Lamborn’s Statement Was Not Racist

Some of the latest hype making news lately is the “racial slur” uttered by Rep Doug Lamborn. His quote was:

“Even if some people say the republicans should have done this or they should have done that, they will hold the president responsible. Now I don’t even want to have to be associated with him. It’s like touching a TAR BABY and you get it, you’re stuck, and you’re a part of the problem now and you can’t get away.”

Pardon me while I unroll my eyes from the back of my head. Yes, I get it that “tar baby” can be used as a racial slur. I also get that there is another legitimate definition for it that means simply “a sticky situation”. Why must the PC police automatically make the jump to “since Lamborn was discussing the policies of a man who is part black, and he used that term to demonstrate the danger of being associated with those policies, then that means he had racial intent when he spoke it”? Only Lamborn knows his true feelings. Hell, maybe he really is racist. But sorry, trying to make anything more sinister out of the above comment is irresponsible, and probably hurting race relations more than simply taking it for what he really meant and leaving it at that. Clearly there was no racial intent in what he said. Time to move on.

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2 Responses to Lamborn’s Statement Was Not Racist

  1. Mr. Wray tweeted: “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar_baby – defines as derogatory term for black man. Just saying “I didn’t mean it that way” doesn’t change it.”

    Actually, the definition just BEFORE the one Mr. Wray pointed out in Wikipedia says “In modern usage according to Random House, “tar baby” refers to any “sticky situation” that is only aggravated by additional contact.” Since Mr. Lamborn meant it this way, it actually DOES change it. Not racist.

    Wikipedia also says “boy” is “used as a disparaging racist insult”. I came across an email that Mr. Wray sent a couple years ago to Kaye Fissinger and others in response to an article by Chris Rodriguez. His email stated “This boy really needs to come down a peg (or six)”. Mr. Wray, just because you say you didn’t mean it that way doesn’t change it. Racist. (See how ridiculous you sound?)

  2. YAG says:

    Mr Wray also frequently takes swipes at Mr Rodriguez’ last name…refers to him as the mayor’s attack chihuahua.

    How would he explain that away? LOL

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