GOP House Candidate Calls Black Newscaster "Uppity"

10/11/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

So over the weekend, there was much discussion over the word "uppity" -- and whether its segregation-era connotation still lingers when applied to African-Americans.

Last Thursday, in a conversation with reporters, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland applied the term to Barack and Michelle Obama. The Coweta County congressman later explained that, in the Southern mill village where he grew up, the word was racially neutral.

And as it turns out, Westmoreland may be a victim of selective persecution.

For that very morning, hours before Westmoreland made his gaffe in Washington, 8th District congressional candidate Rick Goddard of Houston County, the Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, used the same phraseology over the radio. Just not about Obama.

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