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    Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices - Spokesperson insists remark had 'nothing to do with race'

    Oh, Michele...I know you probably didn't mean anything racist, but could you just think about terminology before speaking? Just once in a while?


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    Re: Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices - Spokesperson insists remark had 'nothing to do with race'

    Oh, Michele...I know you probably didn't mean anything racist, but could you just think about terminology before speaking? Just once in a while?

    congratulations, you didn't hear it

    but be assured, the racists heard her dog whistle; loud and clear
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    Re: Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices

    "Tar baby" is not a racist term. It is a legitimate reference to American-- by way of African American-- folklore. If anything, it indicates that she's more multicultural than she lets on.

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    Re: Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices - Spokesperson insists remark had 'nothing to do with race'

    Oh, Michele...I know you probably didn't mean anything racist, but could you just think about terminology before speaking? Just once in a while?
    Here's the definition of "tar baby".

    noun
    tar babies, plural

    A difficult problem that is only aggravated by attempts to solve it
    tar baby - Google Search


    I'm sure that's how she meant it, but yeah, she probably shouldn't have used a phrase that's so easily misinterpreted. It's sad, though, that some people want to find a reason to be offended whether it's real or not.
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    Re: Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post

    I'm sure that's how she meant it, but yeah, she probably shouldn't have used a phrase that's so easily misinterpreted. It's sad, though, that some people want to find a reason to be offended whether it's real or not.
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    Re: Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices

    Honestly I've only ever heard the phrase used racially. I think more important is who cares what she says? Don't give her any power or before you know it she has a show on tlc.
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    Re: Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices

    You would like to think that our politicians would be smart enough to think through what they say, so we could hope they think things through before they do. I'm amazed at how often these "leaders" have to explain and apologize for their declarations and their behaviors. Some leadership, huh?

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    Re: Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices

    "tar baby" is hardly a common term, precisely because it has loaded racial overtones. Frankly, I call bull**** on any excuses that it wasn't meant racially.
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    Re: Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Here's the definition of "tar baby".



    tar baby - Google Search


    I'm sure that's how she meant it, but yeah, she probably shouldn't have used a phrase that's so easily misinterpreted. It's sad, though, that some people want to find a reason to be offended whether it's real or not.
    Funny how you did not mention the relevant definition provided at your link:

    (U.K.; U.S.; and N.Z.) a black child.^[122]. Note that this also has acceptable non-slur use. See Tar baby.
    While I am sure she meant it by the definition your provided, it is a painfully stupid thing for any politician to say.
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    Re: Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    Bachmann: Obama 'Waving a Tar Baby' on Gas Prices - Spokesperson insists remark had 'nothing to do with race'

    Oh, Michele...I know you probably didn't mean anything racist, but could you just think about terminology before speaking? Just once in a while?
    wait?

    you want her to THINK before she speaks????

    no that is funny.
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