Posted Sept. 8, 2008 – Sen. Barack Obama has weathered his share of racially insensitive remarks over the past several months, but when a Georgia congressman referred to him and his wife as “uppity” last week it was a throwback to whole different era.
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The Hill newspaper reports that Republican Lynn Westmoreland, asked by a reporter to compare Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain’s running mate, to Michelle Obama, she said, "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."
Did you just use the word “uppity?” the reporter asked. “Uppity, yeah," Westmoreland said, according to the Hill.
Back in the day, “uppity” – usually accompanied by the “N”-word – was commonly used by White racists to describe African Americans who dared to be educated, outspoken or affluent, definitely not a term one would expect to hear come from the lips of an elected official.
But Westmoreland isn’t the first politician from Dixie to drop a racial bombshell.
In April, Kentucky Republican Geoff Davis had this to say about Obama when he heard that the Illinois senator was running for president: “I’m going to tell you something; that boy’s finger does not need to be on the button."