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March 24, 2010

GOP candidate for Florida congressional seat calls Obama "Buckwheat"

From WPLG in Miami: "Corey Poitier, who is running for U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek's seat, delivered a passionate speech against the health care reform bill Monday night to Broward County Republicans. During the speech, Poitier addressed the President by saying 'Listen up, Buckwheat…'

"I wasn't meaning him any harm. Maybe it was a little insensitive," Poitier said. "It's a term that my brother and I use. It was kind of a way of saying, 'dummy,' like when I say to my brother, 'Hey, Buckwheat, cut that out.' That's what it was."

Buckwheat was a black character on "Our Gang" or the "Little Rascals," a series of movie shorts in the 1920s and the use of the word is largely considered a slur. The station notes that Poitier, who is black, is the "only Republican so far in the race for District 17, where 57 percent of constituents are black and where nine out of 10 voters cast their votes for Obama." He's said to be weighing a call to the White House to
apologize.

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Joe

personally, I used to like Alfalfa. But Froggy was pretty cool too.

KsWriter

You think this is the worse thing Obama's been called? I'm sure he got a kick out of it in private.

Scooter

Let's just downplay the fact that Corey Poitier is also black. Get a grip, libs.

wondering

"the ends[sic] justifys'[sic] the mean[sic]"

Wilkinson, is English a second language for you?

CurtisCampbell

What a racist loser! This guy belongs on a chain gang not in any position of authority.

Bill Lommey

I'm wondering who the real Buckwheat is? Or who's the biggest pussy! The least the JO could have done it stand by the comment and not gravel for forgiveness. Thank God Obama is all Jesus like!

RuleofLaw

That's insulting to Buckwheat...he was no marxist.

James Wilkinson

Don't worry about calling the White House it's ok Remember "the ends justifys' the mean"

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