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An Uppity Update

Via Pam’s House Blend, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland stands by his characterization of Barack and Michelle Obama as “uppity.”

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.

See, he didn’t realize it had “racial overtones,” y’all.

In a statement Friday, Westmoreland – a white man who was born in 1950 and raised in the segregated South – said he didn’t know that “uppity” was commonly used as a derogatory term for blacks seeking equal treatment.

Riiight. A native southerner who voted against renewing the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Got it.

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Seriously, go read John Ridley over at the Huffington Post, where he is schooling in Palin-guage.

From Volume 1:

Black teen pregnancies? A “crisis” in black America. White teen pregnancies? A “blessed event.”

If you grow up in Hawaii you’re “exotic.” Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, you’re the quintessential “American story.”

Similarly, if you name you kid Barack you’re “unpatriotic.” Name your kid Track, you’re “colorful.”

If you’re a Democrat and you make a VP pick without fully vetting the individual you’re “reckless.” A Republican who doesn’t fully vet is a “maverick.”

And from Volume 2 – The People’s Edition:

If you get 18 million people to vote for you in a national presidential primary, you’re a “phoney.” Get 100,000+ people to vote you governor of the 47th most populous state in the Union, you’re “well loved.”

SoyAA says: If you are biracial and born in a state not connected to the lower 48, America needs darn near 2 years and 3 major speeches to “get to know you.” If you’re white and from a state not connected to the lower 48, America needs 36 minutes and 38 seconds worth of an acceptance speech to know you’re “one of us.”

Go read it all….

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