My friend Jaylon Williams came across this story a few days ago and sent this to me. Topics of race and politics are inevitable — Obama or not. I have been called a number of things, but never uppity.
Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland has come under fire for referring to Senator Obama and his wife Michelle as “uppity.” When asked to compare Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin (Did I miss the news? Are they running for the same office?), Westmoreland said:
“Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Senator Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity.”
When asked to clarify his words, Westmoreland repeated, “Uppity, yeah.” As an Atlanta Journal Constitution article explained, “uppity” was “a word applied to African-Americans who tried to rise above servile positions.” Westmoreland stands by his comment, but contends that he did not know that the word “uppity” was racially charged when he said it. He claimed:
“I’ve never heard that term used in a racially derogatory sense. It is important to note the dictionary definition of ‘uppity’ is ‘affecting an air of inflated self-esteem-snobbish.’ That’s what we meant by uppity when we used it in the mill village where I grew up.”