The Words we Choose to Use

Two interesting articles I found in the Post.  Mel Gibson has really screwed up now.  I do not condemn any type of discrimination.  Hew was wrong and I am sure this will hurt his career as it should.

 I am sure that most will think I am being too sensitive about the second story, but I think it deserves just as much attention, especially since Gov. Romney wasn’t drunk when he made the “tar baby” reference.  There are certain words which historically carry racial overtones, they were used to insight hate regardless of what day or time we live in should not be used.  In case you didn’t know here are a few phrases and names that are offensive to black people: “You people” “Tar Baby” “Porch Monkey” “Coon”  “Spook” and “Nigger” (yes even when black people use it; their ignorance makes them completely oblivious to hatred attached to the word).  There are many others, but you get the point.

Booze and Bigotry

By Eugene Robinson

Let’s not cut Mel Gibson even the tiniest bit of slack over the ugly tirade he inflicted on the sheriff’s deputy who pulled him over in his Lexus as he roared drunkenly down the Pacific Coast Highway at nearly twice the speed limit.

Gov. Apologizes for ‘Tar Baby’ Remark

BOSTON — Gov. Mitt Romney has apologized for referring to the troubled Big Dig construction project as a “tar baby” during a fundraiser with Iowa Republicans, saying he didn’t know anyone would be offended by the term some consider a racial epithet.


One Response

  1. Yes, Mel screwed up and probably showed his true colors, but how about the Op Ed “Booze and Bigotry” from Eugene Robinson where he delivers the classist (racist?) remark about the people of Malibu: “obnoxious, belligerent and self-important when the arresting officer pulled him over. In other words, just your average traffic stop in Malibu.” Mr. Robinson has got some explaining to do because he has exposed a bigoted side of himself.

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