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Pelosi stumbles in race remark
Politico.com ^ | 2-5-10 | Glenn Thrush

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: blackhistory; blacks; gaffe; pelosi

1 posted on 02/05/2010 1:55:18 PM PST by Justaham
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To: Justaham

She’s a Democrat, so its okay to be racist.


2 posted on 02/05/2010 1:57:00 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Justaham

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.


3 posted on 02/05/2010 1:57:49 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Justaham

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.”


4 posted on 02/05/2010 1:58:54 PM PST by doodad
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To: Justaham

Pelosi giving a history lesson is scary. Were they pole vaulting in their “oshgoshes” to get a better view, Nancy? You crazy!


5 posted on 02/05/2010 1:59:00 PM PST by mancini
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To: Justaham
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She is truly a stu-pid person.

How the heck does someone like that get elected to Congress — let alone end up in a leadership position>

6 posted on 02/05/2010 2:00:22 PM PST by Touch Not the Cat
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To: Justaham

Whatever the name was in those days.....LOL!!!!!


7 posted on 02/05/2010 2:02:32 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Justaham
What's an "African-American"? Really, what is it?

I really despise that term.

8 posted on 02/05/2010 2:04:30 PM PST by raybbr
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To: GeronL

Did you see how she was afraid to say “Cracker”?


9 posted on 02/05/2010 2:05:42 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: Justaham
As I have stated many times, Democrats are racist.
They spend their entire life thinking about race and making “Civil Rights” laws to cover this up. They have become so Politically Correct they cannot relax at any gathering that includes African Americans. Sometimes they slip up, like Nancy did here and Reid did in 08 and Byrd did in 2000 and on and on and on. The big difference is, the MSM was able to cover for them up until recently.
10 posted on 02/05/2010 2:07:21 PM PST by Tupelo
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To: Justaham

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...


11 posted on 02/05/2010 2:08:51 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: raybbr

I agree. Maybe an American of African decent? An American of Hispanic decent? Or God forbid, simply an American.

Gunner


12 posted on 02/05/2010 2:09:09 PM PST by weps4ret (Where is John Galt?)
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To: muawiyah

as a matter of fact we need to force those cracker companies to call their product something else.


13 posted on 02/05/2010 2:09:12 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Justaham
To be honest, I don't see how this is even remotely racist. So she fumbled around until she came up with the "proper" PC term, so what?

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!

14 posted on 02/05/2010 2:13:27 PM PST by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? Go to www.myspace.com/rockfromtheright)
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To: Justaham

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.


15 posted on 02/05/2010 2:19:40 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: Ann Archy
So, what's right? (from Hair -- NSFW)
16 posted on 02/05/2010 2:23:38 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Justaham
even if you have a four-decade record of civil rights activism

In my experience, anyone with a four decade record of civil rights activism is simply milking the race industry.
17 posted on 02/05/2010 2:25:57 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: GeronL

It’s obviously required that they be dumb as a rock


18 posted on 02/05/2010 2:26:02 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: freedumb2003

Nancy, ask Senator Byrd what he called Black people back then. He was there. Sheets and all.


19 posted on 02/05/2010 2:26:47 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Justaham
There were farmers and black Americans, whatever the name was in those days

But no Japanese Americans, because they had all been interred in concentration camps.
20 posted on 02/05/2010 2:28:05 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: pissant

dumb as a rock

retarded?


21 posted on 02/05/2010 2:28:38 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68 (CALL CONGRESSCRITTERS TOLL-FREE @ 1-800-965-4701)
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

Far below that level


22 posted on 02/05/2010 2:28:53 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Justaham

Pelosi is an idiot... a jackass... whatever the name was in those days, moron - uh — bug-eyed simpleton... whatever. . .


23 posted on 02/05/2010 2:29:44 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: weps4ret
Maybe an American of African decent? An American of Hispanic decent?

Negro. Black. Charlize Theron once caught hell because she referred to herself as "African American". She's a white actress who was born in Africa.
24 posted on 02/05/2010 2:31:00 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: Justaham

Another fool hoist on her own petard.


25 posted on 02/05/2010 2:31:43 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: wku man

I think a lot of people around here simply object to the double standard, rather than the actual speech. This is # 47 billion in a continuing list of Things Said By A Democrat Which Would Have Ended The Career Of Any Republican. I agree that I don’t give a rat’s rump in hell about the actual language Pelosi used.


26 posted on 02/05/2010 2:33:56 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: Justaham
whatever the name was in those days

One can only imagine the Wagnerian opera that would ensue if a Republican had said this. We would have long essays on the "othering" of "oppressed peoples," accompanied by, of course, demands for more social programs.

27 posted on 02/05/2010 2:39:49 PM PST by denydenydeny (The Left sees taxpayers the way Dr Frankenstein saw the local cemetery; raw material for experiments)
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To: Justaham

The woman is a medical miracle. She walks and talks but has no brain.


28 posted on 02/05/2010 2:54:51 PM PST by Bluebeard16
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To: GeronL

Defending Pelosi is a tough load to haul, however, the majority in America has had to be dishonest for decades in order to placate the minority. It is time we get over that.


29 posted on 02/05/2010 3:01:36 PM PST by billhilly
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To: Question Liberal Authority
Of course there's a double standard. Anyone with a brain knows it, and anyone who's intellectually honest admits there is. Quibbling over Peloser's PC lingo only feeds into the 'Rat agenda of turning the English language into New-speak.

What I propose is we start taking the English language back. We should start using correct, if un-PC, language.

"Illegal alien", "Homosexual", "Negro", "Oriental", "Muslim terrorist", "Retarded", "Hispanic"...all are proper English terms when used properly (to be fair, I would have included "Caucasian" in the list, but no one seems to be offended when they're called a Caucasian). We should use these words, then defend our use of them in an effort to illustrate what's happening to our English language. Of course the media will paint us as bigots, homophobes, racists, lower than whale manure on the ocean floor, etc...but don't they already?

Let's stand up for the English language, and quit trying to out-PC the PC CommieLibs!

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

30 posted on 02/05/2010 3:03:39 PM PST by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? Go to www.myspace.com/rockfromtheright)
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To: Justaham

LOL! We were Negroes back in those days, Nancy. It would have been funny if she had just went with her gut and said it.


31 posted on 02/05/2010 3:06:52 PM PST by rabidralph ("Precedenting" is a lot tougher than community organizing.)
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To: billhilly

Her kids and grandkids are hopping military planes and running up liquor tabs on the public dime.

That has got to stop.

They are all criminals in my book


32 posted on 02/05/2010 3:08:28 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Justaham

Does African-American include white Africans who have become American citizens? No? What would you call them?


33 posted on 02/05/2010 3:22:06 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: wku man

It’s not about accepting their PC view of the world it’s about throwing it back in their faces.


34 posted on 02/05/2010 3:26:02 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: TigersEye
A better way of throwing it back in their faces would be to make them defend their own PC lingo.

Try this...use the term "chairwoman" instead of "chair" or "chairperson" (or "spokeswoman", etc), then after they squirm, ask them to explain how exactly you're wrong in using the un-PC words. They'll have to either admit their pettiness, or more likely begin calling you names, which is how you can always tell that you've won an argument against a liberal.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

35 posted on 02/05/2010 3:55:23 PM PST by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? Go to www.myspace.com/rockfromtheright)
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To: TigersEye
I think Charlize Theron may be an African-American.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

36 posted on 02/05/2010 3:56:39 PM PST by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? Go to www.myspace.com/rockfromtheright)
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To: Justaham

This Politico article is more offensive than Nancy.

Do these lib “reporters” ever get embarrassed by the cover they give the Dims?


37 posted on 02/05/2010 3:59:17 PM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: Justaham
Pelosi haters, and there are plenty of them...

Yes, there certainly are, and she has earned every one of us. OK, I don't hate, but I strongly dislike and disdain her.)

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.

That's what the stupid liberals get for worrying so much about such mindless things in the first place.

38 posted on 02/05/2010 4:00:22 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: muawiyah
Did you see how she was afraid to say “Cracker”?
That's it! You didn't call me that word but you used it and I'm really ticked off now and I'm not going to take it any more!
I'm going to call the NAAWP (damn, what I intended as a jest is actually real) and stomp my foot until Congress passes hate crime legislation against people like you from denigrating other people.
I'm going to get Jesse Helms on board to be my resident race pimp in memoriam and we're going to organize against this hateful speech.
Nabisco...you better gird your Ritzy, antagonistic loins! You can't use the "c" word any longer with impunity. Words will be excised under the guise of political correctness!

sorry, you roused the inner comic

39 posted on 02/05/2010 7:35:28 PM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Justaham

Ms. Nutzy is the epitome of Progressive Liberalism. Elitism and aristocracy run amok. The US is in a dangerous free fall because of this ruling class mentality. The Republicans had better step up to the plate and be VERY VOCAL about all of the abuse of power going on in this admin. before the crash landing ahead. Even the liberals will be stunned by the carnage. The American people are fed up and are mobilizing for the Nov elections. Just watch us!


40 posted on 02/06/2010 5:35:31 AM PST by IbJensen (A Prayer for Obama (Ps 109.8): "Let his days be few; and let another take his position.")
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