Today the word “uppity” rose to number seven on Google’s list of extremely popular searches. The reason? Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh referred to First Lady Michelle Obama as “uppity-ish.” Specifically, Limbaugh was discussing a Nascar rally on Sunday the 20th where Michelle Obama was booed by the crowd. Limbaugh said he believed the crowd was upset because “They understand it’s a little bit of uppity-ism.”
Not only are record numbers of people searching for the word, but the media has been discussing Limbaugh’s particular word choice. Both the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, for example, have run stories on the incident.
Why does this particular word cause such a response? Unlike its synonym arrogant, the word uppity has a uniquely loaded racial history. It was first used in 1880 in a song called “Uncle Remus” to refer to black Americans who were being too self-assertive or stepping out of their so-called place. Back in 2008, when a Georgia senator referred to Obama as “uppity” it also caused quite a ruckus. It was discussed in USA Today, on NPR and of course across the blogosphere.
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