump and everyone knows it now. This won't work this time.

Posted by: mrjerbub | September 5, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Michael E. Hall

You know damn well "uppity" is very racist, and has been used that way for decades when wanting to refer to a black man or woman who they feel is getting out of their place or being above themselves.

Posted by: wstclair | September 5, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson when you continue playing the 'victim card' and 'race card' you incite and deserve criticism. Those are passive-aggresive behaviors to avoid personal responsibility. Unfortunately, passive-aggresive behaviors usually promote aggression and can escalate a situation into one that results in a self-fulfilling prophecy. If your man loses the election, you can blame 'racists' and continue being a victim. There are many uppity Americans, some are Caucasion, some are Asian, some are Latino, some are African-American. I don't feel offended or victimized if I'm refered to as 'white boy','mijo','homes' or 'dude' or when people describe me as 'cocky',or 'goofy'. I know who and what I am and am secure with my identity, lifestyle, principles and morals. Most of all we are Americans, and this is 'election' season. Cool heads see the issues more clearly. People reacting to aggression, emotional insecurities, percieved or imagined threats, slights and innuendo will probably make less heady decisons regarding real issues.
Mr. Robinson please don't waste your vote or try to influence others to waste theirs. Look at the issues and encourage others to also. Aggression, even passive is not conducive to clear thinking. Being comfortable in my own skin is being free of guilt, shame and remorse. If my candidate wins the election, it would be a hollow victory and I'd be full of guilt, shame and remorse if I influenced people through tactics like you are using in this article. You may be a victim, but only because you volunteered to be one.

Posted by: Steve C | September 5, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

You are a Race Baiting Bigot… you are of a dying breed my friend. Obama, IS arrogant and uppity. Remember "clings to guns and religion"… that was a very arrogant statement. I don't care if your Pokka-dotted… saying something such as that calls for labels like "snooty" and "uppity". Now that's a white persons analysis of him. I'm sure there are those in the black community that do think Obama sold out to the "white man"… by going to "his" schools and talking "his" talk and in doing so became an "Uncle Tom" and is now "Uppity". But that kind of thinking emanates from the black community not the other way around. Its not white people who called Colon Powell an "Uncle Tom".

Posted by: Normal Dude | September 5, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Stephen Colbert demonstrated that Congressman Westmoreland is one of the most ignorant people in this country. He admitted to being a do-nothing Congressman & after sponsoring ridiculous legislation to post the Ten Commandments, he could only accurate name one of them -- "do not kill," I think was how he phrased it.

Given Westmoreland's studied ignorance, I would buy his staff's argument that he had no idea of the connotation of "uppity" that everyone else in the nation is quite aware of. I'd give that jerk a pass and pray his constituents find somebody smarter to vote for on November 4.

Posted by: Marie Burns | September 5, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Once again, Eugene has hit it right on the head. "Uppity" is one of those loaded, code-word terms like "articulate" and "urban".

Posted by: wpreader2007 | September 5, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm amazed that Westmoreland let the mask fall, but flat out speechless that anyone is defending him. I can honestly say I've only heard two words come after the word "uppity." The both begin with the letter n. One is Negro. I won't say in a family newspaper what the other word is.

Posted by: Gus | September 5, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

As usual left wing wingnutslike Eugene Robinson have played the race card again. You can say uppity, you can't say niggardly (look it up)and if you say anything against Barrack Obama , then you are a racist. He forgets that Barracks own VP made allusions to Barracks race when he said that Barrack spoke well and was clean. Did he mean that most black men don't speak well and are dirty.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Lorna, thanks for your post. It helps me know Palin better. It didn't surprise me though. She is just a typical ultra conservative Republican. She hates tax but loves spending. Just like Bush. Bush also turned a surplus to a huge deficit.

Posted by: Sam | September 5, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

There is a new drinking game called "I Barack." The rules are simple; listen to Obama speak and take a sip every time he uses the personal pronoun "I." Depending on what you're drinking, you will be sloshed by the time he'd done.

He's a bit of a narcissist ain't he.

Posted by: Jobo | September 5, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

That Congressman Westmoreland had the unmitigated gall to refer to a sitting Senator as 'uppity' (aka uppity N) is disturbing. How about showing some respect for the Title even if you don't respect the person? I've been respecting our President for 7.5 years now. I think he has caused significant damage to the Nations credibility and to the 'fiscal conservative' principles of the GOP. But I show respect to the title if not the man.

Then again, I am a real Gentleman unlike Rev. Jesse (I'll chop his balls off) Jackson and Congressman Lynn (Uppity-N) Westmoreland.

Maybe I just expect too much from men/women who have titles that are supposed to exude linguistic decorum.

Posted by: ProfWrightBSU | September 5, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Robinson scowers the earth lookig for something to be offended about. All he came up with is one word. I want to ask each of you, "Do you waste your one and only lifetime searching desperately for something to be offended by?" Robinson leads a sad, bitter, and wasted life. I hope he can mature for his family's sake.

Posted by: Cecil | September 5, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

It still amazes me that the guy who was born into a family of admirals, who had a spot waiting for him at the Naval Academy, and who married major big bucks is the "everyday guy."

While the guy raised by a single mom who sometimes used food stamps, who sometimes lived with grandparents, who got academic scholarships, and who chose community service over Wall Street's big bucks, is the elitist.

Sorta like that the guy who couldn't bother to show up for National Guard training is the tough guy, while the Vietnam volunteer is challenged for somehow faking his service and medals.

Community work is tough work. Low pay, no staff, no real authority. You do a lot of it yourself. What you don't get is a staff to fire people who po'd your family or people dared to question your decisions. You have to be really strong to stick with community work for more than, say, six months. Obama did it for what, 4 years?

I saw a great comment yesterday: Jesus was a community organizer. Pontius Pilate was a governor. Touche!

Posted by: ItshotinPHX | September 5, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"Tax and spend liberals"
"Uppity"
"Arrogant"
"Elitist"

Sounds like the crybabies in the Republican party and their minders who tell them what to say are right on the usual message.

If you can't face the facts about the moral corruption of your own Party, just lie, whine and yell loud enough so you don't have to face the facts. Gutless, souless, mindless and unable to think on your own.

Posted by: John | September 5, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson:

It's not about race. If Colin Powell (who excelled while enjoying few of the opportunities afforded Mr. Obama) had decided to run, I believe the Republican Party would have supported him in a heartbeat.

Obama does not get my support because he is a leftist. Perhaps "uppity" is a southern word for arrogant.

Posted by: Patrick Curran | September 5, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes people do play the "race card" but not this time. This time uppity was used in a racist way. And to all those people who are saying "get over racism" "stop playing the race card" shut up. Until you have experienced racism towards you first hand just because of the color of your skin I think it is hard to understand how it feels. People shouldn't say racist things and expect to get away with them...and then when anyone says anything say "oh you're just playing the race care" This is not playing a card in a card game. This is not a game, this is racism and discrimination all brought about by ignorance and intolerance. It has to be pointed out when it happens for people (however slowly) to move on from unfortunate times in the past. I wish we could all just get along.

Posted by: It's all annoying | September 5, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh my! You've found the evidence!

This congressman will surely be kicked out of the vast honkey conspiracy for revealing the secret words of the temple that may only be utter among the brotherhood.

Posted by: In the Middle | September 5, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, I see that the Filth, George W. Bush's last 29%, has been out in force. I also see today that the fat, dumb, Christofascist, college dropout who reps a gerrymandered lily-white district in Georgia, good ol' boy Lynn "3 out of 10 Commandments ain't bad' Westmoreland, now claims he had no idea that "uppity" could have any racist connotations when he used it to slam Michelle and Barack Obama. Funny thing...he was born in Georgia in 1950, raised to young manhood there in the "segregation-now, segregation-forever" times. I was in Georgia then too, and I know that "uppity n----r" was just like all one word for the "non-elitist" white locals like this reborn Confederate private we're talking about, and a phrase that you heard a hell of a lot of. Fact is, I never heard "uppity" being used about anybody else. This "gentleman" is either a miserable liar or too idiotic to keep disgracing the Congressional Republicans, if such a thing is possible any more.

Reminds me of the white woman I saw on TV before the West Virginia Dem primary, who said "Now, I'm not racist, but we don't need a black man up in there" (meaning the White House). These people just have to all die off.

Oh, the 3-out-of-10 bit refers to Congressman Westmoreland's famous appearance on Colbert in 2006, when he proved unable to name more than 3 of them, despite sponsoring a bill that would have required their public display in the House and Senate. And this after spending his lifetime sitting in Southern Baptist churches!

Posted by: Enemy of Crime | September 5, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Michael Hall,

Fairfax is not exactly southern. And if you've never heard the story about uppity, I'd just say you've been extremely sheltered.

I lived in DC and Virginia most of my adult life. I grew up in NJ (REALLY not a souther state) and somehow I absorbed that certain words. Remember macaca? Google it with "George Allen."

Posted by: ItshotinPHX | September 5, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Lorna,

Thank you so much for your informed comments. This is the most I have EVER heard about Gov. Palin and that's ashame considering she could one day step into the office of president if something were to happen to J. McCain. It's curious to me how people have said...and continue to say they don't know enough about Barack Obama. This is code word for he's a black man who's name is funny and so there must be more to this than meets the eye.

Yet, with Gov. Palin she has been thrust into this national stage and we only have 8 more weeks to learn about her...yet I don't hear the same criticisms that voters just don't know enough about her. She actually is virtually unknown and can possibly be one footstep away from the most important office in the free world, yet I've not heard these same cries. Hmmmm....wonder why?

Posted by: Niccla | September 5, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

what does this have to do with anything?

Posted by: doughless | September 5, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Most of the racism here is coming from blacks who seem to think they are entitled to some special treatment. There is much about Obama's approach to the campaign that justifies a criticism of being uppity. Certainly, none of the virtuous Democrats waited even to give Sarah Palin a chance to speak before trying to wash her away with a fire hose of character assination. In any case, any black who expects race not to be some part of politics should forget about running for office.

Posted by: dnjake | September 5, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Come off it, people. I'm a white "Yankee," born in the 60s, and even I know that "uppity" has racial overtones exactly as described by Robinson.

P.S. to Hermann: "fat, unhealthy Georgian geezer"? Sizeism and ageism are no better than racism, you know. We can't have any hope to things getting better if we say "THIS kind of senseless discrimination is bad, but THAT kind if OK."

Posted by: JunoB | September 5, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

thank you Anne for the long, detailed information on our VP candidate. I think you were factual and fair despite your situation.

since I'm a southern white woman I think I can explain why 'uppity' is more than just a word. Used in the South by a white toward a black it is along the lines of 'boy'. It means the black, usually male, has gotten out of his 'place'. Believe this, it is not a neutral term. It is very racial.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Westmoreland uses a term that Robinson feels is racist then Robinson goes on to say "...If Republicans are going to ask that question..."

So if a black person commits a crime then following Robinson's logic all blacks are guilty.

Eugene Robinson is a pathetic racist who really needs to stop throwing stones because he may start getting a few thrown in his direction.

Posted by: sayat | September 5, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Gothic Politics of the Deep South are still alive and well. The big difference is that the power players and white race baiters are now Republicans rather than old fashioned Southern Democrats such as Talmadge, Bilbo, Eastland and Stennis among others.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 5, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Haha...let the fun and games begin.

Posted by: H. Simon | September 5, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Gothic Politics of the Deep South are still alive and well. The big difference is that the power players and white race baiters are now Republicans rather than old fashioned Southern Democrats such as Talmadge, Bilbo, Eastland and Stennis among others.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 5, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Please, won't someone write a book or a good article about the words we can and can't use? As I've already stated I'm 42 years old, a life long resident of Alabama and NEVER heard that word used to describe anyone other than a SNOB or any race. Of ALL the words I HAVE heard to describe a black person uppity isn't one of them.

Please, I beg of you.....please tell us what we can and can't say.

While I'm at it I might as well ask this question. IF 0bama wins the election, what will the black community have to say then? Who then will be "keeping them down?" Do you honestly think he can fix all the racist ills haunting our country?

And for the person who asked who's faces we saw at the RNC? I saw many faces, men, women, white men, black men, black women. All of them.

Posted by: DBS | September 5, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Uppity means exactly what Gene Robinson said, and it can be applied to women, disabled, or any class you think "shouldn't try to be better than they are."

It reflect class thinking, which you would expect from a society that used to be rich slave owners, poor whites, free blacks, and slaves; and a party that buttkisses large corporations and their type of rich (5 million or more), and gives short shrift to the "little people."

Obama's nomination night had lots of regular Americans talking about their lives and why they were voting Obama.

I saw nobody talking about why they'd vote McCain. I saw no agenda, no policy issues.

I believe the Republican party is headed towards partial or complete immolation and that it will reform around Ron Paul and more libertarian people and at long last you won't hear those idiots talking about what Rich People want as though they were the only people in America.


Posted by: Uppity Disabled Person Here | September 5, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I think this posting and its subsequent comments are indicative of exactly what is wrong in America.

For the record, I am a 40 year-old Texan, and I do not particularly care for either candidate. I, too, was unaware that the term “uppity” carried a racial connotation; but, I do find its use to be incredibly sanctimonious. At the same time, assuming my interpretation was the intended meaning is a bit presumptuous, so I will resign my self to simply not using the term.

Granted, the article was an opinion about something one person stated, but I think Mr. Robinson paints with too broad of a brush. Do I think he is a racist? I cannot say; I do not know him. I do believe, however, that some people are predisposed too seeing things through a racial overtone. In any event, I am disappointed by his choice of topic .

Perhaps more disappointing, though, were the comments. After reading the vast majority of them, I was very dismayed to find little substance. That is, I really did not find a comment that swayed my opinion one way or another. What I did find is: a fair amount of racism, numerous agendas, partisan rhetoric, unsubstantiated claims, countless insults, some overt aggression, sexism, and a lot of assumptions.

This is exactly what is wrong with the political process. Why are we focusing on what a single person said instead of dealing with the real issues? Likewise, I hear both candidates speak a lot without saying much. It pains me to think about how many votes will be cast because of skin color, gender, party-line, or any other ancillary datum.

Will we ever get to a point where we elect someone based solely on what they can and will do for the American public? I can only hope.

Posted by: Pete | September 5, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Robinson is smoking crack....yet again!

Posted by: WhoCares | September 5, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, I appreciate your remarks on matters relating to race, and the fact that you often understate the problems we humans create for each other. I remain confounded, even in my 50's, how so many of us remain openly biggoted, but defensive of our own prejudices, as though we all were "cured" of this virus with the Civil War, the civil rights era, or some other event in our history. I am convinced racism is like sin, something we have to guard against day in and day out.

Posted by: jackson25 | September 5, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Come on people. For crying out loud, is there any word remaining that can't somehow be classified as racial? Grow up and think before you get offended. Perhaps this is a news flash but uppity does have a real meaning that has nothing to do with race. So did the congressman mean "affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish" (direct from dictionary.com) or was he making a racial insult. I thought it obvious it was the former, but perhaps someone can explain the context in which we should know it was intended as a racial slur.

Whether it's Kelly Tilghman using the word "lynch" or the various people who have recently used the phrase "tar baby" (which, btw, didn't seem to bother you PC Democrats nearly as much when one of your own, John Kerry, used it.. why's that, you suppose?) I've never seen so many people so eager to provoke racial discourse.

I'll be the first to berate someone for racially insulting others; I think there's no place for that in today's society. But please, at least think first before you condemn. We've got far too many real problems to deal with, we don't need to create problems where none existed.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I love it when the post runs out of negitve things to say they use the Race/ Sex card..hahahaha Doesn't it make the Post slightly in the tank for Obama when they have to use HC and the race card... The Post hates ordniary people... Go ahead post use the race-card, the paper already looks petty enough, and liberal enough to get a good laugh at.. But they love the race card and flag burner's...

Posted by: Dubs | September 5, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Westmoreland just bumped Obama's share of the black vote from 98 percent to 99.44 percent (everyone except the 36 fools at the GOP convention).

Posted by: Spectator2 | September 5, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

While I do agree that Lynn Westmoreland must know the baggage that the word "uppity" drags with it, I also have to say that "uppity" is used in many other ways (i.e., against women in particular, of any hue). Also, "uppity" is becoming more of an archaic term now - today's 20 and 30-somethings just don't have the same emotional feelings about the word that we "older" folks do

Posted by: Anon | September 5, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Eugene,

God bless you. Your articles are a really refreshing dose of reality in the midst of campaign season. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Chris Stewart | September 5, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes I think Eugene Robinson would be delighted if a pointy headed white uniform were discovered in the closets of every white American. That's his narrow view of the world. Is he any less racist than Rep. Westmoreland?

Posted by: rmpatera | September 5, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Darn Tootin' the GOP is racist and has been since 1964 when it went with the Southern strategy to capitalize on the southern white backlash against civil rights legislation. That proud tradition has been carried on ever since by the GOP and every Republican administration (by some more blatantly by others), and that is true despite the tokenism represented by the likes of Colin Powell, Clarence Thomas and Condi Rice who they've appointed as window dressing. (Powell seemed fairly competent except in Iraq. Condi has been overmatched most of the time. The less said about Thomas, the better.)

And did you see those GOP delegates on the floor this week -- how white was that! You could hardly blame member of any minority group if they felt out of place in that crowd. And to those proud Southerners who say they were unaware of the racists connotations of "uppity," well you just have to get out of the house more frequently.

Posted by: savage64 | September 5, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I think the word "uppity" used to describe Obama is fairly accurate:

"affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish."

Truth be told, it is the way people in the academia environment appear to non-academians. Even academians don't like each other for this reason.

Please, get over the race argument....he's uppity because he appears full of himself (and not in a good way).

Posted by: Here we go again..... | September 5, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson --

This is almost as entertaining as a "food fight" over doctrine between religious fundamentalists.

"Food fights" between religious fundamentalists are the best free entertainment in the world except when the Texas legislature is in session.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: observer | September 5, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Good opportunity for McCain and other Republicans to denounce the comment.


Posted by: Mr. Unite Us | September 5, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Just how does one go about keeping secret the fact that they're 7 months pregnant? A woman typically starts showing about 5 months. If she cares at all about her unborn child , she's seeing a doctor regularly (at least once a month) during the pregnancy and taking supplements.

So her husband didn't notice? Her staff or secretary didn't notice she's seeing the doctor every 4 weeks? No one at the doctor's office noticed the Governor was seeing a "baby doctor?" Pah-leese.

Posted by: Steve A | September 5, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Eugene-
I'm also a Southerner, like so many other 'poster's, and I also remember 'white' and 'colored' drinking fountains. I also remember hearing the word "uppity" a lot-- and I DON"T remember ever hearing it applied to a white person.
I'm sure that Rep. Westmoreland is certain that he doesn't have a racist bone in his body--- why, some of his best friends are n... blacks. Actually, his problem is stupidity-- check out his performance on Steven Colbert's show, when he trumpeted his proposal for posting the Ten Commandments in courthouses. Asked by Colbert to actually NAME the Ten Commandments, he managed only three, then had to admit he didn't know the others.
The racism that hurts us the most today is resentment by whites who think all racial discrimination ended in the sixties, and that blacks who notice any today are just whiners. Black folks who scream "racism!" at minor slights devalue a very real criticism of a very real problem.
Westmoreland was so clueless that he muffed an easy chance to apologize or claim that he 'misspoke', which would have defused this. Obama's reaction was dead-on.
Let's not forget the guy backing a man with eight houses is calling somebody with only one an 'elitist.' You know, after the past 7 years, I really WANT the President to be smarter than I am, smarter than the people who post on blogs, even smarter than Eugene Robinson (sorry, ER.)
John McCain can buy me a beer anytime, and I'll happily buy a round too. But that's no reason to give him the most important job in the world.

Posted by: StanOfTheSawgrass | September 5, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to you Eugene for this column. I appreciate how you see beneath the facade of McCain and Palin. Keep up your excellent writing.

Thx to Lorna for her comments about Palin's real credentials and experience. Her convention speech came across as arrogant and smug as the self-righteous right champion who singlehandedly first purged her hometown as mayor and her entire state as gov.

Posted by: David | September 5, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to you Eugene for this column. I appreciate how you see beneath the facade of McCain and Palin. Keep up your excellent writing.

Thx to Lorna for her comments about Palin's real credentials and experience. Her convention speech came across as arrogant and smug as the self-righteous right champion who singlehandedly first purged her hometown as mayor and her entire state as gov.

Posted by: David | September 5, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Eugene,

The word "uppity" just means arrogant...I'd say that fits pretty well. It is only the likes of you that take every word spoken and attempt to put a racial spin on it. Hearing someone call Barack uppity to me would only mean that they were calling him snobbish, period. But I guess daring to be born with white skin somehow makes me a racist by definition.

I don't like Barack Obama. I don't like him because he wishes to redistribute wealth through taxation...Because he wants to grow government so that they can take care of us...Because he is a left wing liberal to the core. I'm not rich, but I'm not ready to give what money I do earn to the government and have them give back to me what they feel I need. I'm not overly happy with the way the Republicans have come to the center over the last several years, spending money like drunken democrats (No offense Ted, he's still white, right?), but to turn this country over to at best a socialist and at worst a communist is something I'm not ready to do. I have zero issue with the color of Barack's skin, it's all about his plans for the country. When are the poor in this country going to wake up and realize that the Democratic party has been using you for years and has no intention of ever actually making things better for you? Why would they, if you rise up out of poverty they may lose their hold on you.

PS: Eugene, could you please provide a list of words that us racist white folk aren't allowed to use when referring to those who are not white. And at what point do you become white and or not white? Does being a liberal of European descent earn you exemption? If a non European becomes a conservative does that then by definition make them white? Any help you could give will be greatly appreciated. Gotta love the old race card!

Posted by: pleaseprovidealist | September 5, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

@savage64

How well do you know Colin Powell? I only ask because you took it upon yourself to completely discount his beliefs, intelligence, and values by calling him a token. I find that action to be both contemptible and overtly racist.

Of course, I'm sure your resume is such that he would defer to your learned opinion.

Posted by: Pete | September 5, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Whites never like intelligent blacks. I have even experienced it in elementary school. They call it being competitive. I call it jealousy. I see it all over again with Obama. The black man is out shining the white man so people are mad.

Lets face it many will not vote for Obama because he is black but hide behind statements like "I don't know who he is". Sarah Palin makes one lousy speech and you do not hear none of the same white people walking around saying they don't know who she is now. Race has and will always be part of this election. PLEASE STOP LYING TO YOURSELVES!!!!!

Posted by: Dimplesmile | September 5, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey Michael Hall from Fairfax,

I'm 34, white, born and bred in Virginia (Norfolk...you know, the actual southern part of the state) and I knew EXACTLY what Westmoreland meant when he used the word "uppity." That word has been used by racist idiots for a lot longer than you and I have been alive to describe any blacks who have dared to go to college, get jobs, join the middle class, etc.

Even the reporter in this case knew what it meant, since he gave Westmoreland a chance to take it back. Dictionary definitions are irrelevant here, though here's one you may want to look up anyway: "context." Or try reading some Southern literature instead.

Though it was rather "uppity" of you to give us all a lecture on what YOU think the word means.

And I think Dana Milbank had a bad copy editor. The word he meant to use was probably "presumptive." Go look that one up, it's got an entirely different meaning.

If ever there has been an example of overt racism in this entire ugly campaign, this was it. I hope more people call Westmoreland out on it.

Posted by: Gary | September 5, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@dimplesmile

Your comment is completely asinine. When you use blanket terms and make blanket statements, you only discredit yourself.

Of course, that would be one way to justify a person's own rasict views. Hmmm...

Posted by: Pete | September 5, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Westmoreland,

I am a caucasian American, born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and currently residing in New York City. I have worked with, befriended, and even dated African Americans and others of many varied cultures in addition to my own throughout my life and do not believe myself to have rascist tendencies at all.

While I generally really enjoy your commentary here in the Washington Post, I was a bit surprised by the content of this article. Firstly, I have heard the term "uppity" used all of my life and even used it myself occassionally. It has always meant "taking liberties" or "being presumptuous" to me and has never had a racial overtone applied. Frankly, from the sound of the word, I thought it might be a relic of old-English, which was confirmed to me by the Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper, that indicated the meaning of the word to be an early American variant first recorded 1734 of the British word "uppish", which originally meant "lavish", "conceited" or "arrogant".

The Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006, which defines the modern meaning of words used in American standard English, defines the term uppity as: "affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish" or "rebelliously self-assertive; not inclined to be tractable or deferential". No racial overtones there either.

Back to the entemology of the word, to which I think you are referring. The same Online Etymology Dictionary referenced above indicated that in the Antebellum period, blacks originally used the term to occassionally describe of other blacks that were perceived to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in "Uncle Remus" in 1880). Is it rascist if it is a term used by blacks to describe each other? Apparently the use of this term among blacks largely died-out after the Antebellum, so doesn't the modern definition provide the most accurate current context for the use of this word?

Regardless, I think there's enough meaningful evidence to allow for more than reasonable doubt that Rep. Lynn Westmoreland's use of the term "uppity" and refusal to take it back when questioned about it, are not necessarily a reflection of deep-seeded racial hatred in reference to Barak Obama, who I think we all agree is a pretty remarkable man (even if I am not inclined to give him my vote versus John McCain). If the Representative believes Obama to be "uppity", then so be it. It is certainly no more racist than the recognition of Obama's "eloquence" as a public speaker, because the English dictionary and our modern language no more support a racial connotation of that word than it does for "uppity".

With all the true racism in this world, and the massive harm it causes, I think it best to focus on issues of race that really matter, rather than a lesson in semantics used to stir emotions.

All the best,

Chris

SOURCES:
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper
http://www.etymonline.com

Dictionary.com (cross-reference to The Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006)
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/uppity

Posted by: Chris | September 5, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The term "uppity" to my knowledge has always been used in a derogatory manner: Uppity young thing, uppity "boy," uppity Black, and so much more…! I also think when used, rarely, for a White it is used as a slur (by those using it) as being "Black". Sort of makes me sick, and I'm an old white babe (Not to be confused with the old white dude please.) Perhaps prejudice is as prejudice does. How ashamed I am of the Representative from Georgia. This is NOT what the United States should be about.

On another point, just got this e-mail regarding my question about Ms. Palin from a friend who works in Alaska and lives in the lower 48 during off seasons. "I know that she is anti labor. She has not been a friend to the ferry system and seems to me to be Murkowski in a better looking package. As far as family values goes, maybe if she had been around for her kid when she needed her there wouldn't be this surprise in the oven. I think she will be the worst thing that could happen with the Repubs."

Posted by: Scotty | September 5, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

When I was in high school almost 20 years ago, the term "uppity" was universally used to refer to a person who was acting like a snob. It was never used in a racial context.

Posted by: NASC | September 5, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

All too predictable. A white person says something racist. A black person shall doth protest the racist comment. Most people of all backgrounds agree that the racist comment was stupid. Staunch Republicans blinded by party affiliation cry "race card". Racists,here is a simple equation: no racist comment = no backlash. Adhere to that and there should be no further issues.

Posted by: Cap | September 5, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

All you liars can say what you want, but "uppity" directed to in reference person of color is racist and the people who use the word know it full well.
Racists, Republican liars will never win.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? I have never read a more racial oriented article yet, however it is racism on behalf of this writer, and a fine example of reverse racism. Uppity? So I guess when I call an upper class person who happens to be white Uppity I am being racial? Or does this only apply to African Americans. The true definition of Uppity is "affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish. "
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/uppity

Nowhere does the dictionary say that when applied to an African American the term is derogatory and racist.
I grew up in Maryland. I lived in a middle class area of Fort Washington in Prince George's County that bordered upper class individuals.
We called these individuals uppity all the time no matter their race.
To imply that a word meaning snobbish is a racial term is hypocrisy and explains why you are only an opinion writer versus an actual reporter.

This writer is a prime example of why racism is alive today. A true example of pulling the race card when it has no place or bearing and only continues to create more derision amongst all races.

Posted by: Heather | September 5, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Scotty: She could well be the worse thing to happen to this whole nation. Not a tall order after what we've been through with Bush. I'm not saying she would be bad if elected and McCain dies (or is no longer physically able to serve). I'm saying she is a great unknown, and such an unknown, unvetted person should not be given the opportunity to be President.

Can you imagine the rookie from Alaska standing tough against Russia's Putin, or Korea's Kim Jong Il, or China's Hu Jintao after that trash talk McCain just popped off last night during his speech?

What is wrong with him? Why provoke another Cold War?

Also, Russia has oil. Don't we want some? Why make enemies with people who have something you want?

Posted by: ProfWrightBSU | September 5, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Aren't we sensitive. I guess I need to get an entire list of the words that the writer, in all his self rightousness, says are racist directly or indirectly. Is calling out white people as such racist? Has the writer called out the bigotry towards Palin that he and the other eastern elite ( these are those who believe of their superior education and wisdom anoints them to know what is best for us ), has attacked her with? Just take all the anti-Palin and anti-Christian hate speech coming out of the liberal and progressive (radical left) Democrats, media, Hollywood and bloggers and replace Palin with Obama or African Americans and these same person would be screaming Bigots! Racist! Homophobes! Double Standard?

Duh!

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 5, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain in 2008

Posted by: Gary | September 5, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Heather: Do you mind me asking how old you are? To be from Fort Washington and use the term 'uppity' instead of 'bougie' (slang for bourgeoisie) doesn't seem right to me.

When you said Fort Washington did you mean Accokeek? Waldorf? Pomonkey maybe?

Unless you are in your 60's your vernacular is wrong for the Fort Washington / Oxon Hill area.

Posted by: ProfWrightBSU | September 5, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

HEATHER:

Whether you know it or not, your message is a bunch of ----.

We're talking here about a Georgia man's statement. I used to live in Georgia and I'm white. And I'm in my sixties, and have witnessed live the derision and hatred this country THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA bestows on blacks, Jews, Homosexuals or anyone else "THEY" do not believe fits their mold.

Don't play with us here. I'm not saying you personally understand the meaning, but I and millions of others, white, black, hispanic, asian do.

There is no question about it, and as a caucasian, I know 110% that the word "uppity" is derogatory when used in relation to a person of color.

Once again, don't play with it.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

So if I like to smell myself, then I am uppity??

Ya'll lost me, but I think Gene got this one right.

Posted by: Dave from ME | September 5, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I love you, Gene...in print and on MSNBC, too. Republicans continually use race and say racist things in their on-going campaign of 'fear and smear' to win at all costs. When did mediocrity become the vaunted value? I thought that went out with the failed nomination of G. Harrold Carswell about 40 years ago! But I am scared out of my mind that Sarah Palin -- mindless, mediocre, ignorant -- will somehow win in November. Anti-science, anti-abortion, anti-sex education, anti-intellectual...anti-everything. McCain is shameless. I've just sent another $500 in the last week to Obams.

Posted by: farnor | September 5, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

rljmsilver:
Do you know Palin personally? I don't. Until McCain announced her, I'd never heard of her. So forgive me for wanting for her feet to be held to the fire so I can see if she's made of wood or gold. To put it in terms that your super-Christian self can understand: To separate the wheat from the chaff.

Oh, and how Christian of you (judge not lest ye be judged in like manner) to decide that people who vote democrat aren't Christian.

McCain has been divorced. The Bible says that God hates divorce. Obama is still with his first wife.

McCain's life and inheritance is in the distribution of Alcohol. The Bible says not to take strong drink. Yet the jet that McCain flies in is funded by the wallets of alcoholics. Is that Christian?

Stick to the issues so you don't look so silly.

Posted by: ProfWrightBSU | September 5, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

OK. I have never heard the term uppity used in any but a derogatory manner. But, just for the sake of argument, say this guy just had no idea that it had racial overtones. I frankly find that hard to believe. But what I do believe is that people who are fundamentally racist are often shocked to find that things that they feel and say others take issue with. The term itself, even using the dictionary definition, means that the person to whom you are referring is attempting act above their station. How are the Obamas in any way acting above their station? They have both worked hard, overcome much and succeeded in this world. And both would seem not to have forgotten from where they came and have done much to help others do the same.

Sorry. Frankly, there is no reason for Rep. Westmoreland to describe them as uppity except for their race. They are in no way "acting above their station" unless you, inherently, feel that someone of color should not be acting as if they are worthy of an important position. Please, if it isn't a racist comment, someone tell me in what way the Obamas are being uppity.

Posted by: Slaughlin | September 5, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

rljmsilver:

We don't hate you or yours, and I pity you.
You are so hateful, you feel so "forgotten and left out". You feel so lost.

Don't forget your current Republican President and Vice-President are "Eastern elite", which is just one of the current catchy phrases the RNC pumps out.

Bush is from New Haven, Connecticut and Yale and Harvard.
Obama is from Harvard.

Palin is a jerk. She has a lousy education and the rest of the workd is mocking her and the United States thanks to people like you and her. And I don't give a s--- if she's a woman or not, feminist!

I'm fine with a woman, the right woman who is educated and has the right experience.
You are too gender-based.

The religious right is one screwed-up group of flakes that doesn't deserve the time of day. The stupid Republican party lent them legitimacy no oone else would afford them just to buy their votes.

So chew on that for awhile. You should reexamine yourself and your mind to find out where you stand and what kind of a person you really are in relation to the rest of humanity, whom some day YOU will have to relate to.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Reading some of these comments about Palin, I thought I would contribute a tidbit.

I looked up Alaska and chose a reference on Wikipedia.

Today, I noticed that it is closed to revisions until October. Makes you wonder.

Anyway, the piece begins with a claim that the state is the 6th richest state per capita.

In segement devoted to taxation it had the following entry.

"To finance state government operations, Alaska depends primarily on petroleum revenues and federal subsidies."

The sixth riches state on the dole? It's been controlled by Repugnicans for decades.

Posted by: Jerry | September 5, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, "uppity" is a derogatory comment. No one has ever disputed that. But when I’ve used the term it was always meant to mean someone who thought they were better than everyone else; the snobby rich, the gated community type. I never even knew there was a racial interpretation to it. But guess what - should I encounter a rich black person who acts as if they are better than me, I would still call them uppity and it would have absolutely nothing to do with the color of their skin.

What troubles me is the black community constantly crying racial slur when the word/phrase used has non-racial interpretations and it’s obvious that within the context of its usage, racial slur was not intended.

Take your pick; uppity, lynch, tar baby. If a white uses the word/phrase it is automatically deemed a racial slur. This is a deliberate attempt to escalate racial/political divide and all it can do is create more problems for everyone. The only time it’s acceptable is if you’re a Democrat, like John Kerry, in which case you can use a phrase like ‘tar baby’ and no one will complain. Can you say disingenuous?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Heather,

I don’t your background or what planet you are from, but if you knew you history, you would know that not to long ago that if a black person was considered ‘uppity’ that person could be lynched. If not killed he could have his home burned to the ground or other horrible thing done to him or his family. This is not a word that should be played with. The man who used this word knew just what he was saying.
He feels that this black man does not know his place and has no right to run for the Office of President just because of his race. Robinson the playing the race card but he is stating a simple, historic fact about the word.

Posted by: TbSlone | September 5, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Stanofthesawgrass, you hit it on the head. I want someone in office that I can look up to. And I definitely don't want anyone who's family has just as much, if not more drama than mine, i.e. baby daddy drama, hidden suspicious pregnancies, abusive brother-in-laws, lies, etc. When I first heard about Sarah Palin, my first reaction was "well damn, I'm just as qualified as she is." If the Republicans had chosen a woman that people could look up to, I think people would have reacted a lot differently.

Posted by: Stunned | September 5, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the puppet of the large oil industry...They are not going to make all of the billions they expected from Iraq!
So now Bush and his friends will just drain the oil and gas from Alaska and make the billions there...No difference...
She is nieve to think they love her... Bush's speach writer did the tinker tape read that she did on stage!
It was more of the last 8 years...Drain jobs and fortunes from this country in the name of big oil, big lobbies,(eg; Hunt Oil who is donating millions toward the Bush library in Texas, etc.), big fortune 500 companies, companies moved to China, etc. to get out of USA taxes, big politicians taking lobby money (eg; read Israel and the US Lobby).
WE NEED TO KEEP JOBS AND MONEY IN THE USA NOT SEND IT TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES WHEN THE USA DOES NOT HAVE EDUCATION, MEDICAL COVERAGE, AND ARE BEING PUT OUT OF THEIR HOMES AND JOBS BY COMPANIES THEY TRUSTED!
We need Obama for a change not more of the same with McCain. Palin is McCain and Big Oil's cheerleader. She is not for women's rights to choose books in a library or abortion for even rape or incest victims!!!
VOTE OBAMA OR GET MORE OF BIG OIL AND BUSH

Posted by: DEB-Z | September 5, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

It's funny, but I grew up in a town that voted 90 percent Democrat for decades. They were also the most shameless racists I have ever met on the planet earth. I am not saying the Democrats are racists, but that racists are racists, and it does not necessarily have anything to do with political views.

Posted by: bkp | September 5, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"ProfWrightBSU" and "sanity"

I guess if the shoe fits, you ought to wear it. It appears to be a perfect fit for you two. Also one would also say, unless it is only another racist term, "you are both the pot calling the kettle black". A little out of control?

"Sanity" is obviously using an oxymoron for his/her blogger name.

I am very comfortable having received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from well respected non "elitist eastern universities". I am also very comfortable and proud of all of us who have achived something in the real world.

As to "Prof.Wright/BSU", "those that can do, those that cannot teach".

Palin is bright and articulate. Like most Americans, me included, we work in the real world and have to make tough choices in management positons in both the public and private sectors every day.

No one including the progressive (radical leftists) and liberal bloggers,university professors,the media and the Democrats, have a corner on the market for what is offensive and not offensive. Both of you have no problem going ballistic and on the attack when someone disagrees with you. How dare we?

One other correction. Neither of you are fine with ANY minority or woman ( maybe even the white folk)who does not follow your far left mantra hook, line and sinker. Unfortunately you are the bigots against most of the values of the vast majority of Americans. "If we were not so stupid we would eith follow you blindly or become enlightened as you define it."

While I am registered an indendent, it is clear that the Republican ticket wants to change how politics are conducted in Wsahington DC. The Democrats want to use the politics of Washington DC to change the values of Americans.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The definition of uppity is as followed -

–adjective Informal.
1. affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.
2. rebelliously self-assertive; not inclined to be tractable or deferential.

This is just another case of a (insert racial slur here) trying to make a big deal out of something that isn't. What a joke...

Posted by: Obama is uppity | September 5, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Gene...gene..gene...another " race baiting " article. Why can't you stick with legitimate issues vs the MSM " Countdown " pal jibberish. Gee..on palin..can she juggle being a mom to 5 and vp? Next time you see Keith..ask him why he hasn't had one dissenting guest on his program for 5 years? Just one? He debates himself every night! And him anchoring MSNBC's election coverage? He's too partisan for your PANEL yet an ANCHOR! Huntley and Brinkley and my fav - Russert are doing back flips.

One thing Obama and Palin have shown to all is which lever most reporters pull when voting. Report news - not starting with an obvious bias and then look for facts to support them.

Just yearning for the old days when bias wasn't as in your face.

A test..only works if you forget Hillary ran in 08’! No Hillary.

Four days ago Barack Obama surprises everyone and selects a little known female Governor from a western state as VP.

She is 44 years old, a former soccer mom with one child…….husband is a tenured professor.

Susan was the Mayor of a small town ( 12,000 ) before becoming governor 18 months ago. She is strongly Pro Choice and was, until 2006… on the Board of Directors of NARAL.

Last night the Obama campaign, answering some crazed blogger rumors, said her 17 yo daughter Tiffany had an abortion earlier this year.

The family stood by her decision saying it was a personal family issue. Please respect their daughter’s privacy.

OK….QUESTION

How would you the MSM report this hypothetical? Like you/they treated Palin?
If you have to think before you answer – lay off the Countdown Lefty Koolaid!!!


Good night and Good Luck!

Peter

Posted by: Peter Boughton | September 5, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Will the Obama supporter who keeps posting that ridiculous crap about Sarah Palin shut up? I know you're a shill for Obama. I too lived in Wasilla and no much more about the people than you can imagine.

Posted by: Adrian | September 5, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous:

This is "sanity" calling.

All of you racist, bigoted, hateful religious right Republicans have absolutely no right to claim we slam you.

You moron, I am a VietNam veteran. What war did you serve in?

I am also a graduate of the Univeristy of Missouri. Guess what, not an elitist eastern university. I also have other technical studies, but I'm not bothered by the fact that I did not attend Harvard or Yale.

Your President did however, good ole G.W. Bush, and good old boy Donald Rumsfield is a Princeton Grad!
Neither one of them gives two s**** about you and yours.

So get over it. Get real. The Republican party won't do a thing for you and yours regardless of how hard you work or how hard you try. Try facing the facts.

Palin is an undisciplined idiot, she is not bright and articulate. She can give a speech, big deal! Look at her educational background and her work experience, both of which are pathetic. And she is a religious right fanatic bible-thumper who has no business in government unless you prefer living in a Theocracy as do the people in Iran.

McCain is another story. He is a good war hero, no doubt, but far too old to be taking on the responsibilities of the Presidency. He is also undisciplined as is exemplified by his personal history.

Don't listen to me, vote you way along with others who are so foolish to think that we will be better off in the future.

When the religious right and the Neocons are finished with you and this country, you will think you are in the jail cell Mccain spent over five years in in Hanoi.


Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Hi everyone,

I'm intrigued by the debate and commentary here in the comments over the (historical) meaning of the word "uppity."

For a great book on implicit and explicit racial language in political campaigns, see Tali Mendelberg's "Race Card" ... it's extremely relevant to our current election.

As for the term "uppity" - it has it's roots in the deep South states (the Dixiecrat states - see the election of 1948 and Strom Thurmond). Uppity was way of describing African Americans who had climbed too high on the educational, economic, social, and political ladder. Gunner Myrdal(An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem in Modern Democracy, 1944) documents the history of the word and it's usage. As the NAACP documented it's anti-lynching bill, as did Ida B. Wells in her book "On Lynching," uppity (or elite, which was another code word often used in the early 20th century), describing someone as "uppity" was justification for lynching, as a means of showing African Americans their role in a Jim Crow segregated South. As lynching declined, the term uppity has retained the same connotation.

So yes, the word uppity has racially implicit overtones.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"Uppity" is an adjective to describe someone who is presumptuously arrogant or snobbish. As applied to Senator Obama, it must smack of racism. Sooner or later, the land of political correctness won't know where it's line of demarcation begins or ends.

It's ridiculous that you get paid to race-bait and intentionally find away to give words a different context. The same thing happened to Trent Lott.

How desperate you liberals get. Please don't take "you liberals" out of context as I was referring to liberals as a whole and not minorities who happen to be liberal. Can't believe I even have to explain that!

Posted by: You must be kidding | September 5, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Eugene should also mention how Biden refered to Obama as "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy", that will be fair reporting.

Posted by: rbas1 | September 5, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama is over.

Posted by: vip1 | September 5, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Dear You must be kidding :

Definitionally, you may be correct, however, from a looser somewhat "southern slang" perspective, you definately are not correct.

I live in the South. But even as a boy up North, I learned years ago that "uppity" in relation to a black person (as we referred to African-Americans back then)
was the first word of the phrase that has been well-known and well-documented for many years :

"uppity n***** "

Now, you don't have to take my word for it. After all I'm just an old white guy who has witnessed all of that old crap for years.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

rbas1:
That's been reported all over the place before now. Only bigots would reiterate it now.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

RObinson and his prostitute media pals used a ton of sexist and racist cards to drown out CLinton in the primaries. Now this pimp is at it again, trying to the race mongering bait to smear McCain.

In the last 8 months, more racist and sexist crap came out of the pens of Robinson, Dowd, Rich, Colby, Dionne, and their ilk, than anything we have seen in the past 10 year. These pieces of trash writers are a class unto themselves.

So, Robinson's crying race wolf has zero credibility with any one other than a Nobama groupie gutter rat.

Posted by: intcamd1 | September 5, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Words of wisdom from yet another bigoted racist Republican.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"The word “uppity” has long been used by whites as a derisive term for successful African-Americans. “It's code for, ‘he ought to stay in his place,’” said former White House consultant David Gergen, as quoted in The Hill. “Everybody gets that who is from a Southern background.”"

(Gergen is a former political consultant and presidential advisor during the administrations of Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton).

http://www.beyondchron.org/articles/Georgia_Congressman_Calls_Obama_Uppity__6059.html

Also, it seems like some of this stems from Westmoreland's history with regard to civil rights:

"Westmoreland... has drawn criticism from civil rights advocates on a number of issues, including last year when he led opposition to renewing the 1965 Voting Rights Act and was one of two House members who opposed more funding for cracking unsolved civil rights killings."

http://www.macon.com/149/story/455062.html

Posted by: Information | September 5, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked at the lack of public outrage and media scrutiny over one of Rudy Giuliani’s statements concerning "Islamic Terrorism" at this week’s convention:

I imagine they believe it is politically incorrect to say it. I think they believe they will insult someone. Please tell me, who they are insulting if they say, “Islamic terrorism.” They are insulting terrorists!

Giuliani has just claimed that Islam is such an embarrassment as a religion that even terrorists would not want to be affiliated with it. How can we claim to be even a remotely tolerant society when 10,000 people in a convention applaud such a statement?

Posted by: Aaron Sacks | September 5, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

sanity,

I guess with your rationale then Biden is a bigot. I would like just to know how consistent you are in your thoughts or if your comments are coming from just a passionate surrogate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Overall I think we have made tremendous progress where race relations are concerned. I am the product of an interracial marriage and I am now in an interracial marriage myself with kids. My husband and I openly discuss race and I marvel at how differently we see the issue. Even as married people we disagree. But at the end of the day there is love and respect.
I think the reality is that there are a couple of pretty ignorant people out there and they all seem to talk the loudest so we tend to hear from them the most. I think the average American can get past the color and gender divide. Don't let the ignorant few bring the rest of us down. We've made tremendous progress and there is still work to be done.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, where I come from (ie: rural southern md), the term was used for folks who were no better than anyone else, but acted that way; white or black. That, my friend, is just plain english. I don't use the term myself, because it is a little old, but that is the way folks spoke when I was growing up. So get over the race slur nonsense.

Posted by: dave | September 5, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, where I come from (ie: rural southern md), the term was used for folks who were no better than anyone else, but acted that way; white or black. That, my friend, is just plain english. I don't use the term myself, because it is a little old, but that is the way folks spoke when I was growing up. So get over the race slur nonsense.

Posted by: dave | September 5, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

ProfWrightBSU: “Do you mind me asking how old you are? To be from Fort Washington and use the term 'uppity' instead of 'bougie' (slang for bourgeoisie) doesn't seem right to me.” I am 31 and lived in Ft Washington for 22 years. I went to Elementary, Middle and High School in Prince George’s County. I have never heard the term bougie.
“When you said Fort Washington did you mean Accokeek? Waldorf? Pomonkey maybe?”
Obviously you are not from Ft Wash otherwise you would know that Waldorf is 20 miles from Ft Washington and in Charles County. Accokeek is about 5 miles from Fort Washington. And Pomonkey, never heard of it. I know Ft Washington, you on the other hand I have to question since you didn’t know that Accokeek and Waldorf are 2 completely different areas and one is in a different county. Good try though.
“Unless you are in your 60's your vernacular is wrong for the Fort Washington / Oxon Hill area.”
Nope I am not in my 60’s, but you also know nothing about the Ft Washington area. And if you did know, then you would also know that Tantallon is in Ft Washington, and when I was growing up, was one of the richest areas in Prince George’s County. The people that lived there, majority were white, were uppity and this was a term that was commonly used.
So was I racist for calling white people uppity? Or does it only apply to African Americans. And if it only applies to African Americans, isn’t that double standards?

Posted by: Heather | September 5, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, you are absolutely spot on in this article. I'm a middle-aged woman from Kentucky and we all know what 'uppity' means. I've said all along that a major reason Obama doesn't have a bigger lead is that he's black. I'm sure there are other reasons as well but I know many people who will not vote for a black man. He's got my vote though.

Posted by: Reboot | September 5, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

That is the problem Kia(if you really are black) you and other young folks need to learn your history, I'm only 28 and I know what "uppity" means to whites that say it to non whites and women. You may see the US as post race...it's not ...yet, maybe in another 30 to 50 years. Learn your history, so you won't be suprised when you don't get the job you deserve or can't catch a cab in certain places, or get called a n**ga when you are traveling cross country and stop at the wrong gas station in the wrong town...are you even aware that blacks still get lynched...they do...learn your history
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Wow, who knew that "uppity" was a term to insult black people. I am a young black girl who never experienced racism and do not view this country as a country of racists. The term "uppity" is not a racial slur according to its dictionary definition.
Mr. Robinson, I'm not sure why you play old school and put the race card on the table, especially when Obama has done a decent job of not playing victim politics.

Posted by: Kia | September 4, 2008 11:58 PM

Posted by: amberlinat | September 5, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

What I find so discouraging is that there are all these “rules” and political correctness that people, but especially white people, have to follow, otherwise whites get labeled racist. I mean didn’t whites and African Americans fight for equality? And don’t African Americans state that they want to be treated equal? If that is the case then how come an African American or white person can call another white person uppity, but when a white does it to an African American it is derogatory and racist? I mean can an African American call another African American uppity just like they can call each other n***** (A word I despise)? I mean all anyone wants is to be treated like equals, but when one nationality doesn’t have to watch their words and can say whatever they please, but another is always constantly on guard from attacks, how is there supposed to be equality? By suppressing one’s right to speak freely, then they are not being treated equal. I definitely do NOT believe in political correctness, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. So if one is allowed to say something, then all races should be allowed to say it as well. And if one race has a problem with the term, then I do not want to hear them use the term themselves, because that is implying that one is more important then the other.

Posted by: Heather | September 5, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Dear Anonymous | September 5, 2008 4:26 PM


The particular circumstance Robinson and myself and most others are discussing here has nothing to do with Biden. Why don't you bring Clinton into the picture frame while you're at it.

You're full of beans! I'm going to have dinner and forget people like you ever existed.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

UPPITY,UPPITY,UPPITY,UPPITY, UPPITy,UPPIty,UPPity, UPpity,Uppity, uppity, uppity, uppity!!!!!

Posted by: rumplestiltskin | September 5, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

IN PLAIN ENGLISH, ROBINSON,I AM CONVINCED YOU ARE THE RACIST.. you consistantly seekout negative connotations in any comments made about "The One".

up•pi•ty (up‚i tŽ) adj. Informal.inclined to be haughty, snobbish, or arrogant. [1875–80, Amer.; prob. UP + -ity, extended form of -Y1; cf. PERNICKETY]

And Yes, "The Uppity One" does have an aura of snobbery/arrogance.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Conservative Republican = Racist, Racist, Racist.

McCain and Palin = the same woman in a different dress.

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

someone else beat me to it but Webster's has a simple definition for uppity:
"Snobbish or arrogant". No racial slur that I can see. If folks in local communities have their own interpretations of the english language, that is their problem. Westmoreland is on solid ground.

Posted by: dave | September 5, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

This is what ticks me off:
1. I'm an African American Woman, when "Negroes" were given the right to vote, I still couldn't vote.

2. Now, that I am allowed to vote and the choice is between an African American Male, and a White Female, my choice is diminished as being race based or gender based, as if those are the only qualifications these 2 people brought to the table.

3. Now, we have the status quo, i.e. White People Only, in an "us vs them" party, who denigrate any and everyone who does not support them, and call the historical African American candidate as "uppity".

4. The gall is that the woman chosen to be a heart beat away from the presidency has not had the scrutiny as all of the other candidates, comes with a boatload of baggage, and get props for a speech she didn't write, ideas that were not her own, and was pumped and primed by the men propping her up. It was like watching a puppet show.

5. Yet, everyone else must stay in their place....because we are either too ignorant, or slow to be able to see the big picture.

I think it is grievious that a woman will hide behind sexism to not answer questions about herself,when appointed to such an important position, yet supports and is part of a party which promotes racism in this country.

The Republicans would love to have a race war, then they can put all of the non-whites in their place, and the United States won't have to ever again deal with an African American or any other "type" of American running for POTUS.

Newsflash: It won't work this time!

Posted by: MyAudacity | September 5, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Racism is out there and then, even when you read this message board, there are those who completely discount that racism is any issue at all. If someone brings up a legitimate example, they automatically discount it, "Oh, the race card..." Sadly, they're the most racist of all and can't see it. Reminds me of something I heard about how someone in the KKK is easier to deal with because at least he doesn't deny his views.

Yeah, like the GOPs (including Pahlin who called it whining) did when Hilary talked about sexism but now that Pahlin is running, every other word out of their mouths is sexism.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

No question "uppity" is racist (I'm a 46-year-old white woman, who's only seen the movies about Jim Crow and the civil rights movement). This election presents a minefield -- or an opportunity to confront and better understand stereotypes about race, gender and age. I called Gov. Palin an "upstart" and was upbraided by women friends for being sexist. And I thought I was a card-carrying feminist because I retained my birth surname. It's not whining to shine a light on bias -- it's a protection we receive from the Fourth Estate. Thank you, Mr. Robinson.

Posted by: BustABias | September 5, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing that people want to refer to "Webster" to defend their position that if the dictionary doesn't identify "uppity" as racist, then it must not be racist. When you look up "sexist" does it refer to asking a vice presidental candidate being asked questions in it's definition?

Look, Representative Westmoreland and the Rethugs will continue to say things like this to stir people up. Eugene, I respect your journalistic skills and integrity, but don't take the bait. I don't think rational people need to debate the subject. As demonstrated here, people who get it, do. And people who don't want to get it, won't. Doesn't matter. I am more interested in the two candidates and how they intend to change the climate in Washington today. After Obama becomes President, and Representative Westmoreland needs assistance for his district, let him call on the White House and request to meet with Uppity President Obama. God don't like ugly.

Posted by: Amazing Disgrace | September 5, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The description is apt and has nothing to do with race...

uppity
One entry found.

uppity


Main Entry:
up·pi·ty Listen to the pronunciation of uppity
Pronunciation:
\ˈə-pə-tē\
Function:
adjective
Etymology:
probably from up + -ity (as in persnickity, variant of persnickety)
Date:
1880

: putting on or marked by airs of superiority : arrogant, presumptuous

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uppity

Posted by: Typical white person | September 5, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

I too liked Mr. Robinsons editorial BUT, I think he is missing the point.While very true that White Supremacists and Racists feel Obama is "uppity" and they know damn good and well what it means their argument against Obama that he doesn't have White Supremacist and Racist "Values" and he lacks White "Experiences" would be a far better set of issues to address.

While addressing obvious Racism is noble and necessary more good would be done in addressing far more subtle and less obvious Racism and White Supremacy. Next I will address the major arguments of the GOP that Obama doesn't have their White Racist and Supremacist values and he lacks a White experience that would qualify him to be President.

Don't touch that dial.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 5, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Ok, let's get to it.

Again, the major knock against Obama by the GOP(and Black man hating lesbians who supported Hillary) is that Barack Obama doesn't expouse their "values" and he lacks a White experience that would qualify him for the office of president. And make no bones about it, the White Racists and Supremacists don't want to discuss what they mean by "Values" or "White Experience" because to do so would reveal the White Supremacy and Racism which is coded in the words. But since I'm here and I'm dressed I'll do it for them.

Let's look honestly at the "Values" that Barack Obama has said he holds dear. 1)Faith in God. Now while Barack has said he's Christian and has been for the 20 years of his association with Trinity Church, he has also said that he believes that American's should be able to worship ANY GOD or religion that they choose. Barack Obama said that he values the RIGHT of all Races and Genders to worship privately as they please.2)States Rights. Obama is on record saying that he feels each State has a right to Gov. as they see fit and that the Federal Gov. should NOT dictate or step on States Rights as long as those States Rights don't interfere with the Constitution(again, Barack Obama is a Professor of Constitutional Law). 3)Equality for all. Barack Obama is on record stating that ALL AMERICANS are created EQUAL- even Blacks and women- and that EVERY citizen should be able to persue life, liberty and happiness.These are the values that Barack Obama has listed and when the Racists and White Supremacists are asked to list their "values" that are counter to Barack's (and please do ask them and watch them squirm) they will refuse to do so because they know that the only "value" White Racists and Supremacists covet is White Racism and Supremacy.

I'll continue...

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 5, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

is racism that big of an issue in this election?

and for whom?

would he have even got this far?

may the best MAN win

Posted by: wayne | September 5, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, you are absolutely spot on in this article. I'm a middle-aged woman from Kentucky and we all know what 'uppity' means. I've said all along that a major reason Obama doesn't have a bigger lead is that he's black. I'm sure there are other reasons as well but I know many people who will not vote for a black man. He's got my vote though.

Posted by: Reboot | September 5, 2008 4:58 PM

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Reboot, you deserve to get the boot on your behind hard.

The only reason Nobama is even the nominee of the dem party is precisely because he is black. As Ferraro astutely observed, if Nobama was white, a single term senator with less than 4 years of service in the senate, more than half of which he spent cavorting on the campaign trail and out of the office, would have exactly *zero* chance of winning the nomination.

And the 99% of the main stream media decided that they needed foist him on the dems and eventually on the genral electorate, for their own reasons (well, in the case of Robinson, Colby, Bob Herbert, Roland Martin, and other such folks, it is no secret what that reason is).

And as 90% of HRC supporters know, the Nobama slimy campaign cried race every time his lack of credentials and accomplishments were brought up, but they gleefully indulged in race and sex card baiting to drown out HRC and the only 2-term president we produced since FDR.

Nobama has run a slimy campaign, and his gutter rat groupies cry race every time; what a heavenly match!

Posted by: intcamd1 | September 5, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

OK, 2) experience is another lame argument that the Racists and White Supremacists make and its simply more codespeak for their claim that Obama lacks "White" experiences that would qualify him for the office of President. The argument is that because Obama's father and grand father were not Admirals in the US Navy during WWI and II and Obama was not allowed to graduate fifth from the bottom of his class and allowed to be a Fighter Pilot getting shot down over Hanoi and taken captive or because he wasn't allowed to marry Cindy McCain or Bill Clinton that Obama lacks the experience of the White Candidates and as such means his BLACK experiences somehow don't count. My point is to make the experiences of Whites SUPERIOR then that of Blacks(who have to overcome much more)is simply lame.

Of course this is very unfair because as a Black man who's father and Grand father were Black Obama would have never been allowed to have been the son of an Admerial or the spouse of a President or allowed to be the Mayor of Wassilla or Gov. of Alaska. When we look at how far Obama has come being BLACK without the Bush family or the Clinton Family(McCain family) name or legacy makes his journey and as such experience even more remarkable. Finally, a number of Racists and or Supremacists have commented that Obama hasn't "done" anyting(White) that would qualify him for president.As if we elect Oylmpic Gold Medalists or Tiger Woods President based on a single accomplishment(getting shot down over Vietnam for instance) all of which of course is silly. Ones BODY of work even if that body of work was down from within the BODY of a Black man is what must be considered when electing a President.

I'll conclude next.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 5, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Excellent article. Interesting comments. I recommend that all read Obama's books, _DREAMS FROM MY FATHER_ and _THE AUDACITY OF HOPE_ before they criticize. A person learns a great deal from life experiences, especially living in other countries and being able to communicate in more than one language.

Posted by: btxusa | September 5, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

In lieu of a conclusion I'd like to address some of what the Racists and White Supremacists have said since I brought up the issue of the hypocracy of using a White Racist and Supremacist "value" system and White life experiences as a litmus test for Barack Obama(A Brother).

Gereldine Ferraro and other White Supremacists(and Black Man Hating Lesbians) have argued that if Barack Obama was John Fitzgerald Kennedy that he would not be where he is now and its simply absurd. I'd argue he'd be further along then he is now. While its true that being White does not automatically qualify any Old Idiot from Arizona who finished at that bottom of his class at the Naval Acadamy to be President, the FACT that someone is White and as such had a White Admerial father and grand father WOULD in the minds of many qualify said Idiot for the White House. If you ad the fact that such an Idiot would be allowed to fly fighter planes and would be allowed to marry Cindy McCain with all her millions all because of his Whiteness well then there you go.

But how likely is it that a BROTHER who was raised by White Supremacists in poverty could by embracing his Race and Culture and rejecting the MYTH that Whites are Superior because of White Privledge could ascend from the ghettos of Chicago to preside over a District with over 500,000 and later a STATE of multiple millions and later of a Democratic Party with over 50 million votes and delegates,that would be very unlikely.To over come 450 years of Slavery, Racism, Oppression and Discrimination to win the Democratic nomination for President is beyond a longshot we're talking Al Micheal's "...do you believe in miricles!?"

Who are we kidding here? Barack Obama's popularity and support has NOTHING to do with him being Black and EVERYTHING to do with him being Black and TEN TIMES BETTER then the rest(ie. the White folks). Seriously, even I wouldn't support Barack if he was simply equal to the others. No, too much is at stake he can't just be regular he would have to be Tiger or Jordan(Doug Williams) and alas he may be even better.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 5, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Barack Obama has increased racism in American in 2008 by deliberately choosing to play the race card time and time again. I would think a lot more of Barack Obama if he had not engaged in racism, classism, sexism, voter disenfrachisement and subversion of democracy in this 2008 campaign debacle. Barack Obama is simply not qualified to be President. I believe that Barack Obama has destroyed the Democratic party in 2008. I stood with Rep. John Conyers in 2004 in Ohio on the statehouse grounds demanding that every vote be counted and that investigations be launched into voter fraud in Ohio. This is the very same John Conyers who in 2008 actively engaged in voter disenfranchisement in his home state of Michigan. What a fraud Conyers is. What a fraud Obama is. Don't you think it's ironic Mr. Robinson that the black candidate is the one who actively worked to disenfranchise voters? What would MLK who Obama channels at every opportunity, the very same MLK who fought so hard for voter rights think of Barack Obama and John Conyers and the DNC disenfranchising voters in 2008???? Not much I bet.

I worked very hard to elect John Kerry. I have given a lifetime of support to the Democratic party in time and treasure.

Hillary Clinton should be the nominee. Hillary is qualified and electable. Hillary earned the right to be the nominee in 2008. Hillary won the popular vote, winning MORE votes than ANY candidate of ANY party in history and she's NOT on the ticket??? Unacceptable. I will hold the DNC accountable. I will NOT accept Barack Obama as the nominee of my party.

A new political star was born Wednesday night. Sarah Palin is a natural. Brilliant choice by John McCain.

What a joy it is to see the media and D.C. insiders caught by surprise. Now, Obama wants Hillary and other women to help him with the women's vote. Too little, too late from the sexist pig Obama. Obama should have shown Hillary (and Bill), Geraldine Ferraro and ALL women respect. It's too late now.

The Wash Post and Sally Quinn(I am not a real journalist, I just shagged the old boss Ben Bradlee and I hate all women who are more successful than me, like Hillary and Sarah Palin) should be ashamed of their sexist coverage of Palin. Do any of you old farts actually think to ask a man, any man, say perhaps Barack, ANY questions about why he's running for President with two young children of his own? No, you don't ever do that. It's only WOMEN you attack. SEXISM LIVES!

Barack Obama has yet to be vetted. Bring it on.

A missed opportunity for the Democrats in failing women in 2008 and failing to nominate the most qualified and most electable candidate, Hillary Clinton who won the popular vote, winning MORE votes than ANY candidate of ANY party in history! Hillary Clinton should be the nominee. Now, the Dems are stuck with an unqualified and unelectable Obama/Biden. Damn.

For this Democrat, it's McCain 08 and Hillary 2012. Country first, party second.

Hold the DNC accountable for the 2008 campaign debacle. Hold the DNC accountable for the rampant sexism, racism, classism, voter disenfranschisement and subversion of democracy in 2008 by the DNC, Obama, and the media.

At least the GOP had the grace and political smarts to acknowledge the accomplishements of Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro. The DNC is too stupid to celebrate both Bill and Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro.

Missed opportunities indeed.

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Posted by: k | September 5, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

It continues to amaze me that so many people - including many commenters here - actually believe that racism magically disappeared with the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1965. Barely 40 years later, it is still deeply ingrained in our society, though widely denied.

Westmoreland, born & raised in Atlanta, Georgia and who claims oblivion to the commonplace well-known definition of "uppity [n*****]" in his own local culture, led a group of fellow Republicans in opposing the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Westmoreland opposes additional funding for the Justice Department to solve cold case civil rights killings.

Let's assume for a moment that Westmoreland is in fact that ignorant of his Georgia district's culture and vernacular. Is he fit to serve his district? After all, he lobs racially-loaded terms about blacks and doesn't even know it. How many more times has he, does he, and will he use offensive loaded words or phrases and not even realize it, much less apologize for it? Safe in his ignorance, he's clearly a loose cannon in representing his constituents effectively, you never know when he's going to show his ignorance again.

But then again, perhaps he will be equally oblivious and ignorant when his constituents call up his office to express their dismay by referring to him as a "cracker" or "whitey"...he just won't hear those either as racially-loaded words.

NOT. Other blogs are reporting making such calls and hearing Westmoreland's staff take extreme offense, even when said bloggers claim that the *dictionary* supports them. Hmm. Oblivious? Ignorant?

If he had a completely different record, that might be believable. But his extensive record in Congress opposing full equal rights and full justice for black Americans supports a conclusion that (a) he's just that ignorant, (b) he's feigning ignorance to avoid being seen as the racist he is, or (c) he's completely out of touch with the lives and language of his own constituents. It's one of those three, none are pretty.

Posted by: Patti in Dallas | September 5, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Quite an interesting debate…especially the steaming, heaping, shovel-full coming from the keyboard of “sanity.”

Much of the discord seems to revolve around how people of differing socioeconomic backgrounds, hailing from differing geographic regions interpret the semantics of a single word. Isn’t that a given?

Yet, some have the audacity and egocentricity to suggest that all others should share their interpretation. How pompous can you get?

Then you get a zealot like “sanity” who seemingly calls everyone a racist and chides people if they did not serve in the military. Well, I have news for you, sanity.

First, along the lines of semantics, the term Vietnam Veteran once was synonymous with “rapist and baby killer.” Does that mean we should keep that connotation because that is how it was once deemed? Of course not, but at the same time, you are not more worthy because you served in the military.

Second, racism exists in every race, every gender, and even every political party. We are all subject to racism whether people want to admit it or not. Yes, even blacks and Democrats can be racists.

The lack of critical thinking in many of these comments is alarming.

Posted by: Pete | September 5, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Now in regards to the comments of the White Supremacist Intcamd1 you are correct that Obama was chosen to run for President in part because he is Black, but trust had he been Jesse Jackson or Alan Keys or OJ Simpson then no, he wouldn't have been the one chosen. Remember in 2000 the GOP with Karl Rove and them STOLE the election with 14% of Black Self-hating wish they were White Idiots voting for Bush. Bush stole the election and was selected with less then a 4% margin. The Black Self-hating wish they were White Sellout Idiots who voted for Bush made the difference. The Party Leaders decided that if they could find a Black man who was qualified they would nominate him and insure that the Dems got that 14%. Like it or not it was the Black vote and turnout that made the difference in the Primary and it will make the difference in the November election as well. Blacks have been voting for White boys forever and we as a community had a hard time trusting a Black man even one the caliber of Barack Obama, but thanks to the White Racists and Supremacists who revealed Rev. Wright and that his wife Michelle and his daughters were indeed Black and that Barack Obama's father was indeed Black and that he is indeed Black, Blacks decided to support him(thank you Racists and White Supremacists we owe you one).

Finally, if you are suggesting that Barack Obama's being Black is a factor in his success then we have no problem with admitting to that, it only makes your claim that he somehow is unfit to serve because he's Black even more Racist and Stupid.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 5, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Look it up, it was used in the 1800's by blacks to describe other blacks, not by whites. You dems will try anything now that you are scared you may lose.It also means arrogant among other things.

Posted by: jajohnson | September 5, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

I'd like to address some of K's Black man hating lesbian nonsense.

K, you illustrate exactly what I was saying.Instead of "vetting" Barack Obama you simply conclude that because he's Black he's unqualified. You talk about him being a Racist and playing the Race Card as if White Racists and Supremacists are playing the Race Card(Bill wasn't playing the Race Card when he said that Jesse Jackson won NC too? Hillary wasn't playing the Race Card with that 3:AM ad with a little White girl who gets blown up because supposedly a Black man is President? The White Racist Black man hater on Fox who called the "fist bump" a "Terrorist Fist Bump wasn't playing the Race Card,Please. As for the charge that by being so intelligent and wise and well spoken and popular and by bucking the false stereotypes about Blacks Obama has fanned the flames of Racism those charges are absurd. Intelligent, educated, well spoken, conscience Blacks have always been here we simply were NOT given the spotlight because of the hold that White Racists and Supremacists have had on our society. By being brilliant Barack Obama stands to end White Racism and Supremacy forever not increase it. As for the charge that Obama disenfranchised the White Racists, Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians good, we don't need them in the Party, its not what our Party or Country should be about, let them join the Republican Party. As for the claim that Hillary being a Black man hater a White Supremacist and a lesbian is "more" electable no, we want and should nominate the BEST person for the Country for the job not the most "electable" if you have no faith in your Country then the DOOR to Russia is open just head to Alaska and take a right.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 5, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Turn out the lights!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jjohnson | September 5, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Pete while I agree with you that the Racists and White Supremacists have a different definition of the word "uppity" then people with some sense might that's not the issue.The issue is the Racism and White Supremacy regardless of the language and codespeak used to express it. Also, I disagree with the defense by White Racists and Supremacists that suggest that Blacks who point out White Racism and Supremacy are themselves Racist. Also lame is the excuse that White Racism and Supremacy is somehow excusable because of the LIE that Blacks are Racist or Supermacist towards Whites.

For Blacks to object to White Racism and Supremacy(Black man hating lesbians)does NOT denote Black Racism or Supremacy. And while Blacks can very easily point out the White Supremacy and Racism while showing YEARS of voting for supporting, working for, living among,Whites(Clinton,Carter
Reagan,Bush etc.) all of our lives not ONE of these Racists and White Supremacists(Black man hating lesbians) can point to EVER supporting a BLACK MAN for President and here we have the most QUALIFIED "person" for the office and the only knock they can come up with is he's Black? It's lame and they should be called what they are and that is Racists and White Supremacists(and Black man hating lesbians).

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 5, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

well, he only has a high school diploma, so what can you expect!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_Westmoreland

Posted by: KM | September 5, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow.... I am quite saddened by some of the things that "my fellow Americans" have taken time to post in response to the editorial. I am even more saddened by the fact that we can't be intelligent in expressing our political points of view. While we don't have to subscibe to the same political or morality views, basic human respect should be a standard baseline.

As a Southerner, I have to say that the term "uppity" is a pinpoint term tied to the deep racial shame of our country. The offending politician should be ashamed. Rascist behavior is deplorable regardless of the originator. It is a living and vile evil that we as a nation have to overcome.

dcvet (supporting OBAMA)

Posted by: dcvet | September 5, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Gee Eugene it was just a short time ago you were calling the Clintons racists. You accused HRC of trying to murder Obama, and of her having "gone insane". All in order to help your brother Obama get votes.

So you were able to find one redneck - out of how many - who used the words "upity" - that does not justify your ignorant, biased and racist reporting during this campagin.

You are the only ignorant racist here. You suck...

Posted by: gooch | September 5, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Coming on the heels of that are discoveries about Sarah Palin herself. “So S_mb_ beat the b...” http://www.laprogressive.com/2008/09/05/alaskans-speak-in-a-frightened-whisper-palin-is-%E2%80%9Cracist-sexist-vindictive-and-mean%E2%80%9D/ This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination. "Sarah Palin's Record on Race A Blank Sheet" http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/05/EDFG12NLTV.DTL It all just points out McCain tried going for black votes, failed, and went back to the whitest state in the fifty for something to sell. And since she won't answer questions directly, I can only surmise the PitBull is CHICKEN and the lipstick is on all the PIGS IN HER CLOSET.

Posted by: kravitz | September 5, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Gooch stop that.What about the TRUTH that Eugene is speaking justify's you calling him a Racist(notice he won't answer)? As for the LIE that only one Racist was found calling Obama Uppity(Geraldine Farraro,Bill Clinton,Huckabee,David Duke, and many other's made Racist comments about Barack), that's ridiculous.

Also, what about Eugene's reporting and or commentating that correctly points out the Racism and White Supremacy that goes on is Racist? I'm really starting to wonder if you Racists and White Supremacists even know what the definition of the word means.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 5, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

This isn't the first time you did this Mr Robinson. You and Rep Clayburn play that race card when Obama starts looking bad. You did the same thing with the Clinton's. You looked and looked for something that they said to play the race card. What you don't understand, by being so obvious you are turning off voters. I also think the Indians don't act like blacks and look at what we did to them. There just not cry babies like you.

Posted by: Vincie | September 5, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

"...the last time Westmoreland’s staff got such a damage-control workout was in 2006, when the congressman sponsored legislation to post the Ten Commandments in the House and Senate -- and then proved unable to list them."

Oh, that's just hilarious. I memorized them in 6th grade (at an elementary school for one of the few evangelical Christian churches--Seventh-Day Adventist--that is firmly on the side of separation of church and state) in the King James version and can still recite them word-for-word. I also remember "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are Gods"--which show that Jesus, too, was for separation of church and state.

Posted by: MPOV | September 5, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Vincie: This isn't the first time you did this Mr Robinson. You and Rep Clayburn play that race card when Obama starts looking bad.

MPOV: Uh, didn't you read the item? That it was Westmoreland who played the race card?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Dear Lorna,

Thanks! Yours appears to be the most informed article on Sarah Palin yet, an honest opinion, presenting the good and the bad, not a hatchet job, not a gushing gloss-over puff piece. Thank you very much. I saved it for future reference.

Posted by: MPOV | September 5, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

The media and folks in general gave raves over Palin's speech at the Convention. My question is, why shouldn't she. That's what her Bachelor's degree is in, Communications. I took Communications and you spend a lot of time on learning how to give a speech. I believe that will be all she will contribute to this campaign, speeches because no way will they trot this "star" to the different media outlets like they did "We will be treated as Liberators" Cheney.

Posted by: Sissy | September 5, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Sanity,
You keep replying with insults for no reason but I think Biden is relevant. If you chastise someone for his remarks, tell me why Biden should have a pass for acting in the same manner? Please respond if you have anything of value, if your reply is going to be some insults to high your lack of education, please don’t make it that obvious.

Posted by: rbas1 | September 5, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Coming on the heels of Westmoreland are discoveries about Sarah Palin herself. “So S_mb_ beat the b...” http://www.laprogressive.com/2008/09/05/alaskans-speak-in-a-frightened-whisper-palin-is-%E2%80%9Cracist-sexist-vindictive-and-mean%E2%80%9D/ This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

She was beaten by a black woman for the title of Miss Alaska. "Sarah Palin's Record on Race A Blank Sheet" http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/05/EDFG12NLTV.DTL "During her tenure as Alaska governor, Palin didn't have to say or do much about civil rights. She does now. And we shouldn't have to wait for her to get to the White House before she does. That's too great a risk for the country."

It all just points out that John McCain desperately tried going for black votes, failed, and went back to one of the whitest states in the fifty for something to sell to others who feel whites are losing control of this country. (Listen to how many times Palin is described as a 'normal' American.) And since she won't answer questions directly, I can only surmise the Pit Bull is really a chicken and the lipstick is on all the pigs holed up in her closet.

Posted by: kravitz | September 5, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

I can't believe Sarah Palin called Barack Obama a Sambo,but I knew she was a Racist or a White Supremacist.This is what the White Supremacists and Racists like about her(the Black man hating lesbians like the fact that she's running opposite Barack Obama a Black man).

Now there is nothing about Barack Obama that would warrent Sarah Palin calling him a Sambo but this is the kind of nonsense that Racists want to do.

Sad.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 5, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

TKCAL,

My point about the semantics of the term “uppity” was not intended to defer the issue. Rather, my point was simply that some people would inherently perceive a racist overtone in the use of the term, and others simply wouldn’t. However, not inherently perceiving a racist overtone does not make one a racist (or a simpleton, or a shut-in, etc.).

As I stated in a much earlier post, I am a well-educated, 40 year-old Texan, and I had no idea there was a racist connotation associated with that word. At the same time, I have always found the use of the word to be a bit sanctimonious; so, I would not have used it anyway.

The salient issues involved – at least as I see them – are the ones that seem to escape many of those posting comments.

First, I think it is undeniable that some people are predisposed to seeing things through a racial overtone. I am not saying that Mr. Robinson has done so; but, I get the feeling there are people on this post who cannot accept that notion.

Second, racism affects everyone. Racism is not just the plight of the minority; it is an equal-opportunity iniquity.

Of course, we won’t be able to eliminate race as a contributing issue in this election; but, it is a very poor place to start the argument. True, there will be people who will vote for one candidate or the other simply based on race; but, that is their cross to bear, not mine. I am much more apt to buy into a person’s argument if they present statements of fact relative to a specific political position.

Peace.

Posted by: Pete | September 5, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I am getting tired of reading black commentators always accuse the opposition of racism. I have used the word uppity hundreds of times in my lifetime and never once did it refer to a black person. It is someone who thinks they are indeed better than someone else and acts in a way to put someone down. I am getting tired of ordinary words being commandeered whenever they fit in so an opponent can be called a racist. I am sick to death of hearing how anyone not supporting Obama has been trashed as either a bigot or racist. I am getting to the point I can't stand the man because of his supporters.

Posted by: Annie | September 6, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

To all those that say that it is racist for blacks to overwhelmingly support Obama, consider this: If blacks really did vote exclusively along racial lines Alan Keys would have gotten along much further than he did in the previous Republican primaries. If 92% of blacks vote for someone just because he is black, then blacks would have overwhelmingly crossed party lines, supported Keys, making Keys one of the frontrunners. This did not happen. Blacks, like anyone else, vote their own interest. Blacks probably (not unreasonbly) believe that Obama knows what it feels like to be Black. As a 2nd gen, Latina, I know that Obama knows what it feels like to be an immigrant, (in Indonesia) and an immigrant's son (here). Like Obama, I understand what it is like to grow up low income, attend private school on scholarships, and then attend Ivy League universities on merit. I believe that Obama's various vantage points (low-income kid, immigrant, black, scholarship boy, college professor, senator, dad, husband, brother, son, grandson, Christian, Chicago pol, EVERYTHING) makes him more likely to understand and even consider my viewpoint, than any other candidate in my lifetime.

Posted by: Jamaica Plain | September 6, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

wake up, white folks..............no way we can let a black boy who goes to a racist church for 20 years, get in our House, especially with a man who has served his country. Obama never even gave a thought about serving his country...just like today.....almost all our boys fighting our wars are white......they always have been............in Vietnam, 87% of combat deaths were white.

Posted by: lucasjax | September 6, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

To Jamaica Plain:
Using Alan Keyes as an example of blacks not always voting for blacks is funny. Alan Keyes was on display at one of the debates. Alan Keyes was on display when they called him in from out of state to run against Obama in Illinois. I found it hilarious that Obama only beat him by 72% -28%. It should have been 98-2 or 99-1 because Alan Keyes is not your mainstream candidate of any party. But perhaps you could explain why many of those interviewed by CNN in South Carolina as to how they were voting, were quick to say that they all wanted to be part of history to elect the first black Preisdent. One was particular in stating that he loved Hillary and she would have gotten his vote had it not been for Obama's race. And could you explain when this event has ever occurred before so we can compare - it hasn't so comparing a state race or another Washington race is totally different than a Presidential race.

Posted by: Annie | September 6, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,

I personally appreciate your hard work and dedication in pointing out these kinds of uncalled for remarks. Mr. Westmoreland should have known better and should have no excuses. It was inapropriate for him to address Mr. Obama in that manner. And sounds like his ignorance got the best of him.

But, I see something here that is as equally wrong as Mr. Westmoreland's distasteful comments.

Here you have a host of writers who are sharing their hateful rhetoric as well.

"HATRED WITH NO FACE"

THE MICHAEL E.'s of Virginia, and the rest of the 49 States... who are they? only in hard copies.

Posted by: Sam | September 6, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Westmoreland must have taken some time off from pounding his nanny.

Posted by: Wayne | September 6, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

John McCain's choice for V.P. Sarah Palin is being pimped by McCain and the Republican Party.

Remember that chick in high school who had that big bully football player of a boyfriend. She and BOBO walking around campus with his bully buddies. She walking and talking crap and not caring if she was being offensive to anyone? And until she was alone she started to act the person she really was?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

One man makes a dumb comment and you seize on it as what the WHOLE Republican campaign is about. That's not only desperate, it's paranoid.
Moreover, if you really want to take about deciphering what people are saying, then let's do it: you pretty much have stated that any party that would DARE put up a candidate - ANY candidate - against the first African-American Democratic nominee is, ipso facto, racist. Racism is, after all, the only thing a Republican campaign can possibly be about, and you thank this jerk for being honest enough to spill the beans.
If you live in a world where to simply mount a political campaign is racism because of the color of the other party's candidate, it's your world that is totally screwed up by racist, not to mean whacko conspiracy-theorist, thinking. How pathetic.
I'm against Obama because, 1) the man has done NOTHING but talk and look pretty, and 2) he's a classic fringe leftist. You've got to look at what the man is actually planning to DO to the foundations of our economy, not just faint over his soaring oratory.
If that sounds racist to you... your ears are broken.

Posted by: Ken Sears | September 6, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

One man makes a dumb comment and you seize on it as what the WHOLE Republican campaign is about. That's not only desperate, it's paranoid.
Moreover, if you really want to talk about deciphering what people are saying, then let's do it: you pretty much have stated that any party that would DARE put up a candidate - ANY candidate - against the first African-American Democratic nominee is, ipso facto, racist. Racism is, after all, the only thing a Republican campaign can possibly be about, and you thank this jerk for being honest enough to spill the beans.
If you live in a world where to simply mount a political campaign is racism because of the color of the other party's candidate, it's your world that is totally screwed up by racist, not to mention whacko conspiracy-theorist, thinking. How pathetic.
I'm against Obama because, 1) the man has done NOTHING but talk and look pretty, and 2) he's a classic fringe leftist. You've got to look at what the man is actually planning to DO to the foundations of our economy, not just faint over his soaring oratory.
If that sounds racist to you... your ears are broken.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

One man makes a dumb comment and you seize on it as what the WHOLE Republican campaign is about. That's not only desperate, it's paranoid.
Moreover, if you really want to talk about deciphering what people are saying, then let's do it: you pretty much have stated that any party that would DARE put up a candidate - ANY candidate - against the first African-American Democratic nominee is, ipso facto, racist. Racism is, after all, the only thing a Republican campaign can possibly be about, and you thank this jerk for being honest enough to spill the beans.
If you live in a world where to simply mount a political campaign is racism because of the color of the other party's candidate, it's your world that is totally screwed up by racist, not to mention whacko conspiracy-theorist, thinking. How pathetic.
I'm against Obama because, 1) the man has done NOTHING but talk and look pretty, and 2) he's a classic fringe leftist. You've got to look at what the man is actually planning to DO to the foundations of our economy, not just faint over his soaring oratory.
If that sounds racist to you... your ears are broken.

Posted by: Ken Sears | September 6, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Racism is going to be a large factor in this election. My friends and family who live in my home town, previously all white until about 20 years ago, state their opposition to Obama in the following terms:

"He reminds me of a boss I hated."

"His relationship with the Rev. Wright shows he has anti-American ideas."

"He will appoint all Afro-Americans to offices."

And then a friend's husband slips and refers to Afro-Americans with a racial epithet as old as uppity.

This is ugly, as they used to say in the South when I lived there. I wonder if "small-town America" is code for people like Palin, white, that is.

Posted by: Julia | September 6, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Nope. Wasn't racist at all, and nobody gets to redefine any word to suit their immediate needs. It is not a term I would use.. it is a long, long way away from Racism.

Posted by: Joel Wischkaemper | September 6, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I have heard several people use this "uppity" phrase in regards to Sen. Obama here in Az., when I pointed out what was normally followed by that phrase. The answer is that is what I meant! Thank You for helping make up my mind, a 52 year old white business man. I say vote Obama, because racism must end in this country. Hopefully that will be yet another step in that direction.

Posted by: ndrick | September 6, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Robinson,

You should be ashamed of the Race Baiting journalism you make a living at. You need and want racial conflict. Without it you wouldn't have a paycheck.

Bonehug!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 6, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Thanx Lorna for posting Anne Kilkenny's synopsis of Palin's political history.

That post gave me more/better info than all of the reporters and political talking heads that are running around.

Posted by: Mike | September 6, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

At least the author admits her strong bias - 'she hates me' and why she doesn't like Sarah Palin (the librarian issue). Most of the rest is simply opinion that can be viewed multiple ways depending on your views. I much prefer a sales tax increase (based on consumption) than income or property taxes so I view that as a positive. She views it as a negative.

The honest truth is that Sarah Palin has had executive experience that Barack Obama and Joe Biden have not. She has had to make the tough choices and even based on what the author of this piece states, she has done what was right, even when it went against her personal beliefs (see both the Gay rights area and the Pro-Life area).

I like her a great deal - not because of her looks but because of her energy, her drive, and her concern for the future of the United States.

Posted by: Keith | September 6, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

What I find amazing is that no one has mentioned that you almost never hear the word "uppity" without the word "n***er" right after it. This Congressman just failed to finish the phrase which any good person who uses the word "uppity" would use. At least he had the common sense to truncate his typical response to a person of color who didn't toe the line on their place in our society.

Posted by: Amazin' | September 6, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

It really is a breath of fresh air for one from the party of those who love lies more than Life to be so un-hidey in his speaking.

Posted by: mammyyel | September 6, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I wondered how long it would take to interject the "N" Word.

You clowns really make me sick.


Bonehug!!!!!

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 6, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Westmoreland actually did hide behind his ascertion that he was not aware of the connotation of the term... Would that he'd get an opportunity to visit certain parts of Georgia and say, "uppity, uppity, uppity!" and get away on foot! yeah!

Posted by: mammyyel | September 6, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Democrats = The Angry Gay Left

Bonehug!!!!!!!

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 6, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Hate mongers are very slick perpretraitors.

The problem? these loose cannons can't help themselves. Their blue blood! pours right out of sweat glands. A slip of the tongue here! A slip of the tongue there!

Hey, I have "uppity" I'm mean black friends.

They reveal themselves and its not hard to detect.

Howdy neighbor! Yeehaa!

But try to reverse their hatred by calling others racist. Same ole practice same ole game.

By the looks of this thread, hard to argue with the truth. Can't hide the facts when there written in black and white. Did I say Black and White.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

You have to be insane if you think the use of "uppity" is necessarily racist. That it originated as a derogatory word among blacks is irrelevant. In its present context, even in the south, it means "haughty, snobbish, elitist, etc." And, when applied to Barack Obama, that seems particularly acute. Perhaps only in some black circles does it retain its original significance.

I'm from Jacksonville, FL, a fully southern city, and this is the first time it has been brought to my attention that "uppity" could possibly have any racial connotation. So please don't pretend like Westmoreland's being southern has anything to do with it. Perhaps if he were born in a black community in 1880, you might have a case against him.

As it happens, a racial pejorative wasn't its intended or understood meaning by anyone but psychotic liberals scrambling to save Obama's presidential campaign, reaching for any they fodder they can scrape up against conservatives, groundless or not.

I also "love it when everybody's cards are on the table." And, in this case, I'm particularly glad to know that I can completely disregard your opinion when any controversial matter about race is concerned.

For anyone interested, this blog has a much better analysis of the issue: http://thinkingmansman.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Nick | September 6, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah the Barracuda says, “Sambo Beat the B!tch” referring to obama and hillary
Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean”
Full Story: http://www.laprogressive.com/2008/09/05/alaskans-speak-in-a-frightened-whisper-palin-is-%E2%80%9Cracist-sexist-vindictive-and-mean%E2%80%9D/

“Sambo Beat the B!tch”
“Palin is a conniving, manipulative, a**hole,” someone who thinks these are positive traits in a governor told me, summing up Palin’s tenure in Alaska state and local politics.

“She’s a bigot, a racist, and a liar,” is the more blunt assessment of Arnold Gerstheimer who lived in Alaska until two years ago and is now a businessman in Idaho.


EXPLOSIVE REPORT: SARAH PALIN CALLS BARACK OBAMA SAMBO!!! HILLARY A B!TCH.
Full Story: http://www.mediatakeout.com/2008/26436-explosive_report_sarah_palin_calls_barack_obama_sambo.html

Posted by: deshaun, atl, ga | September 6, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Thelonemule...the only one seems to be angry here is you and your angry friends. To use the term "I hate" and "gay" which is your opinion and does'nt say a whole lot about you, other than your one angry person. I truly hope you find help to deal with your personality. We call it "ANGER MANAGEMENT" in the 21st century. Good luck with that, and try to turn that anger around for positive change. Isn't that what McCain is saying..."CHANGE" Stole "CHANGE" right out of the Obama play book. If you look back in history. Bush in his exception speech. McCain is stating the same rhetoric in his exception speech as Bush. The only "CHANGE" McCain is speaking of is "Change" of the person and not the policies. But anyway, good luck on your anger bro!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I found Presidents Bush Exceptance speech and I went to McCain's Exceptance speech. OMG!

Both are saying the same thing in their speech's. CHANGE IN WASHINGTON ect!

They are saying the same thing OMG.

Karl Rove is writing speech's for McCain.

Karl Rove is Bush's childhood friends and was Bush's HEAD CAMPAIGN guy!

Now HEAD of McCain's Campaign. OMG

Posted by: JEFF | September 6, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Lucasjax,
Not serve his country...you mean like the vice president, who had more important things to do?? Or maybe like Mitt Romney and his five sons?? Or maybe like Rev. Huckabee?

Posted by: Repub | September 6, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin

6 Colleges in 6 years

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/ats-ap-cvn-palin-educationsep04,0,3284051.story

Qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency? I think not.

Posted by: Sam in VA | September 6, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

It appears quite odd that PALIN has not given ONE interview to the media?

Posted by: wayne | September 6, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous,

Come on you're the Obama Girl...Right!!

Don't worry McCain won't cost you your quota hire job at the Dept. of Ed.

Bonehug!!!

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 6, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

so does Jimmah Carter calling him a "black boy" count?

how about Biden calling him "articulate"?

or Jesse using the N word and saying he needed his nuts cut off?

so can he dance and sing? help us with this.

you black journalists imo need to concentrate on why, in spite of massive funding, you can't take advantage of the school system and drag yourselves out of poverty. is it really that bad to emulate every other immigrant group?

Mao-Bama is uppity, get over it. He thinks he's too good for the rest of us.

Posted by: theSwimmah | September 6, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

hey deshuan, too bad your parents never learned to spell, thanks for pasting the Daily Kos lie of the day.

have a wonderful welfare paid day

Posted by: theSwimmah | September 6, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH! Democrats are SEXIST!

What party since 1960 has gone so far to maliciously smear any female of any party who dare try to rise above her "station".

Posted by: Changing Parties | September 4, 2008 10:05 PM
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No one needs to smear her -- she's a walking, talking soap opera all on her own. When that National Enquirer article comes out next Wednesday -- I'm going to buy 20 copies and go put them on every doctor, dentist, barber, hairdressor and mechanics reading table for everyone to enjoy.

And while I am at it, I'll print up this vetting report on Sarah Moose-Killer and staple it in the issue right there with the story of her bonking her husband's former partner.

http://mudflats.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/palin-2006-vetting.pdf

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Facts suck, don't they? But hey, what do I know? I'm just a POW.

Posted by: Missouri POW | September 6, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

If I'm not mistaken, Westmorland is the same goober who went on Hardball to rip Obama for not wearing a flag lapel pin, then had no answer when Chris Matthews asked him why he wasn't wearing one during the interview!

You can't fix stupid.

Posted by: Ex-Georgian | September 6, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Now in regards to the comments of the White Supremacist Intcamd1 you are correct that Obama was chosen to run for President in part because he is Black, but trust had he been Jesse Jackson or Alan Keys or OJ Simpson then no, he wouldn't have been the one chosen. Remember in 2000 the GOP with Karl Rove and them STOLE the election with 14% of Black Self-hating wish they were White Idiots voting for Bush. Bush stole the election and was selected with less then a 4% margin. The Black Self-hating wish they were White Sellout Idiots who voted for Bush made the difference. The Party Leaders decided that if they could find a Black man who was qualified they would nominate him and insure that the Dems got that 14%. Like it or not it was the Black vote and turnout that made the difference in the Primary and it will make the difference in the November election as well. Blacks have been voting for White boys forever and we as a community had a hard time trusting a Black man even one the caliber of Barack Obama, but thanks to the White Racists and Supremacists who revealed Rev. Wright and that his wife Michelle and his daughters were indeed Black and that Barack Obama's father was indeed Black and that he is indeed Black, Blacks decided to support him(thank you Racists and White Supremacists we owe you one).

Finally, if you are suggesting that Barack Obama's being Black is a factor in his success then we have no problem with admitting to that, it only makes your claim that he somehow is unfit to serve because he's Black even more Racist and Stupid.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 5, 2008 7:58 PM

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RealFool, do you even know if I am black, white, pink, or orange, or if I am a man or woman? No. So your comment that I am a white supremacist is hilarious. How do you know I am not a black brother or sister, for example? Do you think all African American people worship NObama, like you do?

Instead of addressing my point about Ferrero's quote, you printed such a garbled riposte, I can't make heads or tails of it.

Geraldine's point was very simple. NObama stole the nomination from HRC(well, that is my point actually), and did so with a razor thin resume; if a regular white boy had run with that resume, he would have been laughed off, as happened to Dan Quayle (well, again, the analogy is mine, not hers).

Nobama's prostitute media pals are falling over themselves about Palin having no experience, but these same scum had no such qualms when they were pimping for Nobama, and enabling him to steal the nomination from HRC.

Posted by: intcamd1 | September 6, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Not the Geraldine Ferrero defence. That old chick is all played out. She is saying just like the Republicans party is saying.

We'll be damned if we allow a "N" run this country.

All of a sudden a woman is important.

Now the Republican Party see fit to elect a woman into the White House?

You better try to get a grip here.

This is reverse discrimnation at its best.

NEWS FLASH...AINT NO N*GG*R RUNNING OUR HOUSE.

HELLO HELLO HELLOOOOOOOOO DID YOU READ MY LIPS WHITE, BLACK, RED, PINK HELLOOOOOOOO.

BUT BARACK OBAMA IS GOING TO KNOCK THAT NOTION BACK WHERE IT CAME FROM...HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Posted by: Tony | September 6, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION WAS THE 21st CENTURY VERSION OF HEEHAW! ALL WAS MISSING WAS THE BALES OF HAY! WHY DO YOU THINK PALIN SAID? "I STOOD UP TO THE GOOD OLE BOY NETWORK" SHE WAS REPORTING THAT THE GOOD OLE BOY NETWORK IN ALASKA WAS BACK IN LINE. SHE IS REPORTED TO BE A PITBULL WITH LIP STICK. HELL, KARL ROVE WROTE THAT IN AS PART OF HER SPEECH. NOW SHE'S GOING AROUND BLASTING BARACK AS IF THEY WERE NEIGHBORS.

MCCAIN IS PIMPING HER LIKE SHE WAS A USED RAG. BUT SHE UNDERSTANDS THAT SHE IS ONLY A MOUTH PIECE FOR MCCAIN AND THE GOOD OLE BOYS.

"WE KNOW YOU HAVE ALL THESE PROBLEMS GIRL...JUST LEAVE IT TO US. WE'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU AND YOUR KIDS AND YOUR FAMILY. JUST GO IN THERE AS IF YOU WERE PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY PITBULL."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

anonymous, if you had ever bailed hay you would know that it is an honest man's work.

Posted by: Jim | September 7, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

The GOB have gotten on my last nerve! Why people vote for them is beyond me. They have the IQ of a gnat! IMO, most Republicans are racist. Look at ho they idolize: Thurmond, Lott, Reagan, deLay, Gingrich, Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter, Kristol, O'Reilly, Inghram, David Duke.
Why Black people want to join this party is beyond me. They do nothing but show contempt for their race.
Obama is a threat to the GOP. For the first time in our country's history, a man with African blood coursing through his veins is about to become POTUS!!
In their world, this was not suppose to happen! Obama was suppose "to stay in his place." But he did not, as Maya Angelou said, "I rise."
Obama is everything McBush and the GOP are not: young, charming,energizing, intelligent, craetive. Not to mention mature. The latest antics with the flags is just too much.

Posted by: Denise | September 7, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Intcamd1 the issue is NOT whether or not you're a White Racist, White Supremacist, Black man HATING lesbian or a Black Self-hating wish you were White Sellout. The point is there is no basis for the claim that if Barack Obama were JFK that he wouldn't be where he is today.I'd argue he'd be much further along then he is.You Idiots keep bringing up his resume' quick to point out that it reveals he's Black and I'm arguing(quite well I might add)that over coming 450 years of Racism, Oppression, Discrmination and Slavery(collectively White Supremacy) makes any Black person with Obama's accomplishments(Harvard, Columbia Grad- Suda Cumme Lauda-Illinois State, US Senate,Professor of Constitutional Law at Chicago University, Civil Rights Attorney running the most financially successful campaign in the HISTORY of this Country)THAT more accomplished.

Its an insult for Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians(Black Self-hating wish they were White Sellouts) to claim that Obama's resume' is "thin" when there's nobody on the PLANET who has more exprience and accomplishments then he has. And again, by not telling the truth(you oppose Obama because he's Black and his ascention threatens the MYTH of White genetic and intellectual superiority) you make yourself and your arguments look even more STUPID.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 7, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I am very much a democrat and an Obama supporter. To give you and idea, I am a gay artist living in Los Angeles. I am also a native of GA, born and raised in ATL. The term uppity, in my opinion, is not a racist term.

Posted by: Robert Cowart | September 7, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

I am not sure if Westmoreland is a racist, he may be. But I know for sure who is a racist: Jeremiah Wright. And Barrack Hussein Obama considered him his mentor and spiritual advisor for 20 years. He performed the wedding ceremony for Barrack Hussein Obama and his wife. He baptised his children into a church that doesn't allow white people to be included in their inner circle. He ranted and raved about how the USofKKK deserved to be attacked on 9/11/2001, right in front of the whole Obama family. He hates Jews and whites and is pro-Hamas. Is Barrack Hussein Obama a racist? This 'guilty by association' example is far more compelling an arguement than a southern man using the word 'uppity'. Nice journalism, Mr.Robinson.

Posted by: Steve C | September 7, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

The party of sexism and hateful bigots is up in arms. Seniors and women making decisions? No way No How-not as long as any Democrats have their way.Everyone knows anyone over 65 is a idoit and women should stay in the kitchen baking cookies and washing their "Man's" shirt. This country is so stupid we don't realise that only Obama can solve the worlds problems and bring an end to global warming, death and taxes-(nix the end to taxes part-sorry) Can't let the stupid American worker make their own decisions on how to spend their money or what kind of car to drive, or what to belive, or choose or educate their children, or how warm or cool to keep their homes. We really need more Big Brother in everyones lives.

Posted by: MarxBro | September 7, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Uppity was used in the south. When massa caught his slave trying to escape. As the slave was being whipped massa would say "you uppity ni**er, all yall uppity ni**ers getting a beating today!"

Posted by: not uppity | September 7, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Isn't Westmoreland the Republican Senater who said "Obama" was "clean" and could "speak" well?

Posted by: Lodie | September 7, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Eugene,

Of course you are correct to take umbrage at the "uppity" label. But I think you protest way too much and, as usual, way too selectively. Thousands of Democrats jumped in to, in essence, declare Palin to be too uppity for her own good, and, as usual, you're trying to distract from the irrational sexism of it all.


Posted by: JimInNashville | September 7, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Steve C,

Isn't "Souther Man" a song written by Neal Young opposing his white anglo saxon brothren's treatment towards the black man in the south? And also didn't lynard skynard come out with a song opposing Neal Young's "Southern Man" song?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Racism Exists and usually hides behind the Republican R.

Hey Palin, get a real education. Anyone who wants a BA in Journalism running our country has to be just plain stupid.

How are you going to pass laws if you can't read or write them. You'll just be a puppet.

So nice to name your dissolved business Red Neck in French.

Classic.

We're young, we're smart and our votes will be counted THIS TIME.

Posted by: reality check | September 7, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

George Wallace was a proud menber of the same party who nomated Obama. Martin Luther King was a Republican. Get some knowledge of history instead of beliving everything on the internet.

Posted by: MarxBro | September 7, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

lilly bell your hair is golden brown. i've seen your black man coming round. swear by god i'm gonna, gun him down. i hear screaming, bow whips cracking, how long, how long... awww awwww awwww awww.

Posted by: southern man | September 7, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

nomated???

Yeah, I think its called faulty logic to say Martin Luther King was a R and then somehow generalize that fact and state all R aren't racist. When the article above and most blogs clearly show the other.

Read a dictionary and a logic book.

Posted by: Reality check | September 7, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

If "reality check" is an accurate example of the uppity young people coming up in this country, I see a sitution like Cambodia after we pulled out of VietNam, or Nazi Germany occuring right here in America. I've never seen so much hate for old people, christians, businesses, the military, pregnant teenagers, hockey, middle America and women before.

Posted by: MarxBro | September 7, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

You people call your selves Democrats? I swear that most of you are right-wing nut jobs trying to make the Democratic party look like a bunch of bigotted sexists. No real Democrat I know would talk so much about hating another human being. They are compasionate, loving, tollerante, inclusive,and non-judgmental. The things I read against women and old people in these post are the type of things I've always been told were things Republicans say.

Posted by: KarlMarx | September 7, 2008 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Your faulty logic on display once again.

I can't read this anymore.

I think I'll go back to watch my movie "Sophie Scholl"

Si yo fuera tu tendria mucha verguenza.

Posted by: Reality check | September 7, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Keep it up, Eugene! A $300,000 dress says it all.

Posted by: ron | September 7, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Reality check is right you should have a higher education to run the country. Most executive level positions require a higher education, but not the presidency?

Maybe we should lower bar so that anyone with a high school education can be president. It obviously not important to Republicans. Power without knowledge is NOT a good thing.

Posted by: Sarah, CA | September 7, 2008 2:50 AM | Report abuse

marxBro, Of course MLK was a Republican. Until JFK and LBJ did their thing the tails of the Civil War were still evident in the south. (Even the HST did integrate the military) As to Wallace, he LEFT the Democratic Party when it changed.

Posted by: facts | September 7, 2008 3:00 AM | Report abuse

I am not American , have never lived in the US...onlt visited..

I am from South America living in the UK and even I know 'uppity' when applied to a black person is usually followed by the n word and has derogatory connotations.

The idiots who claim not to should indeed commit to a 'test run' ..are hiding from he truth...sinces its exactly what lies in their own subconscious and probably conscious too...and are at least rather narrow , not informed ignorant and in short dangerous to the future of the US.

Posted by: 2008 Change | September 7, 2008 3:59 AM | Report abuse

There are many movies depicting reverse discrimination. And no matter what they see, they use excuses to explain away the guilt that there fore fathers left them with.

Point being, they are trying because society is teaching them.

Great Movie and extremely funny."WATERMELON MAN" hahahaha...

About a Archie Bunker type waking up one day. Having realize he was a black man.

Before waking up, he was in a conspiracy with the rest of the neighbors trying to convince a black family. Who were in the process of buying a house in that neighborhood. Reason why they shouldn't buy it.

Posted by: archie is dead | September 7, 2008 5:34 AM | Report abuse

Dear 2008 change...please don't get discourage of what you read here please. Its good to hear another voice from another country. I am proud to say that the United States people aren't all this bad. We have our problems like anywhere else in the world. Just remember that we are the free world and some take it to the extreme. But for the most part we are civil. As you can see on the world news that the United States is on the threshold of nominating a black man into the White House. Martin Luther King III dream was not in vain. GOD is on the side of the RIGHTEOUS. JESUS CHRIST is king of kings as quoted in scripture. THY WILL BE DONE, GOD BLESS YOU AND MY HEART BE WITH YOU!

Posted by: friend of 2008 change | September 7, 2008 5:59 AM | Report abuse

God forbid we should have educated, talented, hard working, high achievers in the Oval Office. What a horror that would be for Westmoreland!

I suppose Westmoreland thinks we only deserve leaders who are either born into wealth or married into it like Bush and McCain. Their ability to pretend to be like ordinary folk is wearing thin. Think Cindy McCain saying the only way to get around Arizona is by private plane!

As for "uppity"...of course he knew it was racist. I live in Malibu, California and even I knew that derogatory term. I suppose he doesn't know what redneck means.

Posted by: Tracy, CA | September 7, 2008 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Good article. The denotation of "uppity" has nothing to do with anything racial. However, it's the connotation that was used by the Congressman whose staff spins what he meant. We, the public, are not buying it, Congressman Westmoreland.

As an independent, I am pleased that we masses yearning to breathe free put our racist sentiments out on the table. It would be so cathartic. The other quote from the Iowa congressman about having that boy (I guess that was Senator Obama) in the White House...there was no code word there. Out in the open. Once it's out, we can deal with it once and for all. The Republicans are so deft with the onslaught of code words. However, that agility is not only in their domain. But it is hard to deny its preponderance during this campaign. Obama must be doing something right; however to have such a groundswell of support from whites, blacks and in-betweens from all walks of life. Republicans are running very scared.

Of course McCain played the race card at the end of his acceptance speech prior to his off-handed compliment to Obama.

Obama-Biden '08

Posted by: Dee from Rochester, NY | September 7, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Lorna posted information about Palin that should have been disclosed to the public. She gave birth to a special needs baby. I have watched the a baby with special needs the same as infant Trig. The parents are working poor and minority. I never witnessed them exploit their son in the manner this couple and the Republicans have, and he is 5 mos old. Its their son, if they want to use him, let them. Their daughter is pregnant, who cares. The Palins and the Repubs used it as a strategy to promote her social extremism. I just wonder why after all Sarah Palin's sanctimonious rantings her daughter didn't drink the Kool-aid. Why, oh why is the MSS remaing all but silent on the way the McCain campaign has dispatched operatives to squash an investigation the was in the makings months ago. This event with Palin was on NOW or Bill Moyers Journal a couple of months ago along with the expose on Ted Stevens and Jack Abramoff. After the Repub thugs smakced the MSS around over Palin they tucked their tails and ran. And you wonder why so many people turn to the National Enquirer and PBS. Do your jobs. Report news...STOP TRYING TO DRIVE ELECTIONS!!!

Posted by: Moxieme, Kansas City, MO | September 7, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans have to play white fears when their Presidential candidate has no new ideas and their VP candidate doesn't have any words of her own.

What's most cynical about this tactic is that it isn't even racism for racism's sake -- it's pure political expediency!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

All very nice and good about Palin but when Grandpa Simpson croaks, she's not ready to be President.

America's new crush on beauty queen Annie Oakley is an emotional and irrational reaction that clouds the truth.

Posted by: Roy | September 7, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

hmmm....I am still trying to figure out why people feel Obama is arrogant. I can understand confident..but not arrogant. He grew up not so wealthy and made something of himself. And if affirmative action was in play during the process then for once...it worked the way it was supposed to work.

As for 92% of the black vote going towards Obama...what is wrong with that? They have had to vote for some pretty crappy white nominees for a while now. They have did not like Jesse Jackson for a number of reasons and gave him the smack down not once but twice! BUT...they did like Obama despite Obama being mixed....hmmmm.....this is an interesting vote! BTW...anyone notice how Palin left her last church not too long ago because of their stance on Israel? Sounds a lot like the rev. Wright thing....but....its the invididual's feeling and not the church's feeling that counts the most.

Finally, being an effective community organizer is a tough job. A church does fill that role in many ways.....so...you fascist religious right republicans better take into account that being a community organizer is something that comes right out of the bible. Atleast Obama has done something for the people at such a grassroots level!

Posted by: Chefra | September 7, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse


Re: Trig Palin

I'm still not convinced that Trig isn't actually Bristol Palin's baby. The story surrounding the birth makes no sense. Medical records should be released.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Listen, to a Republican, anyone with an education is "uppity". What, with all those big words they use, you know that they've been around all those liberal professors, learning liberal lessons.

You Like clean air? Thank a liberal.
You like clean water? Thank a liberal.
You like safe food? Thank a liberal.

If you don't agree, site some legislation originated by a Republican Conservative that does anything for the Public Good.

Because, my friends, it is just against the Republican ideology to do anything to help anyone but themselves. It just breaks their hearts to do anything that Jesus would do. Talk the talk, don't walk the walk. Push old testament in your church to justify your ways. Anything to lie, deceive, and cheat the average American out of what they have earned.

Destroy our dreams, divide us, and continue to do so for the horrendously overcompensated few.

Please, people - quite swallowing the right wing propaganda machine. It's really not in your best interest.

Posted by: bmack | September 7, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous,
Neil Young is a Canadian that attempts to subvert the 'free-enterprise' system here in America. He is a socialist that, oh by the way, made millions of dollars here in the US selling his politically charged music to impressionable young Americans in the late sixties, and early seventies. His popularity though has waned in the last 3 decades due to his continued heroin addiction and the erosion of his bong-smoking, bohemian, anti-American base. Throughout the seventies and into the eighties, the hippies and anarchists grew up for the most part, got involved in the free-enterprise system and became productive members of society. Those that didn't grow up, didn't put the bong down and didn't 'get with it' make up the enormous base of the Democratic party.

Posted by: Steve | September 7, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Ah yes, anyone who doesn't agree with the War Machine party is somehow "Anti - American". And you are making some kind of association between Neil Young and Democrats.

Wow, you are a Shill, Steve. Still trying to get those associations going in people's minds. Swallowing the propaganda; to be a patriotic American, we all have to be soldiers who do not question anyone. Sorry, buddy, but the basis of a Democracy is an educated public, debate, and all of those good things that allow us to come to the right conclusions.

It isn't to allow the continued dominance of a few select industries, allowing fewer and fewer hands to control the media (all corporate hands with corporate interests).

Admit it Steve, you are fascist, and a very unpatriotic American.

Posted by: bmack | September 7, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I don't particularly like Republican party values. They lie, cover up, and lie again.
Further a panorama of the convention clearly shows that they are a pary of exclusion. What is said behind closed doors scares me even more than what they say up front. I have seriously begun to consider leaving america. I denounced the country years ago. Where I'll go, I don't know. I feel sorry for the people coming to america thinking this is the ultimate destination in life.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Well...speaking as a straight-man,she is a great-looking woman(I challenge any other "normal" straight American male, to argue-otherwise.).However...having said "all of that,"it does seem to me that The republicans (in 2008,)somehow are thinking that Sarah Palin(Is she any relation to Michael Palin,of "Monty Python fame?")
will(somehow) end-up being enough of a "pleasant-distraction,"from their failed-policies(of the past 8 years)that America's voters will somehow forget-that-fact.I don't think that that strategy will work(in 2008).Too many Americans are "worse-off"(to quote Ronald Reagan's often quoted standard,for "election to public office"),than they were in 2000.McCain has (quite simply)been as much a part of THE PROBLEM,as any other elected-Republican(check his voting record over the past 8 years).And so then...NOW(in 2008)...He and Sarah Palin are supposed to "suddenly"be "transformed"into "everything that will make the U.S.a better country??" I think NOT!!! And...I do not think that most Americans are stupid enough to believe "all that stinking-stuff,"either.

Posted by: E.Zanassol | September 7, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Race is that elephant in the room that no one in the mainstream media dares talk about. Macomb County, Michigan, where I live, borders Detroit. A conservative political committee has launched a negative attack ad only on Macomb County cable channels linking Barack Obama to Detroit's disgraced mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, one day after Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to two felonies and resigned as mayor. Now why Macomb County only, one might ask? The Detroit metro area is comprised primarily of Macomb, Wayne and Oakland Counties. Wayne is the home of Detroit; Oakland is home to white-collar, well educated professionals; Macomb is the original home of Reagan Democrats, blue-collar, socially conservative, less educated, and perhaps the most racially segregated county in the United States. The ad is a blatant racist appeal to the voters of Macomb County. In a close election, it won't take many who allow race to influence their presidential choice to move Michigan to the McCain side. And there will be more of these kinds of racist ads from the Republicans because they know it works. 20 years later, I can still picture clearly the Willy Horton ads Bush used so cynically and effectively to defeat Dukakis.

Posted by: Tim | September 7, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Steve,
I asked you a very simple question which only required three words bro...

YES and YES!

Not only did you not answer the question. Neil Young!

It took you over 100 words to respond with your non answer.

If you have nothing better to do? count them!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's comments about Obamas public service and her religon should be viewed in the biblical sense.. Jesus was a community organizer and Pontis Pilate who senentenced him to death was a Governor.. enough said...

Posted by: Don | September 7, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Zan,
stick to the facts dude...she's married and she's a pitbull that wears lip stick. I'm not the one who kisses my dogs and to be honest! when I see people letting their dogs lick them in the face or mouth. I have to wonder what they do behind closed doors. that's just some of the nastiest sh*t I've seen.lol...dogs lick themselves between their you know what? and people kisses the animal with the mouth to mouth!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, let's face it racism is a live and
well in America. They would rather put
someone that graduated 898 out a class of
899 and an unknown hockey mom that
attended 6 universities in 5 years in order
to get a BA degree in the White House. Also, one admits he committed adultry, the other one a possibility. Foreign Countries
are laughning so hard at America that
they are too racist to get it right.

Posted by: Caylee | September 7, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Sean-492003 disclose his true identity.

If he is the "native Wasilla resident who is not afraid to speak out about Sarah Palin" why won't he man-up and give his name.

Perhaps he's one of the miscreants that Mrs. Palin has pummeled during her tenuous tenure.

Posted by: TruthToDems | September 7, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been pandering to the white voter and ignoring the issues plaguing the black community--including institutional racism and entitlement politics that paralyze large parts of the black community.

Obama takes for granted the fact that 90% of his peeps will vote Dem regardless--and turn out in droves to vote for America's first actual black president--so he can dismiss them outright and, in doing so, shove some of the community's most outspoken personalities under his campaign bus.

The Rev. Wright case is a clear example of how he used his "uppity" articulateness to side-step the inconvenient truth that there are pockets of dissent like Wright's congregation (and the opposite in redneck white churches) throughout the length and breadth of this country.

He's a sham, Obama.

Posted by: WaPoRaceBater | September 7, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

WaPoRaceBater,

Okay, pray tell the McCain-Palin plan to improve the lives of black people.

McCain-Palin are also pandering to white people...where are those white people supposed to run to?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Every one is shocked everytime someone cries racism.. and the year is 2008. The United States has been in existence for over two hundred years. And we still are FRIGHTENED that we may be called a racist. (That is how most 'white' Americans feel.) It is not how most Black Americans feel, they are anti-white/anti-establishment... but they can not be racists.

I for one.. am white. While I am above average in intelligence... have a BS, Two Associate Degrees and an MBA. I am not an Obama FAN.

I was have NEVER been for him as a Democrat.. (37 years voting Democrat.) I was for Clinton.. and still am.

I researched his background and found glaring GAPS in his work history, I read his books, I evaluated his speeches, his posture, the look in his eye when he spoke, I evaluated him like I would any manager, vice-president or President of any company I have worked for. I evaluated him as a commander-in-chief, read everything about him I could find on the internet.

And came to the conclusion that he was a phony.. that his was an IMAGE that he had developed early on.. that he wanted to cover up aspects of his life that may lead others to doubt his self image.

He is intelligent, but he remains a mystery to main stream American. People have a tendency to only believe what they see on TV... in some cases what the read on the internet. Even what is posted in these blogs. But few of us.. will research an individual for obscure information.

He has the best PAID bloggers on the internet. His whiz kids have scoured the internet looking for any old comments about his past.. and had them removed.

His royal highness has deliberately not allowed individuals to see information regarding friends, classmates, grades, scholarships, girlfriends, sweethearts anything that makes him Normal.. it is as if he does not exist. Except for what he wants America to see and believe.

The Black Community, leaders, writers, journalists are all in his corner... because he is one of theirs... anyone that questions his ability, his background, his purpose, his values, his religion. The factors that make him a MAN that I would trust to lead me into combat, to lead our country into the next century.. Is called a racist.

He preaches about change, about how bad the Republicans have run the country.He offers THE SAME. based on his past history as a politician. NONE of the Democratic Party can NAME SPECIFICS about what he accomplished in the State Senate (Remember the Black Governor.. assigned him bills that others had done the development of , and then Obama took credit for their work.. Chicago Politics at its best.)

They know nothing... He become ANGRY when any white person dares to challenge him on anything he says or may have said that is incorrect. He is a fence sitter... sits on the fence while making a decision... then will continue to sit on the fence until he SEES what the majority want... then he jumps off the fence.. and takes credit for the solution.

Beware what you will get... if he is elected King of the United States. He wants a kingdom... Bush was our God..

Posted by: Bob Miller | September 7, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Bob Miller,

Brilliant. Can you do the same research on Sarah Palin and report back?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN...LOVING MOTHER,
CARING WIFE! NO NON SENSE SOCCER MOM, PROBABLY IS THE LOUDEST MOM ON THE FIELD.

THE TOUGHEST PITBULL ON THE FIELD, WALKING AROUND THE SOCCER FIELD THROWING HER PITBULL ATTITUDE AROUND IF YOU DISAGREE.

SCARING COMMON REFEREE/SOCCER DAD'S TO MAKE CALLS THAT FAVOR SOCCER PITBULL MOM AND GOV.

TALK ABOUT "GOOD OLE BOY NETWORK"

CAN YOU HEAR SARAH PALIN SCREAMING OUT THEIR IN HER KIDS GAME. THATS IF HER KIDS EVEN PLAY. I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THAT.

GOV. PALIN DEMONSTRATES THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO WIN AT ALL COST IS ESSENTIAL. WHICH WAS DEMONSTRATED AT THE (R) CONVENTION.

WHY WOULD A LOVING AND CARING MOTHER DRAG HER YOUNG CHILD THROUGH A ROOM OF LOUD AND SCREAMING PEOPLE.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT CHILD WAS GOING THROUGH AS (WIN AT ALL COST) SOCCER MOM WAS CARELESS IN THAT MANNER.

I KNOW NONE OF YOU REPUBLICANS HAVE PUT ANY THOUGHT INTO THIS. A LOVING AND CARING MOM WOULDN'T PUT ME THROUGH THIS.

DID YOU KNOW THAT I COULDN'T HEAR FOR ATLEAST TWO DAYS. BUT I BET YOU SAY, YOU'LL GET OVER IT.

DRAGGING ME THROUGH THAT CROWDED HALL WITH ALL THOSE SCREAMING PEOPLE WAS NOT FAIR TO ME. WHEN I GET OLD ENOUGH SHE WILL KNOW WHY I GOT OUR NEIGHBOR PREGNANT.

Posted by: baby autism | September 7, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

If 92% of African-American voters identify with (if not registered as) Democratic Party, why should it be any surprise that you see only a handful of blacks in the GOP? Why should 92% of African-American voters support a party that takes them for granted, ignores their fundamental needs and interests, and caters to white, middle-class swing voters?

I believe the very definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

The passive-indentured contingent of the black community should wake up, vote for McCain just to send the DEM party a message. However, even Rev. Wright and all of his parishioners who were collectively and summarily shoved under the campaign bus will blindly vote for Barack.

"Keep 'em all on the plantation, feed 'em, clothe 'em and don't beat them too hard they try to bolt"--it's a slaveowner's mantra that Obama is propagating. That's the racism Mr. Robinson, in all his Blackness, should be alarmed about.

Posted by: WaPoRaceBater | September 7, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

HELLO EVERYONE JUST TO REMING YOU, I WAS BORN IN 1813!

Posted by: UNCLE SAM | September 7, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Racebater,
those are those house ni**ers that never left the house. we who worked in the fields will never enter that house.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright never said anything that wasn't true. It is totally impossible for a black man to ever be a racist...ever!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

You'd be surprised how many have gotten comfortable on the plantation and have slowly crept into the house.

Finally white folks have a non-threatening negro to vote for so they may finally exorcise the demons of their slave-owning past. He'll give them all good cabinet posts. (At last Bush has more color in more senior roles in his cabinet/administration than even Bill Clinton).

Prep-school moms sing HOO-RAY! for Barry...uh...Barack our new Afro-American Icon who won't remind us of our racist and bigot tendencies. Every time the Po-Po's shoot a young black man with 51 bullets he's going to speak reassuring words to us that the hood-rats won't come burn and loot our Volvo/Saab neighborhoods.

Posted by: WaPoRaceBater | September 7, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Michael E. Hall
Fairfax, Virginia

I guess since Westmoreland didn't actually say the N word, then it is ok. However, it is disingenuous to say that Westmoreland did not know what the term uppity meant when referring to an African American. If this were 1964 she would have used the N word and several other derogatory remarks. Since times have changed southern republicans have to resort to code words to appeal to their yee haw redneck, treasonous confederate flag wearing, white hood wearing constituents like you Michael Hall. I know you and other people like you still pine away for the good old days when you could get away with lynching uppity African Americans who did not know their place. Why don't you have the stones to just come out and say it you coward? Don't hide behind semantic word shuffling and tell us how much of a racist you really are.

Oh, by the way I know all ten commandments which is more than your pal Westmoreland knows. Typical evangelical, always self righteous with other people's morals but as soon as you scratch the surface, they are exposed as hypocrites.

(5)”And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. (6)But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (7)And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. (8)Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. - Matthew 6.5-8 NASB

Bottom line Westmoreland = racist and hypocrite

Posted by: SERGIO | September 7, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

DON'T LET THEM TRICK YOU INTO THINKING I HAD EAR PROTECTION. THERE IS NO EAR PROTECTION FOR ME TO THINK OF. ALL I REMEMBER ARE THESE LOUD YEEHAA SOUNDS. I EVEN HAVE PICTURES TO PROVE I HAD NO EAR PROTECTION. I THOUGHT WE WERE HAVING ANOTHER SOCCER GAME WHEN HEARD ALL THESE YEEHAA'S.

Posted by: autism baby | September 7, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Uncle Sam wrote: "I was born in 1813".
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I thought Uncle Sam was born on the 4th of July, 1776?

You're an impostor.

Posted by: WaPoRaceBater | September 7, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

To answer any lingering questions you may that about whether or not you maybe RACIST or in DENIAL.

Simply switch the skin colors of the presidential and vice presidential candidates to the opposite.

Would their even be a question? For many of you NO there wouldn't be one.


Posted by: THINK | September 7, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

What McCain fails to add to the equation which is becoming increasingly obvious to me. Is that Obama will be a powerful force whether or not he wins the election.

Palin will be for ever be haunted by the pitbull reference and backwoods, rural type background for every mistake she makes. She will be shunned by many in her party not to mentioned those outside of it.

The weight of 8 years of the Bush administration and the failure of his administration to have any immediate success will come crashing down.

World Leaders will see a man who promoted 100 years of war and largely unknown woman with a little education in the background AND THEY WILL POUNCE.

Politics is like chess, its better to plan ahead.

Posted by: Randi | September 7, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I am an African-American male and hearing the word "uppity" is usually an adjective that proceeds the "N" word...and I don't mean a "noun". I think that Lynn Westmoreland knew exactly what he was saying. I can guarantee you, there were no brothers or sisters next to him when he said it.

Posted by: RacistWord | September 7, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Hi Eugene...love your articles, and seeing you on TV, keep up the great work.

I am a 46 year old, married, white female, soccer mom, from Oklahoma, and I've heard the term uppity used before and it was always used as a derogatory remark aimed at black males, who the individuals thought were living above their station in life or that the black male acted like he was better than them. Having said this, I have only heard it being used by white males above 60 years of age, and it has been a long time since I've heard it and I've never heard my generation or our young adults use it.

Have I ever heard it applied to a white male or female...No. I can tell you that Obama has the residents in Oklahoma really shook up. It was a shock to realize just how alive racism is in my own state. I thought we were way beyond this, but sadly there are a lot of people who will refuse to vote for Obama, in Oklahoma. The three main reasons are 1) He is black, 2) because of his middle name, and 3) people here still wrongly believe that he is muslim. Unbelievable...isn't it. I have tried numerous times to correct this misinformation and trust me, they will not listen.

Obama could possibly take Oklahoma City or Tulsa, where there are more liberals, but he will not be able to take the more rural areas, which is the majority of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma will vote extremely in McCain's favor. As for me, Obama has my vote and the vote of my family, and my husband's family. Thankfully Oklahoma does not have a lot of electoral votes!

Posted by: kd oklahoma | September 7, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Eugene...I think that racism is definitely alive in the comments posted to your story. I don't understand it, the racism, the hatred...I'm truly embarrassed by this type of behavior. Does anyone now believe that racism doesn't exist?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Plain and simple in my opinion uppity has no racial overtones/Mr Obama ia not qualified or capable to be a commander in chief/Im not crazy for mcaine /but he is the better leader. also that Rev Wright incident made up my mind

Posted by: JL | September 7, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I AMN'T SURPRISED FOR THE COMMENTS MADE BY LYNN WASTE...., BECAUSE EVERY WHITE AMERICAN IS A RACIST AND I DON'T CARE IF THEY DON'T ADMIT IT. I HEAR THEIR COMMENTS AND SEE THEIR ACTIONS EVERY DAY.

Posted by: Dick | September 7, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

uppity is a term with racial connotation but so is biden, his own vp, describing him as "clean" and "articulate".

mr. robinson is a democrat and supports obama. his point of view is that of an obama advocate.

calling out this congressman with such disdain, while giving biden the benefit of the doubt for his equally stupid remarks renders this article pointless.

i have yet to hear biden's explanation on what he meant but i have a pretty good idea.

the african american community does themselves a disservice for not using both parties for their gain.

racism doesn't have a party.

cl

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

I lived in Detroit for 12 years. i concur with what the taxi driver said. Don't use the "uppity" word unles you want your clock cleaned. The other one is "you people" And "community organizer" is the lastest work to be added to the kkk/rep racist code words list. Republicans are clearly pandering to the consverative racists for their votes.

Start listenng to Republicans,to McCain for the "code words" that are being used in-bashing

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 3:57 AM | Report abuse

Que Sarah Sarah whatever McCain McCain----Greg---http://us.imdb.com/name/nm2734923/

Posted by: GregbeingFrank | September 8, 2008 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Joshua from Jamaica, it is indeed an American thing you cannot understand: you never had to. "Uppity" is a code word for an N-word who does not know his place. The tendency of racists is to destroy "uppity" N-words. Racists used to just kill uppity N-words. Sometimes they still do...

Consider yourself informed.

Posted by: Shzron | September 8, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

“uppity.”, yuppity, who cares. He is a man with a plan. You know folks, if one does not go with the flow we are considered, criticized, labeled and usually correct in our words. It's the COWARD that throws stones and calls people names. In my days of growing up in Boston I and we usually kicked the name caller in the groin as I, we proceeded to kick the literal crap out of his foul mouth. I have the A&B charges against to prove it. TO bad to foul mouth individuals could not have the same ass whipping daddy never gave them. It all begins with SELF RESPECT. I guess they do not teach that is Government 101?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I forgot to post my name on my posting,
“uppity.”, yuppity, I hide from no man. My words are life learned and usually the TRUTH

Peter John

Posted by: Peter John | September 8, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

To JL who said:

"Plain and simple in my opinion uppity has no racial overtones/Mr Obama ia not qualified or capable to be a commander in chief/Im not crazy for mcaine /but he is the better leader. also that Rev Wright incident made up my mind"

Did you listen to Obama's speech regarding Rev Wright--in its entirety that is, not just soundbites and excerpts, packaged and spun for you by your favorite media personality? To me it was landmark, courageous, totally honest and completely spot on, absolving no one of responsibility for lingering racism in America.

I encourage everyone to read the transcript of this speech--one of the best of its kind ever delivered in my opinion--by following this link. Open your mind, and read it all the way through, keeping in mind that Obama wrote the entire speech with little editing by advisors and speech-writers on his staff.

http://tinyurl.com/5h65t3

Posted by: SJ | September 8, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

>>I don't have to apologize for this bozo, he's not related to me, he's not my son, or relative.<<
He's a leader of your party and he is a bigot.
Care to turn from the dark side?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Now that Senator Obama is on the ropes, he can now play the race card! I changed my position about him because Senator Obama cannot be a change agent. This became obvious quite early into the primary against Senator Clinton.

He was playing the typical, old-way politics all along. The very first sign that he could not be for change was when he courted the support of the washington establishment, i.e. Ted Kennedy. Don't get me wrong, Senator Kennedy is a respectable and an excellent senator. However, along with "old timers" democrats and republicans alike, they all play partisan politics all the time.

If Senator Obama was for "REAL" change, he would have and should have opted to not have the support of anyone inside washington. You will say this would have been political suicide! True, but then again, that is the only way "REAL" change can be had. Once he played the "old game" with the "old players", what is there to trumpet about change? Then, it became just another, typical election.

That's why, i'm also now voting the "old" typical way of voting -- choosing the one who i think is the best qualified. You see, like many others, I would have been willing to give him my vote, even knowing that his qualifications don't add up for the sake of "REAL" change. I thought it would have been worth it. But if he is playing the "old game" anyway, why should i take the risk? Additionally, Senator Obama makes me feel like a fool and outright stupid that I would continue to believe and vote for him when he hasn't shown any genuine effort that he is for change.

His backers are the "old players", his policies are "old policies" and he has adopted "old politics" in his quest for the nomination and specially in trying to win the general election. So where is the change coming from, or what kind of change does he mean?

Posted by: Was4obamab4iwasagainsthim | September 8, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

TruthToDems asks:

"Why doesn't Sean-492003 disclose his true identity."

Umm...SHE did. You obviously didn't read the entire post because it was challenging your pre-conceived notions too much.

This is exactly the problem with Americans right now. There is little inclination to approach information-gathering with an open mind and to deeply absorb the complexities of the full volume of that information; to discuss differences with civility and respect; to remain open to the fact that such deep analysis and civil discussion could reveal that some of our own views might actually be mistaken.

It's just too much work. We've been seduced by our favorite media outlet to accept THEIR take on things. Bits of information are removed from their deeper context, and spun and distorted in ways that are designed to provoke visceral reactions. Since we don't want to be bothered investigating issues on our own in any depth, these false messengers are able to impose their agenda and galvanize public opinion for or against a particular person or position with relative impunity.

We've become parrots, and because of this, civil discourse and constructive disagreement have all but died.

Anne Kilhenny is no parrot, and I applaud her for standing up and presenting a cohesive case. For her efforts she will undoubtedly be pummelled by parrots, though. The name-calling has already begun.

Posted by: SJ | September 8, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Dear "Was4obama.."

I'm sorry, but I really don't believe that you were ever for Obama. If you were, you didn't listen to him very closely for any length of time, or you wouldn't ask "where is the change coming from, or what kind of change does he mean?" He is consistently speaking to just those points on a regular basis.

With due respect, I think that it is more likely that you were never for Obama, but are making the rounds trying to plant seeds of doubt. "Old politics" indeed.

Posted by: SJ | September 8, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh..It's on nice to see the disintegration of the Angry, Gay, Bigoted, Left in America.

Bonehug!!!

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 8, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Will the word "uppity" ever be allowed to be used again without racial connotations?

Before this topic arose, if I'd done a word association with "uppity", it sure wouldn't have resulted in the N-word. Probably would've been "child", subtly reminding me of the time my father told my sister that she was "getting too big for her britches".

But guess what now? I am going to associate "uppity" with the N-word. Will "uppity" become as taboo as the N-word? Will I not be able to call a friend "uppity" if I want?

Instead of calling attention to this old fart's idiocy and introducing a new generation to racist terms (thus prolonging their existence), people should just shake their head at the loser and wait until he and his contemporaries gone and forgotten.

Posted by: Mike | September 8, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

There is a reason why the Southern portion of the US has never moved beyond the agricultural economy in most parts. Its because of such Congressmen, living in the 18th century ideas

Posted by: Artman | September 8, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

uppity is uppity whether you are black or white do we have to change our dictionary because some words offend black or Mexicans or Jewish people get a life if a white person starts ridiculing and talking down to people and as to do everything in dramatic fashion he would be uppity if a black or hispanic or any other person does it he to would be uppity. Michelle said it right in her last interview she and Barack came from humble beginnings and trough hard work and perseverance they got where they are today. in other words if they can do it with the start they had, then so can other black people.what is it with minorities that want all the rights of other folks, plus extra rights because of their race.this country will never be unified as long as we continue to be held accountable for something that happened before we were born enough already if you are African first then go cry to Africa or Mexico ect if your American first then lets move on

Posted by: ajohnt | September 8, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

It is still amazing to see how a few respondents to this blog ignore racist commentary and historically racist terms. To the virginian who claimed not to have heard of "uppity", you are either a liar or living in a cave somewhere because that is a well known and commonly used racist term. I am reminded of the Columbia noose event era claims by southerner that they 'did not know a noose was a racially charged symbol', or the trent lott scandal and southerners claiming the extremely unbelievable 'no one remembers Strom Thurmonds anti-segregation stances in the south' (except the fact that this was his only and most popular stance). Dishonesty is an ugly thing, and it is a shame that certain groups, mainly southern republican conservatives, are going to continue to embarrass other republicans by holding up the knuckle dragging end of politics, racial identity politics.

Posted by: George | September 8, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Well we all know that race has been a big factor in this race from the very beginning. Since last April Obama had to have the Secret Service because of the death threats and harm to his family just because of the color of his skin. It really ticks me off when Palin cries sexism to the newspaper to act as if she is a victim. While Obama has never once cried racism in this race. And we all know the uphill battle he is fighting because of it. We all know Whites will move out of the neighborhoods if a black family moves in so we know they sure don't want us in the White House. Where will they move to, out of the country. No one wants to admit just how much race is in this political season but if you are Black then you know very well. Why try to hide it. Why not face the truth we still live in a very racist society. You can not open your newspaper and not see an article dealing with some racial issue. And I bet that Palin will use the N-----word in a hot minute without giving it a second thought. Her is a woman whose husband and possibly even herself was part of the Alaska Independent Party whose mission is to secede from the US. Which by the was is unconsitutional. Abe Lincolon went to war behind the South wanting to secede from the Union. So what are they trying to escape from? But this is the woman everyone wants as the VP a breath away from the Presidency. Oh my God! They say McCain is a war hero and for that reason we owe him the Presidency. McCain is still fighting the Viet Nam War. He was a soldier that was doing the job that he enlisted to do. He had the strenght and courage to survive being a POW, but he came home alive. He is not a hero, my hero is the man that can never excape cruel and unfair treatment just because of the color of his skin. My hero is the man that has put his life on the line for this country because he loves and believes in all its possibilites. Yet knowing each time he is in a crowd at any minute a shot could ring out and kill him. Yet he goes on. Not for himself, but for us. What more could you ask of a man. You do not see Obama use race to be a victim or to make the American voter feel that America owes him something. But McCain has used his service to the point where it is an excuse for everything and a reason for our vote. He wants us to think he has done so much for this country because he was a POW. He just needs to thank his God that he was able to come home again. So many others didn't. So many others are homeless while he has 7 houses. So many others are not getting the medical treatment that he can so easily obtain for himself. No he is no hero, he has tarnished that image for himself.

Posted by: Cokomo | September 8, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

If you look hard enough, everything seems "racially charged." I'm white and I dont like being called cracker or whitey. So when that lets up, I'll care about your sensitivities. Maybe it's time to take a page from Bill Cosby and stop trying to blame white people for everything.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Well I think
1. Senator is retard and has nothing to do in Senate
2 Senator knows what he is talking about and then he is racist
Simple like that. When I told my wife what Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) said about Barack Obama she went balistic and said after "uppity" is just N....we live in Virginia and down here everybody knows meaning of word "uppity"
If the Senator is from Georgia and lives there then his explanations are just BS.
hat a pity MSM has no time to pay attention to it and need to run behind Barracuda Palin instead paying attention to the racist slurs.

Posted by: Jarda | September 8, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see the Word Police have made “uppity” illegal.

Who cares?????????

What’s next? Cornhole?

Why don't you all realize that it is the Angry Gay Left that is destroying this country?

Bonehug!!!

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 8, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

From the looks of the Comments - The Washington Post had the comment waiting in hand - maybe even helped write it from

Posted by: Lorna | September 4, 2008 7:59 PM.

Seriously, do you think that we would all fall for this one? We LOVE Sarah!

Posted by: Marlene from Mississippi | September 8, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

As a European i face Racism every day. Ra cism in America is in every aspect of life and against anyone who isn't white,SUPPORTED BY THE SYSTEM. Why all of you Rednecks or KKK or whatever you call your selfs are insulted by this article ? isn't only about "uppity" or blacks. I thought that you are proud to be called Racists anyway !

Posted by: Mario | September 8, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that the racist remark of ONE PERSON would even catch your attention when 92% OF BLACKS VOTED FOR OBAMA.

The racist WORDS of one person seem a somewhat less important when they're compared with the racist ACTIONS of a large population.

Racism in all its forms is deplorable, but it's hypocritical to focus on the tree while at the same time ignoring the forest.

Posted by: GM | September 4, 2008 9:34 P
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I suspect that a large % of the black voters who voted did vote for Obama but I'm going to guess that not being part of a group of people that have been told in no uncertain terms that they are less than their non black counterparts, you could never understand the pride those people saw in this clean, articulate, educated, well spoken young man who stood up to tell America what he'd like to see our nation become. A nation of people working toward a common cause for all of its citizens not just those who can afford $500 shoes or private jets. No, I don't think you could understand that.

And by the way, that was not racist. That was pride in support of a man of color who by every odds they could have imagined would ever even be able to stand there as a contender.
You also fail to understand that Obama didn't win the primary because of black people. Not all black people are registered democrats. He won, despite the Clinton machine that got in its own way, and because of white people who liked what he had to say. And funny isn't it how no one ever complained about black people voting before en masse for white politicians. But again, can't imagine you would understand that, either..

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I've never heard of uppity, except as in saying somebody is arrogant. That quality transcends race. Barack is half-white. So what's the dilly?

Can a white person be uppity? Or is this uppity label like those old anti-miscegenation laws- i.e. just one drop of black blood means you are legally black, and therefore have the capacity to get uppity. WTF, I wasted 3 minutes thinking about this pointless crap.

This is a tempest in a teapot. You're as paranoid as Roddy Piper in "They Live". The people who made race a stigma are no longer a societal force; they are dying off in droves, because they are old and many have poor dental hygiene.

Posted by: Gerald McBoingBoing
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Sorry you wasted minutes but did you have trouble recognizing that America doesn't see Mr. Obama as part of the white race? It doesn't matter that the three major influences in his life, to whom he shares blood ties were white.
Black people, in general embrace him because they often embrace the underdog (ala Bill Clinton). But Mr. Obama's skin color gives him away and those who have lived through the innuendos or slights of words like uppity know very well that the second word often to follow it is n*gger. If you don't live it, it's hard to understand. and I wish I could explain it better but that's just how it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Is there any other words, through out the "entire" dictionary, that we cannot use to describe, without offending you?
Up´pish: Def-
a. 1. Proud; arrogant; assuming; putting on airs of superiority.
Related Words:
affected, brash, conceited, forward, (high and mighty), highfalutin, hoity-toity, overweening, presuming, (pushful, pushing, putting on airs of superiority, self-asserting, self-assertive, self-important), snobbish, snooty, snotty, stuck-up, !!UPPITY!!
There are, both, negative and (positive) definitions of this word!
It is up to you which word(s), to use!
GET, out of your past! You are keeping youselves in "your" slave-holes. Martin Luther King and his 'dream' is dead. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton hasn't help you at all. If you are above these 'offensive' word's, then PROVE it! As Bill Cosbey would say, "straighten up and fly right"!

Posted by: KK | September 8, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

To: KK

Gooooooooooooood try bro-ham! But, if you knew what you were talking about! You would be dangerous to yourself!

Posted by: OBAMA POLL WATCHER | September 8, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, As long as some folks think their above the law they can say and do what the want without being beat over the head with it. It's perfectly clear that the republicians are the Elists here the McCain's are the richey rich but can do no wrong. Along with their special interest groups. But they can allow to belittle the Obama's and get away with it because of they are white and it's okay for them to do it.

Along as the media plays fair in their eyes they will keep attacking Senator Obama and the polls will jump on the McCain ban wagon along with the TV & Cable networks the Big Corporations. Now, adding the Yahoo, Google, MSN, and Cnn networks how are on McCain's payroll.

They're doing everything in their power to distort and print lies that comes from McCain network of lobbyist, to Rush Limbaugh to Foxnews.....

I can't wait to Nov 4th comes around when this media circus is over what will they report next more lies...about Obama so he can get impeached....

Obama/Biden - 08

Posted by: Jacie - San Leandro, Ca | September 8, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Thelonemule

I think Thelonemule has the market cornered on being and angry and gay. Too much sean hannity without the crisco if you know what I mean.

Hey Thelonemule, keep pining away for the good old days of confederate flags, noose, and lynching uppity black folk and all other undesirables. Anglo Saxon bigots like you will soon be in the minority - most likely in 2040. How well shall you fare when you become the victim of racism instead of the dirty scumbag perp.

Bonehug
Bonehug
Bonehug

PS Why don't you just come out already and stop your self loathing.

Posted by: sergio | September 8, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I bet the Republicans will shorten his leash next time. He is officially silenced for now.
It is up to the Palin /McCain ticket to pick it up from here and continue on the the Racist Republic machine historical ways of taking off their "Hoods" in public, because now it is popular to make racist blunders.

Posted by: dcdave01 | September 8, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

phrase for the day

sean hannity N. 1. Inserting ones f_ _ t into a fox viewer's "sun don't shine" without the crisco.

Posted by: sergio | September 8, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

fist

Posted by: sergio | September 8, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

So is the term 'uppity' hip or racist? I'm confused.

www.uppitynegro.com

Posted by: joh | September 9, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Joh,
cute, you would be confused! it seems to me to be awarness. but if you took the time to read instead being cute. you wouldn't be confused. tax payers money down the drain. "BUSH" AND "ROVE" needs to go!

Posted by: shaka zulu | September 9, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

NO ONE HERE LIKES, THE LIKE OF SEAN HANNITY HERE.

SEAN HANNITY IS ONE OF THE BIGGIST RACIST REPUBLICAN TALKING HEADS WE'VE EVER SEEN.

SEAN HANNITY USES THE TELEVISION TO CONTINUE HIS RACIST RHETORIC.

Posted by: MSNBC | September 9, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

sean hannity has wet dreams of getting sean hannitied by Keith Olbermann.

second word of the day

Trig: n. 1. A political prop often used by the republican Reich.

Used as a sentence:

The governor used a Trig to deflect scrutney of her Christian Theocratic aspirations for world domination.

Posted by: Pope Sergius V | September 9, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Racist whites start acting like Pee Wee Herman when called out on their racism, or issues dealing with race.

The same sort of "reverse racism", black racist accusations made by these right-wing bigots are nothing but the same old "I know you are but what am I..." retort popularized by the Paul Reubens character and childrens TV show.

Posted by: Bootney Fonsworth | September 10, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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