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  1. Real World

    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    Jeez, I wonder what would have happened if a white Repub said this about a black Dem? Hmmm.....


    Democrat apologizes for 'slavish' remark

    POSTED: 9:52 p.m. EDT, October 17, 2006
    From CNN's Ted Barrett

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A ranking Democrat in the House of Representative is apologizing for saying an African-American Senate candidate "slavishly" supported the Republican Party.

    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said he meant no offense when he made the remark about Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, the GOP nominee for the seat being vacated by longtime Democratic Sen. Paul Sarbanes.

    In a statement issued Tuesday, Hoyer said, "I should not have used those words."

    Hoyer was speaking to a largely black audience at a campaign event for Steele's Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Ben Cardin, when he made the comment.

    Steele's spokesman, Doug Heye, called Hoyer's comments "insensitive and pretty stupid."

    While Hoyer apologized for the comments, he continued to criticize Steele's support of the GOP.

    "If Mr. Steele did in fact take offense, let me assure him that none was intended," Hoyer said.
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    What the hell does "slavish" mean?
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    He should resign for being an unmitigated racist.

    The Democrat Party has racists all over their party, led by former Grand Dragon of the KKK, Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia.

    The media will forget this story by Friday and be back with more irrelevant Foley BS.
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    It's ok though, Mr. Steele is used to it. After all he was once pelted with Oreo cookies during a debate. Gotta love it eh? What's funny about this, is that if it were Repubs doing it to a black Dem.....hmmmmm....


    Anyhow, I find some of the rationale incrediblely disturbing. See, to me, blind loyalty proves incompetence. Supporting a black guy cuz you're black, or an Italian guy cuz you're Italian is maroonery at its best. To me, Reality trumps everything, including principle, for someone to say party trumps anything shows what a Bananna Republic we've become.

    Unless of course, the party they speak of includes naked women & free booze. :D


    'Party trumps race' for Steele foes

    By S.A. Miller
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    November 2, 2005


    Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.
    Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an "Uncle Tom" and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.
    Operatives for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) also obtained a copy of his credit report -- the only Republican candidate so targeted.
    But black Democrats say there is nothing wrong with "pointing out the obvious."
    "There is a difference between pointing out the obvious and calling someone names," said a campaign spokesman for Kweisi Mfume, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
    State Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a black Baltimore Democrat, said she does not expect her party to pull any punches, including racial jabs at Mr. Steele, in the race to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.
    "Party trumps race, especially on the national level," she said. "If you are bold enough to run, you have to take whatever the voters are going to give you. It's democracy, perhaps at its worse, but it is democracy."
    Delegate Salima Siler Marriott, a black Baltimore Democrat, said Mr. Steele invites comparisons to a slave who loves his cruel master or a cookie that is black on the outside and white inside because his conservative political philosophy is, in her view, anti-black.
    "Because he is a conservative, he is different than most public blacks, and he is different than most people in our community," she said. "His politics are not in the best interest of the masses of black people."
    During the 2002 campaign, Democratic supporters pelted Mr. Steele with Oreo cookies during a gubernatorial debate at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
    In 2001, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. called Mr. Steele an "Uncle Tom," when Mr. Steele headed the state Republican Party. Mr. Miller, Prince George's County Democrat, later apologized for the remark.
    "That's not racial. If they call him the "N' word, that's racial," Mrs. Marriott said. "Just because he's black, everything bad you say about him isn't racial."


    http://www.washingtontimes.com/metro/20051101-104932-4054r.htm
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    In this context is a 'code word' for an Uncle Tom. typical attack on a black conservative by a white liberial. The press won't say much about it though. If a white conservative said this about a black person he would face a media lynching. ;)
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    It's slang for Phat.
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    You think so macaca?
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    I disagree.
    If this is inexcusable (and it is) when Repubs do it, then attempting to excuse / justify / minimalize the very same type of comment when made by a Democrat, is hypocritical at best.
    Shame on the Dems for this one.
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    Sounds a lot like when that guy said 'niggardly' a year or so ago and everyone (but me:D ) found out that niggardly doesn't mean what they though it meant.
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    You mean why Sen R Byrd used the term "white n****r" a couple of years ago?
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    I guess the story didn't go national. No, a few years or so ago, a college professor(?) used that term to describe somebody who was being cheap. Which is exactly what the word means. Its completely unrelated to the word the board software won't let me say, that rhymes with bigger.

    There were slaves throughout the world before the US even existed. The cliche 'slavish devotion' existed then as well.

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