Just in case you didn’t know.
(CNN) – Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland was unaware a word he used to describe Barack and Michelle Obama on Thursday carries racial overtones, a spokesman for the congressman told CNN.
Westmoreland, who represents Georgia’s third district, described the Obamas as “uppity” when asked by reporters in Washington to compare Repubican vice presidential canidate Sarah Palin with the wife of the Democratic presidential candidate.
“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, according to the Capitol Hill Newspaper the Hill.
Westmoreland’s spokesman, Brian Robinson, insisted the congressman did not know the word has been used with a racially derogatory intent against African-Americans.
I didn’t know either, and would point out that in order for someone to be racist they should actually have to intend to be racist. Attempting to call someone racist by intentionally misconstruing a word they use is just plain stupid.
Maybe the Obama campaign should just issue us some sort of a guide to what terms are and are not acceptable for use when criticizing The One.