‘Listen Up, Buckwheat’

March 25, 2010 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

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.”