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    Candidate Apologizes For 'Buckwheat' Remark

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    HOUMA, La. -- A state representative in a runoff election infuriated civil rights leaders after she ended a conversation with the mother of the NAACP's local president by saying, "Talk to you later, Buckwheat."

    State Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, of Morgan City, acknowledged she made the remark during a Thursday night telephone conversation with Hazel Boykin to thank her for driving voters to the polls.

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    But the "Buckwheat" remark is the latest bit of trouble for Dartez and her husband, Lenny, who is a member of the Democratic Party's State Central Committee.

    Before qualifying in September, Carla Dartez was given a summons for improper lane usage after hitting a pedestrian with her vehicle. She failed a field sobriety test but passed a later Breathalyzer test.

    Earlier this month, Lenny Dartez was indicted on charges of allegedly harboring illegal aliens through his construction business. (more at link)

    Sounds like a lovely couple.

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    From a non-native, non-native American speaker (yes twice lol), what is so bad about the word Buckwheat?

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    Who the hell even thinks like that?! I understand slips of the tongue, but honestly it has never occurred to me to call anyone "Buckwheat."

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    From the link:
    Buckwheat, a black child character in the "Little Rascals" comedies of the 1930s and '40s, is viewed as a racial stereotype demeaning to black people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetElaine View Post
    From a non-native, non-native American speaker (yes twice lol), what is so bad about the word Buckwheat?
    To further Taximom's explanation, the Our Gang comedies date from a period when Hollywood portrayed African Americans only as very submissive, lazy and stupid. Buckwheat stood out as a stereotype even in that day.

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    Thanks for the 'splanation TM. My computer is acting weird and I didn't go to the link.

    ETA Thank you too, Nova.

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    Thanks, Nova.

    I can't stop shaking my head at this one.

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    I a horrible way to talk to someone, what on earth was she thinking?

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    She's been caught driving drunk. Maybe she was drunk then? I don't know. I just don't get it. You'd think she'd think twice being in the hyper-sensitive political arena right now. I don't understand someone saying that in the first place, but to say it to this woman in particular is even more stupid.

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    I will admit to saying 'Buckwheat' here and there in my life. lol When Eddie Murphy played him on SNL we would mimic him, in fun of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    She's been caught driving drunk. Maybe she was drunk then? I don't know. I just don't get it. You'd think she'd think twice being in the hyper-sensitive political arena right now. I don't understand someone saying that in the first place, but to say it to this woman in particular is even more stupid.

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    I will admit to saying 'Buckwheat' here and there in my life. lol When Eddie Murphy played him on SNL we would mimic him, in fun of course.
    LOL I remember that on SNL!! I used to laugh at that too, Eddy Murphy was very funny.


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    Maybe we should have a symbolic banning of the word buckwheat.

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    ROTFLMAO!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by capps View Post
    Maybe we should have a symbolic banning of the word buckwheat.
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    What an idiot! Why, why, why?
    Just thinkin' out loud....


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    I don't even know what to say about that one. Do these people have brains? Do they stay up nights thinking of chit that insults people?
    Anyone remember Eddie Murphy's portrayal of Buckwheat on SNL?

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    What an idiot!

    But I have to say...Can you imagine the uproar if she'd been a Republican?

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