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Candidate for Kendrick Meek's congressional seat calls Obama "Buckwheat"

From WPLG in Miami: "Corey Poitier, who is running for U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek's seat, delivered a passionate speech against the health care reform bill Monday night to Broward County Republicans. During the speech, Poitier addressed the President by saying 'Listen up, Buckwheat…'

"I wasn't meaning him any harm. Maybe it was a little insensitive," Poitier said. "It's a term that my brother and I use. It was kind of a way of saying, 'dummy,' like when I say to my brother, 'Hey, Buckwheat, cut that out.' That's what it was."

Buckwheat was a black character on "Our Gang" or the "Little Rascals," a series of movie shorts in the 1920s and the use of the word is largely considered a slur. The station notes that Poitier, who is black, is the "only Republican so far in the race for District 17, where 57 percent of constituents are black and where nine out of 10 voters cast their votes for Obama." He's said to be weighing a call to the White House to apologize.

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SethPlatt

That may be your pet name for your little bro, but to a crowd of Republicans it is a Racist remark, that I am sure received a fair share of snickers.
Pandering to Hatred of the Right will not win you many votes in your district.
This election could be over before it even starts.

majii

I'm African-American, and I can say without a doubt that Poitier is definitely toast if word gets out into the African-American community that he said this, and I hope it does. Poitier shouldn't be allowed to represent toilet waste.

Charles

I will vote against Kendrick Meek because of teh healthcare bill but this can't be the best the Respublican party has to offer. Mr Poitier, that was racist no matter how much spin you put on it. I hope I have another choice when it comes down to ousting Meek.

SethPlatt

Charles Kendrick Meek is not even running in that race. Get a clue about the candidates and policy before you post or vote.

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