The Star FINALLY REPORTED ON MAMMY GATE!!! HOORAY!!!
Here's what TKC posted previously:
Here are my favorite ugly details from THE STAR:
An employee of the Kansas City mayor’s office said Wednesday night that she filed a formal complaint after the mayor’s wife called her “Mammy.”EVEN WORSE: Here is MAYOR FUNKHOUSER'S INCOMPREHENSIBLE, DISHONEST AND CONDESCENDING DEFENSE:
Ruth Bates, who is African-American, filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this fall. But Wednesday was the first time she talked publicly about the complaint, which also claims bias in her rate of pay.
Funkhouser said Wednesday night that “Mammy” wasn’t a racial slur because Squitiro “puts an ‘e’ on virtually everything” as a form of endearment, particularly with friends, which they considered Bates to be.And really, anyone who would believe such a thing is a complete idiot and deserves to give Gloria Squitiro a foot massage. Only the most die hard Funkhouser loyalist would consider such a foolhardy explanation credible.
In this case, he said Squitiro added an “e” sound to “ma’am” and as a result apparently had said “Yes, Ma’am-e” to Bates.
As proof that no offense was intended, he said, his wife refers to herself as “Mammy” in conversations and e-mails.
“She did not know anyone would construe it as a racial slur,” he said.
Actually, I'm just a bit giddy that I got something right for a change!!!
There's more to the story that involves pay disparity and the Mayor's overall respect for all of Kansas City regarding his endorsement of nepotism in keeping his wife employed as an unpaid campaign volunteer in the mayor's office where she is accountable to no one.
But the same people who spoke out against Amato yesterday need to (probably will) do the same when it comes to Squitiro. If insensitive language is inappropriate in one place then it's inappropriate everywhere.
Those bitches and d-bags should definitely get right on top of that . . .
TKC STAYS WINNING!!!
Finally, here's a bit of info about Hattie McDaniel:
McDaniel solidified the "Mammy" character/caricature in American popular culture. She was the first African-American to win an Oscar but her depiction also drew fierce criticism from African-American leaders. She was born on June 10, 1895 in Wichita, Kansas.
Her role and acting ability in the motion picture "Gone with the Wind" was so powerful that anyone who has watched TV in the past 50 years couldn't possibly claim that they weren't aware of the "Mammy" archetype which she helped to craft.