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04 September 2008

Lynn Westmoreland Says Obama Is An "Uppity" Negro

No, the Congressman from Georgia's 3rd district didn't actually use the word "negro," but I'd be willing to bet that's what he meant.

The Hill newspaper is reporting that Georgia Republican Lynn Westmoreland used the word "uppity" to describe Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, when asked to compare the two with Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

"Just from what little I’ve seen of her [Michelle Obama] and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they're a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they're uppity," Westmoreland said.

Asked to clarify that he used the word "uppity," Westmoreland said, "Uppity, yeah."
[Source: The Hill, "Westmoreland calls Obama ‘uppity'", September 4, 2008]

Stephen Camp, the 3rd district Democratic nominee, immediately called on his Republican opponent to apologize for the racially-tinged remarks.

"This afternoon, Lynn Westmoreland embarrassed the State of Georgia and voters in the Third District by calling Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama and his wife Michelle ‘uppity’ at the Republican National Convention," Camp said in a statement. Such comments are wholly inappropriate and have no place in our nation’s political discourse. The fact that Westmoreland should well understand the hurtful connotations of his reference, particularly for his own Georgia constituents, makes his remark all the more troubling."

"On behalf of the voters in the Third District of Georgia and all Georgians, I call upon Lynn Westmoreland to extend a personal apology to the Obamas and to his own constituents," Camp continued.