This was something that didn’t get much play at the time, but which does seem to encapsulate many of the Republican party’s former and current attacks against Obama – i.e., that he’s “uppity”, a racially-charged term most often used against blacks in America thought not to “know their place”. voices.washingtonpost.com/the-tr … calls.html
Westmoreland subsequently tried to say that “uppity” as he used it was a race-neutral term. times-herald.com/Local/Westm … as–541045
But when was the last time that anybody ever used “uppity” without it having a clear racial context? Much in the way that calling black men “boy” gives great offense, calling a black person “uppity” has too long of history mostly used as the first half of a commonly used expression for any black person hoping to rise up, get educated and make something of themselves.
[quote]Most people who were born and raised in the South know the rest of the phrase Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) was using when he recently referred to Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, as elitist and “uppity.”
The phrase “uppity (N-word)” was used to let a black person know he was out of his “place.”
It was used on black people during the civil rights movement, who refused to give up seats on buses and who moved into segregated neighborhoods, as well as black people who used proper English. It was likely the last phrase heard by freedom riders in Mississippi before they were killed and buried in an earthen dam.
And it was the phrase I heard one day during the 1960s in southwest Atlanta when my grandmother became one of the first black families to move into what was then a predominantly white neighborhood.[/quote]
To date, not a single GOP official has spoken publicly against Westmoreland’s statements, and Westmoreland remains unapologetic. What has happened to the “Party of Lincoln”.