Well I think it’s disgusting that he would use his ailing grandmother for political gain. How convenient for him that she’s a robust senior until the eve of the election, and now all of a sudden she is an ailing senior in need of adequate healthcare–healthcare which would be taxed under McCain’s administration.
I think a lot of us feel that way - my grandparents are Madelyn Dunham’s age and they’ve certainly said race-based stuff that made me cringe. (Hell, the anti-Obama emails from my grandfather alone…) Most of us wouldn’t have occasion to say it on a national stage and I can see where that rubbed some people the wrong way, but if it’s true, it’s true.
I totally agree and can also relate. But, I have stopped biting my tongue. I am finally brave enough to try and correct them. Unfortunately for me it isn’t my grandparents, who are long since dead, but my parents and a few siblings. UGH.
For example, my mother still refers to every black person as “colored”, and whenever someone with a particular accent calls her and does some telemarketing she says, “I know it was a colored woman”. Oh really Ma, and what does that have to do with anything anyway???
I don’t let it slide anymore. And she is learning…even at 75 years old. I got her to stop calling Asian people Orientals recently! Old habits die hard I guess.
There are quite a few relatives who are harmless, but just need to be educated. And then there are some, who really do mean what they say. Those are the people I avoid at all costs.
Well since Occidental(west) is describing a college, not a person. I would say, no.
I know my asian friends hate the term. What they have told me that Oriental refers more to things, than people. So I stopped using it a long time ago. And who am I to argue, being 5 different shades of white, and hardly ever leaving the state of Wisconsin.
BTW, I think the person in the “Bigger Toe” post did mean “Nigger Toe”, but just didn’t want to type it out.
My mother isn’t trying to be offensive at all. I know her, and she is a good woman. So that is probably why I don’t mind correcting her now and then. I know she means well, and wouldn’t want to say something that would make her look bad, or make someone feel bad.
That is how I feel Obama must feel about his Grandmother too. That is how I can relate.