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  •  'uppity' doesn't necessarily mean racism? (2+ / 0-)
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    Most commentators here have picked up on this already.

    For those who haven't, "Uppity" has long been used as a really useful term to put blacks "back in their place". Think about this: have you ever, ever seen a white referred to as "uppity"?

    It's almost analogous to calling a woman a bitch. If you look at when women are called bitches (both Hillary Clinton and Margaret Thatcher had more than their share of this), most of the time men who had done the same things would be considered forceful, assertive, perhaps at the worst pushy. If Dick Cheney were a woman he would own the term.

    "Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Albert Einstein

    by Brecht on Sun Feb 11, 2007 at 07:51:11 PM PST

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    •  Yes, Applied to Whites, to Compare Them To (1+ / 0-)
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      n-word type of people.

      Meant as hyperbole of course in the case of the whites.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Feb 11, 2007 at 08:02:21 PM PST

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    •  I see exactly you're point, (1+ / 0-)
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      and now know the history behind the word's use here.  It only makes the article that much more disturbing.  When I said that "uppity" didn't bring racism automatically to my mind, I just had no idea, and there weren't many comments yet to point that out to me.

      Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man. -- Bertrand Russell

      by Statius on Sun Feb 11, 2007 at 08:13:44 PM PST

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