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Desc:He catches himself, kinda.
Category:News & Politics, Accidents & Explosions
Tags:lou dobbs, Cotton Pickin, Racial Sensitivity
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Comment count is 26
baleen - 2008-03-31

haha. OOPS.
Feyd - 2008-03-31
Wow, ouch!
gambol - 2008-03-31
Oh no.
citrusmirakel - 2008-03-31
No better timing for a racially insensitive slip, though I would have preferred "All this talk of race has really gypped our dialogue about progress. I mean, we really got jewed out of this one!"
citrusmirakel - 2008-03-31
"So I guess we'll have to nigger-rig something better."

RomancingTrain - 2008-03-31
I have never thought cotton pickin' as racist thing.
AgentOrange - 2008-03-31
Bugs Bunny said it.

Screwtape - 2008-03-31
Me neither. My HS biology teacher called us "cotton-pickers" every time we screwed up or were being lazy. I don't think he was racist in the least. Its just something that grizzled old-timers say.

citrusmirakel - 2008-03-31
Bugs Bunny did lots of racist shit, though.

Cap'n Profan!ty - 2008-03-31
Screwtape: It all goes into the general well of the psyche. Who picks cotton? Black folks. Who's lazy? Cotton pickers. Thus, black folks. You don't have to hit people over the head in order for them to make the connections, and each time it's done, it reinforces some segment of the logical chain.

Lou Dobbs knew it, which is why he stopped himself.

baleen - 2008-04-01

Well, yes. But I think he should be forgiven. I basically agree with what he's saying, although I'm not coming from the place where he's coming from to get to there. I believe that without all these subconscious things being put in the open, in public, nothing will ever change.

The more powerful shit like this in our language the more damaging it is.

However he is being extremely simplistic and condemning people that he doesn't understand, because he is a white republican who feels that racial dialog is merely an issue of submission to people who need power than they have and don't want to "work for it." If you want to understand the way conservative white people think of race in this day and age, read their guru, Shelby Steele. Steele has a lot of very valid points, but he is basically writing for a white audience that is tired of the "Race Game."

The thing is, we really SHOULDN'T have to watch what we say. In an ideal world, the word nigger should not hold so much power that we can't even talk about it... or even say a word that sounds like it.

Randroid - 2008-03-31
Dobbs: I'm not racist but when i see a person with a big nose i can't help but shout out SHEENY SHEENY SHEENY SHEENY until they run back to their synagogue on their flat feet.
Caminante Nocturno - 2008-03-31
I think that's the closest I've ever seen that phrase being used outside of a cartoon.
dancingshadow - 2008-03-31
That there cotton pickin porch monkey's a racist.
Smellvin - 2008-03-31
It's ok. We're takin' it back.

jmags - 2008-03-31
I really hope that people are joking about not thinking "cotton-pickin'" is overtly racist, especially in this context.
RomancingTrain - 2008-03-31
They haven't shown the racist Bugs Bunny cartoons very much in my lifetime. Until now I've never noticed it was racist. I do now.

Binro the Heretic - 2008-03-31
I also liked how he repeated everything he said two or three times. Nothing says "incompetence" like padding your dialog with rephrased statements.

"Well, this is the most ethnically diverse nation on the planet. I hope ms. Rice realizes that of all the nations in the world, ours is the most ethnically diverse. As far as ethnic diversity goes, ours is the finest nation in the world."

Our district manager does this and he's as useless as tits on a bull.
Cap'n Profan!ty - 2008-03-31
Lou Dobbs: We're diverse! We're progressive! Best in the world on both! But let's turn this into an Anglo-Saxon country with a giant wall keeping the brown people away, please!

It's funny that he extols its virtues when he's a cheerleader for undoing it.

Menudo con queso - 2008-03-31
Hell, I'm more offended by the bleepy-bloopy-bloonk techno-noises at 0:05 than Jowlbags McJingo's gassy emanations. C'mon cable news, can you really not have a screen wipe without a sound effect to go with it?
Menudo con queso - 2008-04-07
Also, quick memo to Lou: all the Mexican futbol fans you so dearly loathe have a name for what you just did there, it's called an "autogol." GOOOOOOOOOL!

kingarthur - 2008-03-31
"God-dammit, no spearchucker is gonna tell me I have a problem with race!"
JimBeam - 2008-03-31
Oh, so it's racist when Bugs Bunny calls a cotton picker a cotton picker, but when Daffy Duck lets it fly it's supposed to be acceptable?
kingarthur - 2008-03-31
Daffy's black.

kingarthur - 2008-03-31
Well....I'm Captain Obvious today aren't I?

FABIO2 - 2008-05-26
Those last 5 seconds are the expression of a man desperately waiting for the camera to cut.
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