Saturday, January 12, 2008
Shuck And Jive
From CNN Political Ticker:
During last week’s debate in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton took some heat from rival Barack Obama, by essentially saying words don’t mean much without action.
He responded that words do have meaning. With that in mind, do the words of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo have a hidden meaning?
In a discussion with an Albany radio station, Cuomo offered this assessment of Clinton’s win in New Hampshire as it relates to retail politics: ”It’s not a TV-crazed race. Frankly you can’t buy your way into it,” Cuomo said. “You can’t shuck and jive at a press conference. All those moves you can make with the press don’t work when you’re in someone’s living room.”
Yes, shuck and jive.
Now, Cuomo has quickly tried to clean up his statement by suggesting that it wasn’t meant at Obama[.]
“Shucking and jiving” have long been words used as a negative assessment of African Americans, along the lines of a “foot shufflin’ Negro.” In fact, I don’t recall ever hearing the phrase used in reference to anyone white.
According to a story in Newsday, “The 1994 book ‘Juba to Jive, a Dictionary of African-American Slang,’ says ‘shuck and jive’ dates back to the 1870s and was an ‘originally southern 'Negro' expression for clowning, lying, pretense.’"
There is a such thing as political correctness gone mad, with folks being too sensitive. But it’s also about respect. And America’s long racial and sordid history still has ramifications today.
When African Americans hear former President Bill Clinton call Obama a kid, that is seen as an insult. He’s a 46-year-old man who is a United States senator. It is remindful of grown black men being called “boy” during the Jim Crow era. You might say no harm done, but trust me, the context has meaning.
The same goes for shuck and jive. I just don’t think for a second that if the battle was between John Edwards and Clinton, shuck and jive would have been used.
Immediately the Cuomo Crowd raced into damage control tyring to spin the "shuck and jive" comment. Newsday.com:
"The attorney general was clearly saying that Iowa and New Hampshire were important primaries because the candidates could not duck the tough questions," said Cuomo spokesman Jeffrey Lerner. "He clearly meant no offense to either candidate because he was praising both in the interview. 'Bob and weave' would have been a better phrase; that's certainly all the attorney general meant."
Joseph Mercurio, a New York City-based Democratic media consultant, said he doesn't think Cuomo hurt himself seriously. "Everybody's being a little politically correct," Mercurio said. "I think he had enough support from black voters in his campaign that this isn't going to be a big issue."
Other Clinton apologists are scrambling to smooth over Cuomo's racist and insensitive remarks. Steve Benan writing at The Carpet Bagger Report says:
I’ve been pretty familiar with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s work for quite some time, so I’m willing to extend some benefit of the doubt here, but this was certainly a poor choice of words.
Because the phrase “shuck and jive” has a racial background, Cuomo was speaking on Clinton’s behalf, and Obama is Clinton’s principal rival, the comments raised a few eyebrows.
Hey Steve, what's your take on the numerous reports of Hillary using the word "nigger" and "Jew bastard":
[Arkansas state trooper and Clinton bodyguard from 1986 to 1993, Larry] Patterson stated that Bill and Hillary Clinton would frequently argue with each other using the worst expletives known to mankind, sometimes in the presence of their daughter Chelsea. Some of the anti-Semitic slurs with which she commonly laced her tirades against Bill were "Jew motherfucker," "Jew Boy" and "Jew Bastard."
"If she disagreed with Bill Clinton or she disagreed with some of the Jewish community in Little Rock -- or some of the ethnic community -- she would often make these statements." "She would say ' Jew Bastard' or call her husband a 'Jew boy' or a 'motherfucking Jew'," Patterson told the WABC New York radio audience.
Patterson said he heard Hillary "utter anti-Jewish epithets between 10 and 20 times over the course of his six years at the Arkansas governor's mansion."
Patterson said Hillary was no stranger to the "N" word either. He heard her say "nigger" "probably six, eight, ten times. She would be upset with someone in the black community and she would use the 'N' word, like, you heard they've got the president's brother on tape using the 'N' word."
Is it really all that difficult to imagine the new management of Hillary, Incorporated - namely, cueball inbred redneck James Carvile - saying, "go git out dere and call Obama a Negro, but don't use the 'N word'."
"Git out dere an' remind everybody that Obama is a Negro," said Carvile to Cuomo.
Cuomo responded, "how high?"
It's okay for Democrats to be racists because their intention is to not be racist. Just ask longtime Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, who was once a Grand Poobah of the Ku Klux Klan.
Ol' Bobby - why he's even "seen a lot of white niggers":
In a March 4, 2001 interview with Tony Snow, Byrd said of race relations:
"They're much, much better than they've ever been in my lifetime.... I think we talk about race too much. I think those problems are largely behind us ... I just think we talk so much about it that we help to create somewhat of an illusion. I think we try to have good will. My old mom told me, 'Robert, you can't go to heaven if you hate anybody.' We practice that. There are white niggers. I've seen a lot of white niggers in my time. I'm going to use that word. We just need to work together to make our country a better country, and I'd just as soon quit talking about it so much."
How many African Americans did Bill Clinton appoint to high cabinet position during his two terms? Uh...let me see...uh - none. Yeah, that's right, none.
We know Democrats are racists, no because of what they say today, but because of their past actions. We know Albert Gore, Senior as a Democrat Senator fought hard and opposed Civil Rights. We know the prevailing majority of Democrat politicians in the 1960s opposed Civil Rights:
Most Democrats from the Southern states opposed the bill, including Senators Albert Gore Sr. (D-TN), J. William Fulbright (D-AR), and Robert Byrd (D-WV).
Racism is alive and well in the Democrat Party. To quote some lyrics from the great Talking Heads song Once In A Lifetime: "same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was."
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