Noted bigot and Georgia Representative Lynn Westmoreland refused today to rescind his comment calling Barack and Michelle Obama “uppity.” According to the column:
Westmoreland — who was born in 1950 and raised in the segregated South — said he didn’t know that “uppity” was commonly used as a derogatory term for blacks seeking equal treatment. Instead, he referred to the dictionary definition of the word as describing someone who is haughty, snobbish or has inflated self-esteem.
Sure. And David Duke’s misunderstood, too. Your explanation MIGHT be more acceptable, Mr. Westmoreland, had you not been such a vocal opponent of renewing the Voting Rights Act in 2006, or had you not grown up in, y’know, GEORGIA. You know damn well the word “uppity” is racist.
However. Let’s pretend for a moment that you really were living in a cave under a rock without exposure to your fellow man before miraculously emerging as a state legislator and you meant “uppity” in the “dictionary definition of the word,” which, as the article goes on to say, should cause no offense in your oh so humble opinion.
Explain to me, Mr. Westmoreland, how a man with working class roots, who worked his butt off to earn a scholarship to Columbia, then worked even harder and made president of the Law Review at Harvard law, then married a woman whose parents were equally blue in their collars and worked just as hard to make her own name and give back to her community… is MORE elite than a man who can’t even rememer how many houses he owns. ‘Splain that one to me when you have a moment, mmmkay?
But we both know this isn’t about “elitism,” is it, Mr. Westmoreland? Because you weren’t raised under a rock (much as you act like you crawled out from under one), and you have lived around and in racism all your life. So I’m not accepting the excuse. No, it’s about your holy fervent terror and hatred of the fact that a black man is actually on the ticket to become President of the United States.
I sincerely hope your constituency reads this, is appalled, and boots your monolithic histrionic race baiting ass in the general this year, Mr. Westmoreland, because there is no longer room for you or people like you in our government.