02 Aug '11, 10am

Colorado Congressman Refers to Obama as a Tar Baby | Care2 Causes

Representative Lamborn is either a middle-aged man OR heard the phrase from a person over the age of 45 OR a racist. The primary source for the phrase "tar baby" is a story contained in one of Joel Chandler Harris "Uncle Remus" books. These tales are ostensibly the recollection of a former slave, Uncle Remus. Uncle Remus' tales are, by and large, a re-telling of African folk tales, many of which relate to some manifestation of the Trickster archetype. It is quite common in the South, particularly among individuals age 45 or older to refer to any problem from which it is difficult to extricate oneself as a "tar baby". One could argue either way whether Uncle Remus' tales are inherently racist OR an homage to the traditional wisdom imported with the captive African peoples. My first impression is that Rep. Lamborn was using "tar baby" in the more common sense of "an inextric...

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