‘Listen Up, Buckwheat’

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 8:56 am

File this under news stories that would be a whole lot more damaging if the culprits were not themselves African-American.

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.”

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Dee Evans
Comment posted March 25, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

It's funny what some people think passes for humor. I just hope he knows that the people he was speaking to were probably laughing at him and not with him. It's people like this nerd that makes it hard for all Black people.

Comment posted March 25, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

Poitier obviously hasn't come past the same attitude that was prevalent in the 80's and 90's. Black people calling themselves “n*****s”. It is no longer the case, because they now see how damaging it was. Poitier hasn't gotten that message yet, apparently.

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Comment posted March 27, 2010 @ 12:40 am

Anybody know if Poitier has a history of making racially-charged comments in the past?

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