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Obama Says Black Folks Eat Fried Chicken All The Time

March 4, 2008
Who ever thought that black folks eat fried chicken all the time? I know. RACISTS!

FORT WORTH, Texas — On the campaign trail, Democratic front-runner Sen. Barack Obama talks about how he would use the bully pulpit if president, and he offered a demonstration Thursday when he drew wild cheers as he told a mostly African-American crowd that parents need to shape up, turn off the TV, help their kids with their homework and stop letting them grow fat eating Popeye’s chicken for breakfast.

Popeye’s sells fried chicken. Assuming that black folks eat fried chicken with abandon has been a racist stereotype as old as the one about watermelon. I have never in my life met a black parent who routinely fed their child fried chicken for breakfast. We do not feed our children fried chicken for breakfast, nor does anyone in our family or extended families. We barely eat the stuff in our home because it tastes too salty. Nevertheless, Popeye’s fried chicken is not cheap, if there is any left over it is tomorrow’s lunch or dinner. Most of the time the chicken is eaten at dinnertime. I would think the neutral choice for food assigned to irresponsible parents (Obama’s assertion, fat=irresponsible) would be pop tarts or cold pizza, but I guess when it comes to a pro-Obama crowd it is okay for a middle-class black man to assert that black parents are feeding their black children cold fried chicken for breakfast all the time.

WTF?

In the meantime, anti-racists are up in arms because white woman Tina Fey, said that Bitch is the new Black. Apparently, in some bizarre use of language, Fey was not employing _________ is the new Black the way it has been used since 1962, but instead was appropriating Senator Obama’s blackness for Senator Clinton’s gain. One can never by pass the opportunity to beat a woman down for not committing a crime when there is a chance to give a free pass to a man who commits a real crime. Tina Fey is a celebrity and far removed from actually being Clinton (or working for Clinton), however, Obama is Obama. So Clinton is at fault for what celebrities may or may not have meant, but Obama can say something derogatory straight out and not a peep from the pseudo-anti-racists. It must be really difficult juggling such idiocy.

Senator Obama, you can take your fried chicken accusation and shove it up your ass. If my kid eats something cold for breakfast it is sugary cereal, which can make a child just as fat. Get your racist-middle-class condescending disdain right.

6 Comments
  1. Rent Party permalink
    March 5, 2008 2:18 am

    Is it a Southern thing? My grandfather the southerner was big into fried chicken for breakfast and he was massively white. The fried chicken was good, too, hardly any batter. He was a good cook.

  2. Rent Party permalink
    March 5, 2008 2:19 am

    White and quite upper class, too. ! Seriously. 😉

  3. Kitty Glendower permalink
    March 5, 2008 3:31 am

    The people he was targeting do not eat Popeye’s chicken for breakfast, not routinely anyway. No class of people eat Popeye’s chicken every morning. He used a racist stereotype against black people. If a white man (or woman) had said that they would have been called a racist.

    White man says to a black crowd: “You have fat children because you feed them Popeye’s every morning”. Let see how well that goes over. People would absolutely go crazy. Double standards is my point. Obama’s use of racist stereotypes can go under the radar and no big deal. Yet, for a similar sentiment, Bill Cosby was sent out of town packing.

  4. Rent Party permalink
    March 5, 2008 2:35 pm

    In Pointe Coupee the early morning foods are sausage biscuits and boudin. The fried chicken and catfish are not available before 10:30 AM.

  5. Chris permalink
    March 5, 2008 4:41 pm

    I did not hear the Popeye’s comment until I read it here (supporting the SNL skit about him getting a free pass from the media). You are right about how this would have gone over if Hillary or McCain had said the exact same thing.

    On a positive note, I think Hillary really did well for herself in her recent appearances on SNL and with Jon Stewart this week. I can’t help but think that those appearances gave her a little push going into Ohio and Texas.

  6. Anna permalink
    March 5, 2008 9:16 pm

    Bitch is the new what?! Don;t answer that – I don’t want to know . . .

    As for the chicken thing – very interesting. I can’t stand it when women make sexist remarks. It validates all sexist stereotypes. It would seem to be ditto with the chicken comment – as you correctly argued.

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