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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-16-06 04:15 PM
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Tony Snow uses racial slur on first full press conference day.
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Edited on Tue May-16-06 04:57 PM by onehandle
SNOW: Having said that, I dont want to hug the tar baby of trying to comment on the program, the alleged program, the existence of which I can neither confirm nor deny.
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QUESTION: What are your personal goals? What do you hope to achieve here? Will you continue to televise these briefings? And would you put into English the phrase (OFF-MIKE) the tarbaby?

SNOW: Well, I believe hug the tarbaby, we could trace that back to American lore.
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Based on the context of the term, we believe you meant tar baby to mean: a situation almost impossible to get out of; a problem virtually unsolvable.

But in American lore, the expression tar baby is also a racial slur used occasionally as a derogatory term for black people. Use of the term has resulted in people being fired.

http://thinkprogress.org/2006/05/16/snow-memo-tar-baby /

Tar Baby:
The expression tar baby is also used occasionally as a derogatory term for black people (in the U.S. it refers to African-Americans; in New Zealand it refers to Maoris), or among blacks as a term for a particularly dark-skinned person. As a result, some people suggest avoiding the use of the term in any context.
http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=199902...

The Racial Slur Database:
Tar Baby Represents: Blacks Reasons/Origins: Skin color. From the "Uncle Remus" (Br'er Rabbit) story.
http://www.rsdb.org /

List of Ethnic Slurs
Tar baby (U.K.; U.S.; and N.Z.) a black child.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_slurs
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