Vile, Racist Republican Compares Obama to "Tar Baby"

Sooo... it's 2011 and Rep. Doug Lanborn, R-CO, compared debt-deal negotiations with President Obama to "touching a tar baby." Apparently he is unaware of the phrase's insanely racist legacy, from its introduction in the Uncle Remus stories and Disney's fairly popular "Song of the South"? Apparently... on Monday he issued an apology to President Obama. HuffPo:

Lamborn sent a personal letter to President Obama “apologizing for using a term some find insensitive,” his office said in a press release. The congressman was “attempting to tell a radio audience last week that the president's policies have created an economic quagmire for the nation and are responsible for the dismal economic conditions our country faces. He regrets that he chose the phrase 'tar baby,' rather than the word 'quagmire.' The congressman is confident that the president will accept his heartfelt apology."

Unfailingly, the "some find it insensitive" clause mostly negated his apology, and conjures images of wingers grumbling about "political correctness" and other cultural developments that impede upon their abilities to be publicly racist and offensive. And yet, he insisted he did not mean to offend Obama. So that just makes him ignorant. We recommend he read Toni Morrison's Tar Baby, and maybe Jane Hill's The Everyday Language of White Racism. Read the full story here.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 2, 2011, 5:24am

Sign Up!
Get AlterNet's Daily Newsletter in Your Inbox
+ sign up for additional lists
Select additional lists by selecting the checkboxes below before clicking Subscribe:
Election 2018
Today's Top Stories