Louisiana rep to civil rights veteran: “Talk to you later, Buckwheat”

posted at 6:53 pm on November 12, 2007 by Allahpundit

Her party is identified in the second sentence, a practice usually reserved for Republicans but forced upon the AP here by the electoral ramifications of the incident. The curious thing is that it wasn’t said in anger; on the contrary, she said it at the end of a conversation expressing her gratitude for the subject’s GOTV efforts on her behalf. One of the stranger racist incidents you’ll ever hear of:

Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, a Democrat, acknowledged that she ended a Thursday night conversation with Hazel Boykin by saying, “Talk to you later, Buckwheat.” Dartez had been thanking Boykin for driving voters to the polls…

Boykin, 75, helped desegregate restaurants and the parish school system in the 1960s. Her son, Jerome, is president of the Terrebonne Parish chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

“I’ve never had no one talk to me that way and I considered it a racial slur,” Hazel Boykin said. “I know the meaning of it, it’s just like the N-word.”

Jerome Boykin said Monday he planned to ask voters to cast ballots against Dartez, who faces Republican Joe Harrison in Saturday’s runoff.

“At this point, the NAACP is not concerned about the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. If a Republican is elected because of her racist remarks, that’s her responsibility,” he said of Dartez.

The question left unanswered by the AP article: Was “Buckwheat” some sort of Freudian slip as Dartez was trying to say “Boykin”? Or was it intentionally uttered in some bizarre half-assed attempt at camaraderie? WAFB supplies the terrible, improbable truth:

Boykin says, after his mother told him about the conversation, he called Dartez and she acknowledged she had used the “Buckwheat” reference. He says Dartez started to cry and apologized. “She said she’d gone to Walmart a couple of days ago and bought an Eddie Murphy tape and that’s what they said on the tape.” He says Dartez indicated she did not realize that the term could be interpreted as a racial slur.

Exit question one: Is Dartez really this stupid or is this just her equally half-assed cover story? Exit question two: Assuming she doesn’t resign, which WAFB says is a possibility, does she defeat the Republican anyway? (Exit answer: Yes!)


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This is exactly what white, Liberals think about blacks. They pretend to be respect and value blacks; but, in the end, all they want is for Buckwheat to shut up, stay out of the way and vote for them.

The legacy of the white, Liberal is to consider blacks as being childish, unsophisticated Buckwheats, who need to be taken care of. Sure, white, Liberals, pat Buckwheat on the head and tell him to move on.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 13, 2007 at 1:44 PM

delete “be.” Sigh.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 13, 2007 at 1:45 PM

Double Standards on parade.

RobCon on November 13, 2007 at 2:25 PM

Shucks Ellie Mae. When is Jethro comin home for suppa?

saved on November 13, 2007 at 2:27 PM

Would it be a racist slur for someone to call me Spanky???

coldshot on November 13, 2007 at 3:03 PM

Good thing she didn’t learn her “minority speak” from watching The Boondocks on Adult Swim… in about 30 minutes you’ll hear the infamously denounced N-word about 60 times… that would have been a Robert “KKK” Byrd moment…

m1a1usmc on November 13, 2007 at 3:14 PM

Is there something more insignificant we can comment on? My shoelace is untied.

thuja on November 13, 2007 at 11:53 AM

Au Contraire. It is very significant (or should be) to point out that one party consistently gets away with using language such as this without impact on their position, while at the same time, that same party and their enablers can force others to grovel before hustlers before resigning.

91Veteran on November 13, 2007 at 8:46 PM

Au Contraire. It is very significant (or should be) to point out that one party consistently gets away with using language such as this without impact on their position, while at the same time, that same party and their enablers can force others to grovel before hustlers before resigning.

91Veteran on November 13, 2007 at 8:46 PM

I’m not sure that is what is going on here. The run-off election is Saturday, her lead in the multiple candidate race wasn’t insurmountable (44% to the challengers 36%- meaning that 20% of the vote is in play), and the story of her idiocy went national. If she should be reelected, it will be by the slimmest of margins. I suspect that the same wind that brought Bobby Jindal in as governor will extend to give him the Republican provided that the man is a reform-minded candidate.

highhopes on November 13, 2007 at 9:22 PM

Au Contraire. It is very significant (or should be) to point out that one party consistently gets away with using language such as this without impact on their position, while at the same time, that same party and their enablers can force others to grovel before hustlers before resigning.

91Veteran on November 13, 2007 at 8:46 PM

Indeed. Macaca did cost the right the Senate. This might turn out a loss for her too. It’s fun, however, to see Ron Brown’s kid attempt to defend her on H & C. The hysterics of Colmes/Brown were fantastic.

Entelechy on November 13, 2007 at 9:57 PM

Every explanation I can imagine is so stupid it requires a willing suspension of incredulity. It was an incredibly stupid thing for her to say.

But to demand her resignation for it is stupid too.

The speech police are out of control nowadays, too busy shaping our minds to consider preserving our freedom.

petefrt on November 14, 2007 at 9:59 AM

Not to mention that her husband (a member of the Lousiiana Democratic Committee) was recently charged with knowingly hiring illegal aliens.

Kermit on November 14, 2007 at 10:50 AM

petefrt on November 14, 2007 at 9:59 AM

What he said.

The Race Card on November 14, 2007 at 3:33 PM

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