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    Re: Chris Christie Uses Term 'Boy' In Heated Exchange At African-American Church

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Here's the deal. It's not that Christie is racist. He isn't. It's not that he's stupid either. He isn't. Let me explain.

    In the South, the term "boy" is derogatory, because a lot of white people used to use the term in that fashion when talking to black people. But there are a lot of white people in the North that don't see "boy" in that context. Being from Michigan, I used that word a lot, and of course, there was no intent there to use it in a derogatory way. It is used commonly all the time in the North. "Boy, is it hot out today". "Boy, the Detroit Tigers kicked ass today". "Boy, you better get your act together". Nothing racial in these statements. Of course, the North isn't the South either, but guess what? Christie is from the North. If he was from the South, then due to the history of the usage of the word "boy" there, we might be able to accuse him of something. But he isn't. His use of the word is strictly in a Northern context. In other words, the man is innocent.

    Let me tell you what the real problem is here. Many on the left see Christie as an opponent who could give him trouble in 2016, so the mud slinging is starting early. I think Christie should have seen this coming, but now that he has seen it, he is going to really need to watch himself between now and the next election. Dirty politics is here again, but did it ever really go away? LOL.

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    Blacks call eachother "nigger" , I'm so not concerned with "boy".

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    Re: Chris Christie Uses Term 'Boy' In Heated Exchange At African-American Church

    Another example of why Christie would be a DISASTER as the Republican candidate for president - his unpredictable off-the-cuff mouth.

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    Re: Chris Christie Uses Term 'Boy' In Heated Exchange At African-American Church

    The most racist people are the ones who will make every excuse to see racism in others.

    This is par for the course.

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    Re: Chris Christie Uses Term 'Boy' In Heated Exchange At African-American Church

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Here's the deal. It's not that Christie is racist. He isn't. It's not that he's stupid either. He isn't. Let me explain.

    In the South, the term "boy" is derogatory, because a lot of white people used to use the term in that fashion when talking to black people. But there are a lot of white people in the North that don't see "boy" in that context. Being from Michigan, I used that word a lot, and of course, there was no intent there to use it in a derogatory way. It is used commonly all the time in the North. "Boy, is it hot out today". "Boy, the Detroit Tigers kicked ass today". "Boy, you better get your act together". Nothing racial in these statements. Of course, the North isn't the South either, but guess what? Christie is from the North. If he was from the South, then due to the history of the usage of the word "boy" there, we might be able to accuse him of something. But he isn't. His use of the word is strictly in a Northern context. In other words, the man is innocent.

    Let me tell you what the real problem is here. Many on the left see Christie as an opponent who could give him trouble in 2016, so the mud slinging is starting early. I think Christie should have seen this coming, but now that he has seen it, he is going to really need to watch himself between now and the next election. Dirty politics is here again, but did it ever really go away? LOL.

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    I won't cast judgement on him until I read the exact quote.

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    Re: Chris Christie Uses Term 'Boy' In Heated Exchange At African-American Church

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    his unpredictable off-the-cuff mouth.
    How does that distinguissh him from every other well-known republican?
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    Re: Chris Christie Uses Term 'Boy' In Heated Exchange At African-American Church

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Another example of why Christie would be a DISASTER as the Republican candidate for president - his unpredictable off-the-cuff mouth.
    He seems more genuine that way, he calls it what he sees it.

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    Re: Chris Christie Uses Term 'Boy' In Heated Exchange At African-American Church

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Here's the deal. It's not that Christie is racist. He isn't. It's not that he's stupid either. He isn't. Let me explain.

    In the South, the term "boy" is derogatory, because a lot of white people used to use the term in that fashion when talking to black people. But there are a lot of white people in the North that don't see "boy" in that context. Being from Michigan, I used that word a lot, and of course, there was no intent there to use it in a derogatory way. It is used commonly all the time in the North. "Boy, is it hot out today". "Boy, the Detroit Tigers kicked ass today". "Boy, you better get your act together". Nothing racial in these statements. Of course, the North isn't the South either, but guess what? Christie is from the North. If he was from the South, then due to the history of the usage of the word "boy" there, we might be able to accuse him of something. But he isn't. His use of the word is strictly in a Northern context. In other words, the man is innocent.

    Let me tell you what the real problem is here. Many on the left see Christie as an opponent who could give him trouble in 2016, so the mud slinging is starting early. I think Christie should have seen this coming, but now that he has seen it, he is going to really need to watch himself between now and the next election. Dirty politics is here again, but did it ever really go away? LOL.

    Article is here.
    Wait, so if a man is born in the North, he is automatically innocent of using the term boy in a racist manner because it's primarily used that way in the South? What a horrible argument. I grew up in Chicago. Almost everybody knew the racial history of that word and I can guarantee that isn't just Southerners who've used in that manner. What nonsense.

    Regardless, this, to me, is a story I'm ambivalent about. Whether or not Christie was using the term in a racist manner, he should have known - just by virtue of being a politician - that he shouldn't have said the world. You have to know you're audience. You don't go talking about "anchor babies" to a Hispanic audience, you don't call a black man "boy", you don't accused religious people of "clinging to religion" and so on. It's basic. I don't understand why politicians are so stupid that they can't tailor their words to their audience.

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    Re: Chris Christie Uses Term 'Boy' In Heated Exchange At African-American Church

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    He seems more genuine that way, he calls it what he sees it.
    People don't like that. We live in a butthurt society. Everyone takes everything seriously, and you have to be neutral and non-committal to basically everything to be an electable politician.

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    Re: Chris Christie Uses Term 'Boy' In Heated Exchange At African-American Church

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    He seems more genuine that way, he calls it what he sees it.
    It's about time someone did, most politicians only say what their scriptwriters want them to say.
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    Re: Chris Christie Uses Term 'Boy' In Heated Exchange At African-American Church

    This is why I respect Christie. He calls it like he sees it and pulls no punches. I don't think he meant it in a racial way at all. Chris Christie is a rare breed of politician that doesn't pander to his party at all. He is one of the most upfront guys I've seen on the political stage.
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