I don’t like my Governor, Mitt Romney. And I think people who use the word niggardly just because its linguistic roots happen to be independent of the word nigger are obnoxious insensitive pedants. That said, I’m sad to see that there are some members of the black community who feel the term tar-baby is offensive to their community. The folklore wherein the tar-baby appears is an excellent story full of wisdom. It would be a shame to lose the lessons it teaches. One of which just happens to be how the weak minority can bring down the clever and powerful.