As the term ‘Redskin’ continues to face an onslaught of criticism from Americans who believe its use is insensitive to Native Americans, it appears the crusade against racial slurs remains active. When the offensive language emanates from the mouth of leftist icon Michelle Obama, however, the usual voices of outrage are strangely quiet.
Obama, herself a minority and activist for racial sensitivity, used a term believed by many to have insensitive and discriminatory undertones during a recent interview.
While describing her efforts to succeed as a working mother, Obama noted that she initially attempted to work a part-time job.
“I realized I was getting gypped on that front,” she maintained.
While the original ABC report of her comments failed to mention it, a number of other sources explained the term ‘gyp’ is widely considered a slur against the Romani people.
As the Daily Caller pointed out, the word is derived from ‘gypsy,’ itself a derogatory term for the group, which suggests the use of fraud or thievery to achieve a goal. The site compares its use to similarly offensive phrases such as ‘Jewed down’ or ‘Indian giver.’
Early in his first term, Barack Obama also used the disparaging term in describing how insurance companies treat consumers.
While some might contend she did not intend any offense when using the term, critics say Republican politicians are often lambasted for use of language deemed racist despite the user’s intent. One example posted on Twitter was an extemporaneous comment made in 2006 by then-Senate candidate George Allen.
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) June 26, 2014
Other social media users pointed out the apparent incongruity of Obama’s position regarding inclusion and her use of such a term.
— WRKO (@WRKO680) June 25, 2014
Still, others believe that, no matter the source, America’s preoccupation with political correctness has gone too far.
Michelle Obama is in trouble for using the word “gypped.”I’ll say the same as I would if she were conservative-find a better use for time.
— Damon Parker (@DamonParker1) June 26, 2014
Photo credit: Barack Obama (Flickr)
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