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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    The term is not. But you both know damned well the inference.
    I don't think of black people when I hear the term, I think of Brer Rabbit all tarred up and trapped by his own stupidity. How messed up is it that the people who are claiming that it's racist are the only ones making the connection to a racist term???
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    All my life I've understood what a tar-baby is and remain astonished that a few think it's a racist term. After Googling about and checking the OED too, I realize that there are morons who use it as a racist epithet. But I've never met someone who does and also have never heard or read of "tar-baby" used in such a context.

    I've wondered if part of what's going on here is regional. Maybe Tres and others are unfamiliar with the "Uncle Remus" stories and their author, who was no racist, LOL. But Haley Barbour surely would be familiar with the term and would, in my opinion, surely be using the ordinarily-understood meaning.

    I am very sorry that a few see racism in everything and am just as sorry that some don't recognize a well-known literary reference, a term employed by Mark Twain too.

    But this makes me want to begin using a beloved word I gave up long ago because I wanted to be exquisitely sensitive. I remember exactly where I was the last time I said "niggardly" and saw the shocked faces of my audience.

    I'm tired of the exquisitely sensitive crap. I stopped using the term "gypped" the second I learned its origin and how dreadfully insulting it is. I sincerely and frequently use the term "other-abled" rather than "disabled."

    But yikes, people are having fits over "tar-baby"? You know, enough. "Niggardly" is a fabulous word, so Silas Marner and Scrooge. "Tar-baby" describes perfectly a sticky situation from which you cannot extricate yourself because the more you struggle, the more trapped you become.

    Maybe instead of continuing to dumb down the language and therefore the way we conceptualize, we should smarten up.

    Here's what the Chair of the Black Caucus says: Black Caucus chairman defends Barbour
    Tres isn't unfamiliar with the Uncle Remus stories. Tres doesn't think it's a racist term. Tres thinks what Barbour did is stupid from a political perspective because it opens a door that doesn't need to be opened.

    I thought I made my opinion on it very clear. I never said it was a racist term. I said he's a stupid politician and should have known better.
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    Justabubba is right. the analogy makes sense. we have to end this PC BS
    As long as a minority are continued to be allowed the power to control language and vocabulary by shaming others, political correctness is here to stay.
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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Stupid politician of the day #2. But at least he doesn't hold office.

    Haley Barbour called President Barack Obama’s policies “tar babies” on a post-election conference call for clients of his lobbying firm, two sources familiar with the call told POLITICO.

    The former Mississippi governor made the remark as he was taking questions from 100 or more clients of the BGR Group during an hourlong call on Thursday morning. According to a person on the call, Barbour was noting how rare it is for Americans to elect a president from the same party as a commander-in-chief leaving office after two terms.

    “And then he said there is no one who will run for president who will endorse Obama’s issues, because Obama’s issues are ‘tar babies.’”


    Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama?s policies ?tar babies? - James Hohmann and Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO

    This part really got me.

    “If someone takes offense, I regret it. But, again, neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend,” wrote Barbour

    WTF is with these idiots and their half hearted apologies? "If someone takes offense, I regret it"? How about "That was an inappropriate comment and I regret making it.", Haley.

    Politicians run their mouths without thinking.
    Why did Barbour apologize? "Tar Baby" is not a slur.

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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    People invent new ways to be racially offended every day.

    One day, we'll just eliminate the color black altogether. Just to be safe.

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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    I wouldn't have apologized but that's me.

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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    People invent new ways to be racially offended every day.

    One day, we'll just eliminate the color black altogether. Just to be safe.
    Me thinks a race war is brewing and the coloreds will not be the winners. In fact, I don't expect any winners to emerge regardless of color.

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    Re: Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’

    Quote Originally Posted by Roadvirus View Post
    Why did Barbour apologize? "Tar Baby" is not a slur.
    I agree it isn't a slur.
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