[ExI] usage question
pharos at gmail.com
Sat Jul 25 21:31:34 UTC 2009
On 7/26/09, Damien Broderick wrote:
> What hypersensitive literal-mindedness is this?
> <Crowley said Gates referred to Crowley's mother as a way of showing his
> When the officer repeatedly asked Gates to speak with him outside, the
> professor responded, "Ya, I'll speak with your mama outside," Crowley wrote
> in a police report.
> "I'm still just amazed that somebody of his level of intelligence could
> stoop to such a level, and berate me, accuse me of being a racist or racial
> profiling," Crowley said Thursday with WEEI-AM. "And then speaking about my
> mother, it's just -- it's beyond words." >
> What am I missing? I've never heard this expression, but I'd guess it means
> "You're acting like a bad child, I'll have to report you to your mother and
> have her perform some severe correction." Or could it mean, "I see your mama
> the crack ho is out on the street hustling her booty"? Or is it just that
> for (white?) working class USians, mothers are sacred and must *never* be so
> much as *mentioned* by *anyone* except in tones of deepest respect.
Not only you missed the point. The white officer did as well.
You need to be an African American.
He was instinctively (because he was angry) trying to put down the officer.
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