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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Why Is President Obama Calling African Americans "Mongrels"?

Showing yet again, he really is bad at handling the race issue, and perhaps feeling just a bit too comfortable with the women of The View last week (in the presence of Sherry Shepherd and the agreeing Whoopi Goldberg who said Mel Gibson isn't a racist), President Obama calls African Americans "mongrels", saying, "We're all mixed up."



We know that Obama, of mixed race heritage, (Who has been losing points in the polls.  I can't imagine this will help) meant that African Americans are made up of different races due to the heinous American robbery, enslavement, rape, and selling of African forefathers, that resulted in many mixed raced Africans here in America.

What the president doesn't perhaps know is the definition of the word - mongrel.   So, we'll point it out for him here, courtesy of dictionary.com.

mon·grel   

–noun

1. a dog of mixed or indeterminate breed.

2. any animal or plant resulting from the crossing of different breeds or varieties.

3. any cross between different things, esp. if inharmonious or indiscriminate.

–adjective

4. of mixed breed, nature, or origin; of or like a mongrel.

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Origin:

 heraldic term for a type of dog; equiv. to mong ( e ) mixture (OE gemang; cf. mingle) + -rel

—Synonyms

1. mutt. 2. cross, half-breed. See hybrid.

—Antonyms

2. thoroughbred, purebred.

All terms related to dogs or animals. 

It isn't enough to have white folks calling African Americans out of their name, now we have to hear it from the first Black U.S. president?

Not to leave anyone out, Obama says the same of white folks. 

"I mean we're all kind of mixed up.That's actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it."

Last I checked, no one in my family even resembles a dog.  And no one in the Obama family resembles that Portuguese water dog, Bo.

Perhaps it is just you, Mr. President who seems confused, or "mixed up".

So, to Mr. President I say, Man, please!  Or N-please! Or, Chile please!  Whichever you prefer. 

Don't you ever use that word to disrespect the people you just spoke to at the National Urban League, or those who voted you in, or those who had high hopes for you, or those who look up to you, and somehow still respect you. 

That is all!

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