[ExI] usage question

BillK 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
> displeasure.
>  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.

See:   <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dozens>

He was instinctively (because he was angry) trying to put down the officer.


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