Say it after me: “If Bush had said this…”

Posted by: Phineas on July 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm

What would your reaction be if President George W. Bush, his father, or any president of the last 100 years had referred to African-Americans as a “mongrel people?” You’d be shocked at the tone-deafness, right? Maybe outraged, determined to vote for his next opponent, maybe even calling for his resignation?

How about if President Obama said it?

President Obama calls African-Americans a ‘mongrel people’

President Obama waded into the national race debate in an unlikely setting and with an unusual choice of words: telling daytime talk show hosts that African-Americans are “sort of a mongrel people.”

The president appeared on ABC’s morning talk show “The View” Thursday, where he talked about the forced resignation of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, his experience with race and his roots.

When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: “We are sort of a mongrel people.”

“I mean we’re all kinds of mixed up,” Obama said. “That’s actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it.”

The president’s remarks were directed at the roots of all Americans. The definition of mongrel as an adjective is defined as “of mixed breed, nature, or origin,” according to

I’m sorry, but the writer’s breezy dismissal of Obama’s use of “mongrel” is just plain specious. It is an incredibly charged word in the history of American racism, often made use of by White supremacist groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan. In fact, the late Senator Robert Byrd, once a Klan officer, wrote long ago in a letter that he never wanted to:

“…see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels.”

And now we have a President of the United States using the same words as the Klan? An African-American president? How clueless and tone deaf do you have to be to miss the significance of calling Blacks “a mongrel people,” no matter how you try to spread it around?

(This reminds me of the interview he gave in Britain, in which he said he believed in American exceptionalism, just as Greeks believed in Greek exceptionalism and Britons in British exceptionalism. In other words, it’s further proof he does not understand the country he leads.)

To go back to the opening questions, you can be sure that, if Reagan, either of the Bushes, Clinton… or any modern president had said that, there would be huge demonstrations and race hustlers such as Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton would be calling for his resignation. If it were said at a Tea Party or put on a sign, it would be taken as proof that the Tea Parties are just a racist front.

But, just watch. I have a sneaking suspicion that,since the press corps largely sees his success as their mission, they’ll try to give this a pass and let it flow down the memory hole.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go pick my jaw up off the floor.

UPDATE: Bruce at GayPatriot reminds us of the use of “mongrel” in perhaps the most inflammatory movie in US history.

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(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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14 Responses to “Say it after me: “If Bush had said this…””


  1. Bill Fabrizio says:

    Since Obama is clearly not our first “post racial” president, maybe he is instead our first “post cranial” president. His brain never seems to work when disconnected from his teleprompter.

  2. People's Front of Judea says:

    If we’re all mongrels, then affirmative action is bu11$hit!

  3. Anthony – great post! Where’s the outrage? *crickets chirping*

    I can just see the Sharpton/Jackson crowd trying to “explain” things: “Oh, well he’s one of us .. so it’s ok ..”


  4. RogerCfromSD says:

    Obama himself is a mongrel. An anti-American, Marxist mongrel. THAT I will agree with.

  5. DavidL says:

    If Dim Won thinks we are all mongels, why does his Census ask us for our race? Mongel works fine for me. Any you?

  6. Steve Hussein Skubinna says:

    Sure, we all of us are mongrels… but there are much less racially charged ways to describe it. It’s almost as if he wants to inflame racial tensions in…

    uh, ummm…

    Never mind.

  7. Kate says:

    Let’s not hold our breath for the NAACP to comment…they are to busy looking for someone to infiltrate the Tea Party with racists signs they made…

    I KNOW!! He’s trying out for Jerry Springer…Loser! Loser!

  8. NC Cop says:

    Absolutely stunning.

  9. Susan says:

    Why does Obamination insist on distinguishing star-bellied Sneeches from the plain-bellied Sneeches?!?

    Does “we” as in his statement “we just know more about it” refer to black people? I take exception to his statement, which is an attempt to divide people into separate groups with broad brush strokes.

  10. Jo says:

    Un-freakin’ believable. What’s next with this dolt?

  11. Carlos says:

    @People’s Front of Judea: What a great point! We’ve all known all along that affirmative action is simply another way of saying redistribution of wealth, but this puts the lie to it in a great way.

    All because of an affirmative action wannabee prez.