Skip to comments.Pelosi stumbles in race remark
Posted on 02/05/2010 1:55:18 PM PST by Justaham
Talking about race is still a perilous business in American politics, even if you have a four-decade record of civil rights activism
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), appearing before the Democratic National Committee winter meeting this morning, was illustrating the diversity of the Democratic party by painting the touching scene of FDR's final train ride from Georgia to Hyde Park. Then she stumbled.
"There were farmers and black Americans, whatever the name was in those days, Afric- uh -- large numbers of African-Americans, poor people, middle class people, everyone. . . they lined the tracks to pay their respects," Pelosi told an audience at the Capitol Hilton.
Pelosi haters, and there are plenty of them, are likely to compare the remark to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's private comment that President Obama didn't speak in "Negro" dialect.
In fact, her gaffe couldn't have been more different.
Reid was privately using anachronistic, offensive language he'd never use in public, thinking his comments would never see the light of the day.
Pelosi, it appears, got into trouble for the opposite reason: She was trying to come up with the most PC way of describing African-Americans in a public forum -- in hopes of offending no one -- and wound up with a very un-PC quote that is likely to cause at least some offense.
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She’s a Democrat, so its okay to be racist.
Actually, it seems to me, that her problem was she could not use whatever term she would have used in private, because she thought it might be offensive.
Back in that day, here in GA, none of those words would have applied. Negro would have been the word and with no disrespect meant or taken. What a bunch of tools.
Like I told a black friend, “You’re Rick, nothing else. And damn big enough if I am in trouble I want you there.”
Pelosi giving a history lesson is scary. Were they pole vaulting in their “oshgoshes” to get a better view, Nancy? You crazy!
How the heck does someone like that get elected to Congress — let alone end up in a leadership position>
Whatever the name was in those days.....LOL!!!!!
I really despise that term.
Did you see how she was afraid to say “Cracker”?
Ok, the new official name for black is whatever ?
Ok, all you whatever people - vote for Pelosi ! Selfless, tireless worker for the rights and dignity and equality of whatever people !
Such a sweet gal. Poor thing. It’s wike da whowew wowd came cwashing down... cant fink stwait...
I agree. Maybe an American of African decent? An American of Hispanic decent? Or God forbid, simply an American.
as a matter of fact we need to force those cracker companies to call their product something else.
Really people, we're making waaaaay too big a deal over this and the Harry Reid comment...especially when you consider that nothing Reid said was factually wrong! We're starting to sound just the CommieLib 'Rats, which is dangerous. They have enough for us to go after without making mountains out of PC molehills.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Gee guys, give poor Nancy a break. Who can remember what the name of the people formerly known as Negro is today! I mean really. Quick, what is the name of that stadium where the Super Bowl is going to played Sunday? Hmmmm, come on now think! Joe Robbie? Bzzzzz Sorry. Pro Player? Bzzzzz. Nope. Dolphins? Bzzzzzz Naaa. Land Shark? Bzzzzz Wrongo. Give up? So do I.
It’s obviously required that they be dumb as a rock
Nancy, ask Senator Byrd what he called Black people back then. He was there. Sheets and all.
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