Today I turn to a more serious topic. The new press secretary, Tony Snow. The president has aligned him self with idiot after idiot (after all it takes one to know one). And it didn't take long for Tony Snow to show us what he's all about. A racist idiot. There has been some debate as to whether "hugging the tar baby" is racist or not. Those defending him claim its an old phrase. No one seems to remember hearing it before or know what it might mean. There is an interesting article in The Sentinel discussing this issue.
But let's break it down:
As per wikipedia , "The tar baby is a form of a character widespread in African folklore. In various folktales, gum, wax, or other sticky material is used to trap a person. In Southern black speech in the 19th century, the word "baby" referred to both a baby and a child's "doll." Thus, the expression "tar baby" meant a tar doll or tar mannequin. For an example of such a character in popular American culture see Br'er Rabbit. The term also has a negative connotation. The expression tar baby is also used occasionally as a derogatory term for black people (in the U.S. it refers to African-Americans; in New Zealand it refers to Maoris), or among blacks as a term for a particularly dark-skinned person." (citing Maven's Word of the Day: Tar Baby, February 12 1999, accessed May 16 2006).
I'll leave it up to you to decide.
Here's the video for your viewing pleasure