They Finally Call The Obamas “Uppity”

All was missing was the “Negro” part. WEB DuBois would be proud.

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

The “Straight Talk Express” has taken a hard right turn. And personages in the party of Abraham Lincoln are using language left behind in the 1960s.

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., was chewing the fat with reporters in the U.S. Capitol and was asked to compare Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama.

“Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Senator Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks they’re uppity.”

“Asked to clarify that he used the word ‘uppity,’ Westmoreland said, ‘Uppity, yeah,’ ” the newspaper The Hill reported.

OK. Who wants to start the countdown for when folks start dropping “darkie,” “buck” and “coon” in casual conversations and interviews? They have to start off low on the offensive scale. They’re going to save “nigger” for late October.

Places please, Negras! We can’t have you all running around thinking you’re free and shit. Someone needs to bring the cotton harvest in!

This latest incident should dovetail nicely with the overt, not covet, in-your-face, sit-down-and-shut-up bigotry Michelle is dealing with. How dare she be black AND have a vagina? Obviously she deserves our scorn.

I can now see why sister hits the gym so hard. She’s prepared to take a mutha down if her Secret Service detail falls short.

Some alleged “PUMAs,” those faux Hillary Clinton-loving dead-enders, put out a few, ahem, racist videos depicting Michelle Obama with a man both in drag and blackface. (Via of Michelle Obama Watch, by Rumproast)

“Michelle” is referred to as a “goddamn bitch” by one of her two white slaves and the “grand dragon” of the NAACP (“National Association for the Annihilation of Caucasian People”) is introduced, replete with a black hood and robe. And the dreck doesn’t end there.

If this were a simple parodist jaunt it would still miss the mark by a thousand feet. See? When something is racist there is very little room for debate. Racism can be covert, but this is “knock you over with a two-by-four” obvious. If you don’t think this is racist I got a DW Griffith film to show you.

Some of the black characters are played by white actors with make-up, particularly those characters who were required to come in contact with a white actress. The person playing the Cameron’s maid is not only clearly white, but is also obviously male. (“The Birth of a Nation,” Internet Movie Database trivia)

Some shit never changes. This is what happens when black folks forget their place!

18 thoughts on “They Finally Call The Obamas “Uppity”

  1. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!I almost used that pic for my blog post!But you know my blog numbers are THROUGH THE ROOF today after that gaffe, well hell, it wasn’t a gaffe Westmoreland knew what he was saying.But yeah, I was waiting for it to come out.

  2. In a way, it almost delights me, because it just shows that through all their patriotic, equality-spouting, show-pony trotting, talk of equality and opportunity, they’re just a bunch of racist fucks at heart.Actually, the Obamas know their place, and it’s in the White House, bitches.But it doesn’t delight me because there are too many Americans who identify with it. Who refer to Obama as “boy”.Also, congrats on your awards, Snob.

  3. I can only imagine the momentum of this story. You’re right though. I totally picture Michele Obama being the, “get out of my way, I’m going slap this dude” kind of 1st lady, something long overdue in the White House.

  4. WOW! Well I’m not surprised after the sideshow we saw during the RNC convention. And they talk about the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. I just wrote a post on my blog called, “What if Cindy McCain was Black?” Maybe I should change the Black to another word, because I know it’s coming soon.Change happens if you like it or not.

  5. How did we get from “Uppity” to Racism? That’s a stretch.Right wingers have often referred to left wing politicos as elitists and those that do not practice what they preach.To suggest that referring to Obama as uppity is some how tied to race is looking for a race issue when there isn’t one. I expect better.

  6. Hell no. it was no mistake.No WHITE MAN, born and bred in the South, is unaware of what UPPITY means when referencing a BLACK MAN.As Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote:Uppity is exactly the term white thugs and terrorists used to use for high-achieving blacks–right before they burned down their neighborhoods and ran them out of town. Only this time, they’re going for the whole countryAnd, I love the graphic used in the beginning of this post. You’re always on point, SNOB. Before it’s all said and done,NIGGER will be said. (I hate ‘ the ‘N’ word.It’s an ugly muthuphucking word,if you’re going to say it, be a man about it).

  7. joe schmoe: you just don’t know what you’re talking about… at first, your comment makes be furious, but i realize that it’s my job to educate you (if you are indeed being genuine — which i believe) …the word “uppity” is deeply entrenched in southern racism… The label “Uppity nigger” has a long, long history and I don’t really feel like typing it out (I’m tired, mad, and it’s Friday)…I assume you’re neither from the South nor Black, so maybe you’ve never heard of it; but, believe me, every Black person and every Southerner (including this congressman who will soon hear from me) has!If you need evidence that this isn’t new or imagined, just google “uppity nigger” (link kindly provided) and peruse through the 50,000 or so entries… entertaining stuff…<A HREF="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=uppity+nigger&btnG=Search“ REL=”nofollow”>Google: Uppity NiggerWhat kills me is that this, an example of true, down home racism is going to blow away, but Don Imus (who was certainly wrong, but not nearly *this* wrong — and not a f**kin’ congressman) is the biggest story in the country for 2 months.. dammit..

  8. uppidity negro…it’s a matter of time before the king of ugly words comes out…that’s usually the desperate last straw the repubs pull when they’ve got nothing else…

  9. I am a conservative (not republican) white ex-northerner living in the south. I have some understanding as to how offensive ‘uppity’ is, and what the history of that label is. I recently skimmed (thats all I have time for nowadays) a book about the massacre in Wilmington NC around the turn of the century (1900) and it happened because the blacks were getting too ‘uppity’. Having said that, I am extremely opposed to Obama not because of his race but because he espouses the typical leftist views, which these days veer towards socialism and even communism. He is the same a Gore or Kerry. these systems are bad for blacks, whites, everybody. they are bad for freedom. I don’t care what color you are. I care about what you believe, what you believe the role of gov’t is, and what your character and experience is. If Colin Powell were running, I would vote for him over Mccain.I’m getting sick of media folks telling me that I dont trust obama because he is black or that Im not ready to vote for a black person.

  10. @ Anony 11:18 – and we black folk are getting kinda sick of white folk telling us what “systems” are bad for us. Patronizing much? I don’t know whether you’re not voting for Obama because he is black, I don’t know you. I do know that I’m kinda sick of white folks assuming I’m voting for Obama because he is black. Maybe, just maybe, I too, have a brain. Maybe I think an Obama/Biden ticket will fill my ideal role of what gov’t is and will create systems that are good for black, white, brown, everyone.Take another look around and tell me how my people are doing after 8 years of conservatists. Compassionate conservatism my black a**.

  11. hey anonymous@11:18 – i’ve been paying pretty close attention to the media coverage too… they say *some* white voters don’t trust obama because he’s black… they say America might not be ready for a Black president, but they’re not talking about all white voters or even those who choose not to vote for obama… it’s a factor, and it’s certainly worth discussing… keep in mind that every other demographic group gets pretty much treated as a monolith except yours… “What does the Hispanic vote think?” “What does the Catholic vote think?” i’m very sure that if you had simply posed your oppositions to obama (even without the qualifying disclaimers) no-one would called you a racist… however, having engaged the discussion from a defensive position (“I’m getting sick of media folks telling me…”) can easily bring about a hostile response…

  12. This is too funny:http://www.ajc.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/ajc/bookman/entries/2008/09/05/uppity_the_explanation.html#comment-124034903By Chet HayesSeptember 5, 2008 1:58 PM | Link to thisThis morning I called Westmoreland’s office:Them: Good morning, Congressman Westmoreland’s office. Me: Good morning, I would like to make a public comment. Them: Yes, sir, what is your comment? Me: I would like to compliment Congressman Westmoreland on his comments yesterday about Barack Obama. We need more people like him to call a spade a spade. You crackers in Georgia must be very proud. Them: [long pause] Sir, there’s no need to be insulting. Me: I’m sorry, but how did I insult you? Them: There is no need to call me a cracker. Me: I’ve never heard that term used in a derogatory sense. It is important to note that the dictionary definition of “cracker” is “a thin, crisp biscuit.” That’s what we meant by cracker when we used it in the city where I grew up. Them: Well, that’s not how you meant it. Me: Oh, so what you’re saying is that you don’t like being called names. Now you know how it feels. Them: [another long pause] Sir, I have to take another call.———–

  13. to joe schmoe: apologies for the hostility earlier, but this is pretty sensitive stuff. there’s a lot about racism you probably don’t know.. if you can, please take the time to learn… i also hope you’ll realize that we’re not always blowing stuff out of proportion.. yes, ambulance chasing opportunists like jesse jackson are responsible for raising the ante, but that doesn’t make it the fault of all of us…

  14. bklyn: You did *not* actually have that conversation! OMG that’s such an awesome idea. I think dropping the c-bomb everytime they drop a an anti-black racist codeword is an awesome idea. I hope that you taped the conversation b/c it would be hilarious.

  15. @bklynbam -I have no problem with your first post. You were right, I have never heard of "uppity" before as a racist term, and I am born in raised in Missouri. I did take the time to Google like you said.I did find that if you just searched upptity & racist you found people, even from the south, suggesting they did not know it was a racially-charged term.That said, I conclude after my Monday-morning-education (thanks bklynbam), that this congressman from Georgia is a monumental ass! I hate starting my Monday mornings this pissed off!

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