Steve Salas 
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Re: Pulling 'the race card'

Well, well, it seems our fact-based and logical independent-minded Scott has schooled all us reactionary liberals on the proper meaning of "tar baby." This is what happens when you use open-sourced online resources as your path to prove your logic. Anyone with a brain knows that sometimes words - especially politically, racially or culturally charged words - have more than one meaning when used in the body politic. There is a such thing as a "colloquialism" which from your beloved Wikipedia means "a word or phrase that is common in everyday, unconstrained conversation rather than in formal speech, academic writing, or paralinguistics."

Anyone with a skin tone darker than mocha and some as light as vanilla knows that "tar baby," is a colloquialism used as a "dismisses reference to black people." It was a lesser slur than its cousins of N-word, or Mammy or others to be sure but the 1948 Disney Film "Song of the South," helped to polarize many Americans about this phrase which stemmed from African folklore but seemed to be soiled by America's racist past. Did people use tar baby as a racist epithet for black people? Yes. Did they also use it as an example of a sticky situation? Yes! Putting the two together is what many people suspect Lamborn of doing and considering his past gaffes it seemed par for the course that he meant tar baby in all its meanings. But again racism lies at the heart of a man and until we can hold a microscope upon that part of our anatomy and know what's going on there beyond the physical we'll never know what lies there among racists. We can just strive to keep the educational dialogue going and hope that people learn from each other and from their own mistakes.

Posted by Steve Salas on 08/25/2011 at 1:36 PM

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