I'm Feeling A Little Uppity...
by Andre Walker, Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 06:36:06 AM EDT
...To tell you the truth, I'm having a good laugh at the distinguished Georgia Congressman from the 3rd district sitting in a rocking chair on his front porch down in Sharpsburg sipping on some ice cold lemonade as he leans over to his lovely wife Joan and says to her in that southern accent of his, "I remember when our coloreds were law-abiding. Now they got some rights and they're starting to think they can date our women and be President."
Then as Lynn Westmoreland leans back in his chair, he clasps his hands over his belly, shakes his head and asks, "What is this world coming to?"
Of course, that whole scenario I just described above is fictional, but there's no denying the fact that Congressman Lynn Westmoreland continues to stand by his choice of words, "uppity," used to describe Barack and Michelle Obama.
Even today, Westmoreland says, "I've never heard that term ['uppity'] used in a racially derogatory sense. It is important to note that the dictionary definition of `uppity' is `affecting an air of inflated self-esteem --- snobbish.' That's what we meant by uppity when we used it in the mill village where I grew up." [Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution "Republican defends use of `uppity'", September 5, 2008]
Well, you know, since I'm feeling a little uppity today, let me pull out the Urban Dictionary and cite just one definition of the word "uppity" when combined with the word "negro."
- Main Entry: up·pi·ty ne·gro
- Pronunciation: 'up + -ity 'nE-(")grO
- Function: proper noun
Here's another definition:
"An out of place black person who is out of line and thinks they are as good as or better than the white person they are standing next to."
You know, as a black person, I'm not mad at Lynn Westmoreland. Instead, I'm having a good laugh at the expense of this ignorant member of Congress and hoping that his Democratic opponent, Stephen Camp, cleans his clock in November.
Now let me continue with my uppity ways and get me some grape juice...
...Yeah, that's right. I know all about juice too. I learned about it from Dave Chappelle and now I'm going to spread the word to a few other uppity negroes.