You aint nothing but a 'Tar Baby' to whites
By Sinclere Lee
BOSTON, Massachusetts (BNW) Tar Baby, Coon, Spook, Nigra, Jiggaboo, Monkey and of course Nigger; these are just some of the indignities used by many whites in this country everyday to describe Blacks, and sometimes they let it slip-out and go public.
Yeah, he calls you everything under the Sun behind your back. For example, Gov. Mitt Romney has apologized for referring to the troubled Big Dig construction project as a "tar baby" during a fundraiser with Iowa Republicans, saying he didn't know anyone would be offended by the term some consider a racial epithet.
I aint heard 'Tar Baby' in a long time, but that racist epithet is in the heart of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney who is considering a presidential bid. Tar Baby, where in the hell did he get that from? Ergo, its all learned behavior!
In a speech last week, Romney, a Republican considering a run for president in 2008, acknowledged he took a big political risk in taking control of the project after a fatal tunnel ceiling collapse, but said inaction would have been even worse.
"The best thing politically would be to stay as far away from that tar baby as I can," he told a crowd of about 100 supporters in Ames, Iowa.
Black leaders were outraged at his use of the term, which dates to the 19th century Uncle Remus stories, referring to a doll made of tar that traps Br'er Rabbit. It has come to be known as a way of describing a sticky mess, and has been used as a derogatory term for a black person.
"Tar baby is a totally inappropriate phrase in the 21st century," said Larry Jones, a black Republican and civil rights activist.
"He thinks he's presidential timber," Jones said. "But all he's shown us is arrogance."
Romney's spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, said the governor was describing "a sticky situation."
"He was unaware that some people find the term objectionable and he's sorry if anyone's offended," Fehrnstrom said.
White House spokesman Tony Snow sparked similar criticism in May when he used the term in response to a question about government surveillance.
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