This week former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour was caught up in an uproar because his critics were too illiterate to understand comments Barbour made on a conference call. Barbour’s offense? He referred to President Obama’s policies as “tar babies”.
The liberal media is outraged. Barbour is a racist. His lobbying clients should be ashamed. Really?
What is a “tar baby”. The dictionary defines it as a “sticky situation”. The term comes from the “Uncle Remus” stories published in the 19th century. Br’er Rabbit punches a tar baby (a doll made of tar and turpentine) and becomes stuck. The “Uncle Remus” stories have their roots in West African folklore transported to America by slaves. Joel Chandler Harris (and others) published the stories in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Like “Aesop’s Fables”, the stories are designed to impart wisdom, particularly to children.
Barbour’s critics are either illiterate, or simply attempting to score political points by playing the race card. Neither should be acceptable in this day.