Monday, July 14, 2008

The More You Know: Delicious Sandwich Cookie Gone Bad

I love CNN -- I really do. It inspires so many clogs (um, blogs. But CNN clogs I would like to see; they sound awesome) with its ridiculous headlines (last week I was sent into hysterical laugh-sobs by the phrase "'Cindy Brady' halts broadcast to vomit").

Anyway, today, I read that John McLaughlin referred to Barack Obama as an "Oreo." "Does it frost Jackson, Jesse Jackson, that…an Oreo should be the beneficiary of the long civil rights struggle which Jesse Jackson spent his lifetime fighting for?" McLaughlin asked his panelists.

An "Oreo," for those who do not use cookie brands as racial slurs, is a black person who is acts white, or is "white on the inside". Get it? I had a friend in elementary school who was referred to as an Oreo. In 1989. And that was the last time I have heard that word used in that context.

Who knew McLaughlin was so old school? But, more importantly, just because it's a cookie doesn't mean it's not a slur, kids.
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  1. Anonymous12:13 PM

    Speaking of Kids, watch the whole thing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pDfnSxlk28

    Are both Mr. Obama and Mr. McG correct ?

    If so, have you missed the point and applied lipstick to the real oinker here ?

    Just a thought.

    Morf

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