How's This for Coded?

From The Hill:

Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland used the racially-tinged term “uppity” to describe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.

Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech with reporters outside the House chamber and was asked to compare her with Michelle Obama.

“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.”

Other Democrats have charged that the Republican campaign to paint the Illinois senator as an “elitist” is racially charged, and accused them of using code words for “uppity” without using the word itself.

In August, Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) told reporters, “When I hear the word ‘elitist’ linked with Barack Obama, to me, that is a code word for ‘uppity.’ I find it extremely offensive and John McCain should know better.”

Political consultant David Gergen, who has worked in both Republican and Democratic White Houses, said on ABC’s “This Week” that “As a native of the south, I can tell you, when you see this Charlton Heston ad, ‘The One,’ that’s code for, ‘He’s uppity, he ought to stay in his place.’ Everybody gets that who is from a Southern background.”

I never want to hear another Republican feign ignorance about the Party’s nods to racist fears. Nobody is buying it.

UPDATE: Obama responds. “I’ve been called worse on the basketball court.”



Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.
  • Grump

    This shit is getting ridiculous! You’ve got on the one hand someone who is not qualified by most standards to be selected as VP(Condi has a better resume) and then you have a well-educated biracial black man running for Pres. who is now being painted as ‘uppidity” when not two damn months ago folks were calling him a muslim extemist militant.

  • You know, I’m not even mad at this guy. He served up the racism just the way I like it: obvious and piping hot.

    I’m annoyed with the media who will call this a “racially charged” statement, instead of a RACIST statement. It’s like calling a lie a lie. They just can’t bring themselves to do it.

    And even better, if Obama were to call this racist, HE would be accused of injecting race into the election.

  • ladyfresshh

    you are delivering the good G.D.

    and yeah i peeped that basketball comment…i winced though