Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Literary' | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Literary'

"Once candidates embraced the President's policies and record they will be stuck with them—no matter how unpopular they are. Hence the literary reference."

— Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in an email to Politico about his using the word "tar baby" to describe President Barack Obama's positions.

Why it stinks: Barbour rightly points out that "tar baby" is a reference to the tale of Brer Rabbit. It is also used to describe a difficult problem that gets worse the more attempts there are to resolve it. It is also a racial epithet to describe African American children.

If anyone is aware of the multiple, offensive meanings of the term tar-baby, it's the former governor and Yazoo City native with a history of landing in hot water over racist comments. Just notice that in his "apology" email to Politico, he avoided using the term.

Thanks to all our new JFP VIPs!

COVID-19 has closed down the main sources of the JFP's revenue -- concerts, festivals, fundraisers, restaurants and bars. If everyone reading this article gives $5 or more, we should be able to continue publishing through the crisis. Please pay what you can to keep us reporting and publishing.


Turtleread 5 years, 7 months ago

Next time Governor, use quicksand to describe the problem. It has less dual meanings that might be misunderstood.

comments powered by Disqus