GOP House Member calls Obama “boy.” That’s southern for n-gger.

You don’t call a black man a “boy” when you’re from the south, unless you’re intending to harken back to the racist language of slavery, and then segregation, when all black men were called “boy” as a prejudiced pejorative. Even worse, the GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell was there when it happened. Here’s what Rep. Geoff Davis (that’s really his name, talk about irony) R-KY had to say about Obama:

“I’m going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button,” Davis said.

Again, in southern speak, everyone knows what “boy” means when it’s said about a black man.

UPDATE: Davis apologized. That’s nice, but why hasn’t Mitch McConnell said anything? He was right there when it happened.


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