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Rep. Westmoreland says he was clueless in making ‘uppity’ comment about the Obamas September 5, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in News, Obama, Politics, Repiglicans.

LA Times

September 5, 2008

Heretofore little-known Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia was born in 1950 in Atlanta and was raised in one of its surrounding communities.

Which means the Republican grew up at a time when the racial divide in the South was stark, a time when Jim Crow laws helped enforce a segregationist credo that limited opportunities for blacks, a time when — as an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article puts it today — “uppity” was “a word applied to African-Americans who tried to rise above servile positions.”

But to hear Westmoreland tell it, he had no clue he was using a racially tinged word when, as reported by The Hill newspaper, he said in Washington this week: “Honestly, I’ve never paid that much attention to Michelle Obama. Just what little I’ve seen of her and Sen. [Barack] Obama, is that they’re a member of an elitist class … that thinks that they’re uppity.”

The remark, the Journal-Constitution reports, quickly “zipped around the Internet, causing Westmoreland’s office phones to ring off the hook.” Source Article



1. trouble97018 - September 6, 2008

No clue my fat butt! He said exactly what he meant. The only word he didn’t use started with “N”, but you can bet everything you own that he was thinking it!


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