Booker Rising: Ave Tooley on Jive And Game

Booker Rising (9/9/08)

Ave Tooley on Jive And Game

The black moderate-conservative blogger writes: “Politics is dirty. We already knew that. What really gets on my nerves about it is the word games people play. Particularly annoying to me personally is the say-something-ridiculously-biased-then-say-I-didn’t-mean-it-in-an-offensive-way game. Seriously. I’m not one of those people who believes that racism is lurking around every corner, but I know it when I see it. The whole uppity remark [by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a conservative Republican from Georgia]? That was the real deal. I think what bothers me so much about it is not that the dude said it; it’s not even that the dude who said it is an elected representative. Naw, what bothers me is when I see otherwise well-meaning people try to shoot between wind and water to render a neutral reading of the statement. It is what it is.


Atlanta Journal Constitution: Political Insider: Barack and Michelle Obama are ‘uppity,’ says Lynn Westmoreland

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Political Insider (9/4/08)

Barack and Michelle Obama are ‘uppity,’ says Lynn Westmoreland

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, who was born and raised in the South, said Thursday that he’s never heard the word “uppity” used in a racially loaded fashion — and meant nothing more than “elitist” when he applied it to Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

“If anyone read more into it, no undercurrent was intended,” Westmoreland spokesman Brian Robinson said this evening.


TalkLeft: Uppity

TalkLeft (9/4/08)


“It was only a matter of time before Republican officials shifted from oblique racially-charged language to brazen racially-charged language,” wrote Steve Benen, author of a blog for Washington Monthly magazine.


The Atlantic: Ta-Nehesi Coates: Michelle Obama–“uppity”

The Atlantic: Ta-Nehesi Coates:

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland: Michelle Obama–“uppity”

I wouldn’t call the elitist charge racist. Certainly it’s been used against non-black politicians, and no party has a monopoly on populism. But still:

“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.

Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”


The Onion: Portrayal Of Obama As Snob Hailed As Step Forward For Blacks

The Onion:

Portrayal Of Obama As Snob Hailed As Step Forward For Blacks

HuffPo: Gergen: McCain Using Code Words To Attack Obama As “Uppity”

HuffPo: Gergen: McCain Using Code Words To Attack Obama As “Uppity”