Racial Offense Taken When 'Uppity' Rolls Off Certain Tongues

When a white congressional candidate recently referred to a black news reporter as "uppity," he coincidentally joined company with another white politician who, later that day, applied the same description to Sen. Barack and Michelle Obama. Both of the Georgians claimed ignorance of the racial history of the word "uppity," a derogatory term applied throughout the Jim Crow South to blacks who dared to climb the socioeconomic ladder. But for contemporary critics of the word, ignorance of the...Full Story
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