Tar Baby

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.

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  1. a different kind of nazi

    sir/madam,

    it’s not pedantic to correctly use words like “it’s” (your usage), “its” (what you should have used), “loose” (your usage), or “lose” (what you should have used). only the truly ignorant will wave their racist flag instead of engage in open debate.

    you could say ignorance is the slippery slope of racism, if only you could see past the (supposed) racist term “slope”.

    also, learn to correctly spell “Governor”, “wherein”, & “folklore”. after that, read The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus. it’s an easy page turner, even for you!

  2. tndal

    Ben Hyde says:
    “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.”

    Until I read your post I was both unaware of the existence of “the word nigger” and of his/her control over the linguistic roots of words. (S)he sounds like an extremely interesting person and I now seek out every opportunity to met him/her.

    [P.S. Perhaps you meant “…the word ‘nigger’…”?]

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