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    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.”
    Rep. Westmoreland (R-GA) calls Obama "uppity"; UPDATED w/ audio | Crooks and Liars
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    Im not for him/them but Uppity sure doesnt come to mind when I think of them. Who is this lady?
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    Wow another one crawls out of the woodwork. One day one of them is going to let out the N word soon. They are using codewords right now but its only a matter of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ana-mish-ana View Post
    Wow another one crawls out of the woodwork. One day one of them is going to let out the N word soon. They are using codewords right now but its only a matter of time.
    It's coming.

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    It'll slip accidentally by some right wing radio freak. And Westmoreland....wasn't/isn't there a general with that name? I must investigate.
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    OK, she is a he and here's more:

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

    Rep. 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."

    That furor, in turn, prompted the two-term congressman to issue the following statement:

    I’ve never heard that term used in a racially derogatory sense. It is important to note that the dictionary definition of ‘uppity’ is ‘affecting an air of inflated self-esteem -- snobbish.’ That’s what we meant by uppity when we used it in the mill village where I grew up.

    The Ticket finds it amazing that someone with such a sheltered upbringing could achieve such success in life.Rep. Westmoreland says he was clueless in making 'uppity' comment about the Obamas | Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles Times
    I love when people try to lie their way out of things. Hell, I'm younger and did not grow up in the south but I sure as hell know what he meant by 'uppity'.

    Oh, and he's also the chucklehead who wants to put the ten commandments in all public buildings. Looks like we've got a racist fundie on our hands. Big Surprise.
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    I did grow up in the south and "uppity N----r" is a stock racist term When do you ever hear "uppity" anymore? I had not heard it in years and year--until this election cycle.
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    It is amazing to me how topsy turvy this election has become - the Dems are united with a single, solid coherent plan and message and the Repbs are fracturing and in-fighting and losing their shit. The Dems are the fiscally responsible party. It is unbelievable. I guess the era of lock-step Newt/Rove Repubs is coming to an end. Let them unite behind Sarah Palin!! I also like that hate politics is being called and challenged and truth checked.

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    Being of Canadian birth, I didn't know the term "uppity" meant a black trying to act out of his class. I know it now, but I was pretty protected growing up. But I guess Westmorland being my age and from Georgia can't use that excuse. We did make a trip down south when I was 12 and it was so so racist I've never forgotten and have never wanted to go back. so I think he had to know what he was saying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaMama View Post
    It is amazing to me how topsy turvy this election has become - the Dems are united with a single, solid coherent plan and message and the Repbs are fracturing and in-fighting and losing their shit. The Dems are the fiscally responsible party. It is unbelievable. I guess the era of lock-step Newt/Rove Repubs is coming to an end. Let them unite behind Sarah Palin!! I also like that hate politics is being called and challenged and truth checked.
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    Okay, seriously, I didn't know uppity was a word that was racist. Honestly. Theres been so much racism in this campaign, but I can't fault this one because I have never heard uppity used in such a fashion. Growing up, I though uppity meant snobby. I feel really ignorant now because I read this article and was like, "wait, how is this racist?"
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    I'm from a rural area and we use the word "uppity" to refer to someone who simply thinks they are above others, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. It's not necessarily a racist term like some would have you believe. The way everything is being turned into "code" words for black is getting old in this election.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LastLook View Post
    I'm from a rural area and we use the word "uppity" to refer to someone who simply thinks they are above others, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. It's not necessarily a racist term like some would have you believe. The way everything is being turned into "code" words for black is getting old in this election.
    Uppity does have various uses. Black people have called other black people uppity, and whites have called each other uppity. But historically in the South, whenever somebody white refers to somebody black as 'uppity' it generally has a racist meaning of 'not knowing their place.'

    And considering that Barack and Michelle could be the first black President and First Lady and they're being called 'uppity' pretty much screams racism. When was the last time somebody called a white presidential candidate and his wife 'uppity?'

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    ^Exactly. This chucklehead was using that term as a slur. There is no other explanation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    Uppity does have various uses. Black people have called other black people uppity, and whites have called each other uppity. But historically in the South, whenever somebody white refers to somebody black as 'uppity' it generally has a racist meaning of 'not knowing their place.'

    And considering that Barack and Michelle could be the first black President and First Lady and they're being called 'uppity' pretty much screams racism. When was the last time somebody called a white presidential candidate and his wife 'uppity?'
    Exactly. The way I have heard uppity used is it usually followed by the n-word. Fortunately as an adult I have been able to distance myself from most racism because I choose who I hang out with, so I haven't heard this term in a while. Is the person who said it older? I doubt anyone under 40 would say "uppity" in this day and time.

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