Thursday, 4 August 2011

Tar Baby in Hot Water (again!)


How pathetic to watch America trying to neuter its cultural history in the name of politically correct conformity. Every figurative use of language now has to submit to the moralistic equivalent of spell-check. "Tar baby" was not invented by Uncle Remus  author Joel Chandler Harris (who was white) but merely transcribed from the plantation stories he heard as a youth. The term originated in Africa's (Uburu?) own oral folklore. As a trope for a situation that grows worse the more we struggle against it, try to find one that equals its sheer sticking succinctness. The negro mind that once helped broaden the global colloquy now seems set on squelching it.

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