Wednesday, September 10, 2008

LIPSTICK ON A PIG VERSUS UPPITY, ARROGANT, ALOOF, PRESUMPTUOUS

It's amazing how Republicans have the ability to recognize the phrase "Lipstick on a Pig" can be used in a condescending manner when referring to women. But, they seem to be totally oblivious when the words uppity, arrogant, aloof, and presumptuous are racist code words when referring to people of color. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia recently said, "just from what little I've seen of her and Mr. Obama, they're a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they're uppity." When asked about his uppity remark, Rep. Westmoreland said he had no idea the word uppity had racial overtones. I'm willing to bet if Rep. Westmoreland was asked does he think Sen. Obama remarks about 'lipstick on a pig' was used in a sexist manner and was he referring to Gov. Sarah Palin, he would say, "yes, everybody knows the phrase made by Sen. Obama was a sexist remark aimed at Gov. Palin."

I guess now we're in the business of just pleading ignorant and apologizing, and everything is forgiven. John McCain recently apologized for voting against Dr. Martin Luther King birthday becoming a federal holiday in front of a 90% Black audience, actually I accept his apology. What I don't accept, Sen. McCain's inability to explain why he voted against the legislation in the first place. Here's the bottom line, everybody know Sen. Obama wasn't referring to Gov. Palin when he made the lipstick comment. Everybody also know, when media pundits say people still don't know Obama, what they're really saying is, there are a lot of White people who are still not comfortable with a Black man as President.

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