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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mrs. Obama

Earlier this week ED hill gave us the secret terrorist fist "bump," but more recently and more mind boggling was Fox News calling Michelle "Obama's Baby Mama." The term connoting all sorts of negative stereotypes about African-Americans.

Oliver Willis wrote on his Blog, and I think it sums up how I feel, when he said: "Just Call her a N***** and be done with it!".
Because that's the case Fox is essentially making.
This blog has counted 54 racist news segments/incidents directed toward the Obama's in the last 6 months. And its not just fox News, its all three 24 hour networks.

You could say, well you're just grasping at straws and looking for racism. But why would Fox News not think that term would rub some people the wrong way. Why not say "Obama's woman?" or maybe even "wife?" Then again at least they didn't call her what McCain called his wife. So what is a baby mama? Here's one of the most popular definitions from Urban Dictionary (the others aren't as presentable here):

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"A term used to define an unmarried young woman (but can be a woman of any age) who has had a child. Most of the time it is used for when it was simply a sexual relationship, compared to ex-wife or girlfriend. Usually this has a negative connotation, a lot of baby mamas are seen as desperate, gold digging, emotionally starved, shady women who had a baby out of spite or to keep a man. Sometimes they may act like this because of missed child support payments, unfulfilled promises by the father, or convenient sex by the father. Either or both may exist in any situation.

Usage:

Joe didn't have any relationship with that chick, she was the "other woman" who ended up being his baby mama.

Maybe Andy's baby mama is pissed because he said he was taking his sons to get a haircut but instead ended up playing dominoes with his boys.

Tiffany is a greedy baby mama; she is using her child support payments to buy her new boyfriend some speakers for his car."

Some synonyms: "Bitch, Hood Rat, slut, tramp, ho."

This term is used quite regularly in rap music, so its not like its esoteric.

I posted earlier about Sean Hannity's neo-nazi sympathies and it appears that Fox is making no serious efforts to make their campaign to paint the Obamas as a scary black people a secret.

The most widespread Michelle Obama criticism was her quote that for the first time in her adult life she was proud to be an American. The question I have is what has an African-American woman been able to be proud of?

Certainly these cheap shots by the mainstream media and right-wind surrogates aren't the most shining examples of the American political process at work. And they're just a glimpse at how racist and sexist our nation still is.

Oh, and BTW you can see Obama's birth certificate right here...
It's incredible that this was such a big deal when his opponent was born in the Canal Zone.

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