I Bet Geoff Davis Never Watched Good Times
In these racially charged times in politics any misspoken word can be a landmine ready to blow up even if your last name isnt’ Clinton or Obama.
Kentucky Rep. Congressman Geoff Davis found that out the hard way this past Saturday night. In giving a speech to the Fourth District Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner in Boone County, Davis said, “I’m going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button. He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country.
Apparently, Davis is unaware of the connotation boy has when used in reference to adult African American males.
I can hear Michael Evans now opining, “Boy is a white racist word!”
“He simply misspoke,” said Jeremy Hughes, Davis’ campaign spokesman. Davis is in the midst of running for re-election.
Davis’ poor choice of words are being blamed as just a blunder and not latent racism. His supporters have also pointed out that along with his oldest daughter Davis has mentored African Americans in inner-city schools.
Calling adult African American males is a slur in the black community. It’s a reminder to many that although they may be as old as Methusaleh they will never get the respect that is due to an adult male in this society. It’s emasculating and pejorative, though many don’t see the connection even if it is unintentional.
“Geoff Davis is absolutely not a racist,” said Fourth District GOP Chairman Kevin Sell of Alexandria. He attended the dinner but didn’t recall the congressman referring to Obama as boy.