What Made Him Think “Mongrel” Was a Good Word to Use?

| July 29, 2010 | 6 Replies

Oh, Mr. President, the things you say when you’re not reading canned speeches off a screen in front of you.

Our Commenter-in-Chief spent this morning on “The View” having a little chit-chat with the Four Yentas of the Apocalypse. Things appeared to be going along rather swimmingly until he delved into the issue of race. That’s when this happened.

When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: “We are sort of a mongrel people.”

“I mean we’re all kinds of mixed up,” Obama said. “That’s actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it.”

Really. His first “go-to” description of blacks is that they’re members of mongrel race? That sounds an awful lot it came from the mouth of a certain former Klan Recruiter and Democratic leader. Who could forget how our President eulogized said former Klansman as “a voice of principle and reason” so perhaps he found a kinship with the old buzzard.

More seriously, I’d love to know what the heck he was thinking. I know a good number of people who the President might call “mixed up” and I can tell you, when I think of them, the word “mongrel” never enters my mind. I am one of those “mixed up” white people he so casually dismissed and I’ve described myself as “American Indian Euromutt” whenever anyone asks me about my family tree. “Mongrel” is one of those words so loaded with negative connotations that it doesn’t work as anything but an insult. I’m certainly not the only one — bad dogs are mongels, good ones are mutts. It’s sort of baked in to the language and culture of America. It’s definitely a highly-charged word to anyone who has studies racism in America or the Civil Rights Movement at all.

Which leads to this question: How insulated from America has Barack Obama been to think that “mongrel” is a complimentary thing to call anyone?

(Plenty more at memeorandum)

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin asks which is worse: mongrel or macaca.

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