The term has been stirring some controversy with the weight of its racial connotations. Uppity is defined as “presumptuous,” a term that indicates assuming one’s liberties beyond their social status, a word that was used by white racists towards African Americans who they said did not know their proper place.
Yesterday, Limbaugh took to his radio show to express his reasons why he thought the crowd did not take to the President’s wife:
“We don’t like paying millions of dollars for Mrs. Obama’s vacations. The NASCAR crowd doesn’t quite understand why when the husband and the wife are going to the same place, the first lady has to take her own Boeing 757 with family and kids and hangers-on four hours earlier than her husband, who will be on his 747. NASCAR people understand that’s a little bit of a waste. They understand it’s a little bit of uppity-ism.”
The conservative host also cited a 2008 incident where a then Senator Obama was secretly recorded during a fundraiser where he called small-town Pennsylvanians “bitter” and “cling(ing)” to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Limbaugh then added “people that go to NASCAR races are the very people her husband called bitter clingers.”
The First Lady continued to keep the situation at bay, with her communications director Kristina Schake saying, “Mrs. Obama was proud to join NASCAR in recognizing our nation’s veterans and military families to raise awareness of this important issue for all Americans. As she has always said, she will proudly stand with anyone making a major commitment to serve and honor our military community and yesterday, NASCAR did just that.” –Adelle Platon