Gregory McNamee gm at GREGORYMCNAMEE.COM
Sat Sep 6 22:15:03 UTC 2008

Are your innocent interviewees under the age of 30? Perhaps the term
has lost its sting among the young, but anyone of a certain age will
immediately know "uppity" as a racist term with a very sharp edge,
almost always combined with the N-word lest anyone miss the point.

Westmoreland is 58 years old and from rural Georgia. He claims never
to have heard the derogatory term in the little mill town where he
grew up. Baldly put, he's a liar--or, as the Los Angeles Times
political blog puts it, "The Ticket finds it amazing that someone with
such a sheltered upbringing could achieve such success in life."

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