Racism And Church Ladies
October 12, 2010, 08:08 PM
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I did an item about racism and the word "jigger." (No, that's not a spelling error.)

Nicholas Stix has an item about racism and the phrase �church ladies.� reporting that in 1989, (when Dana Carvey was on television once a week as a white church lady) a "black foster care agency colleague accused me of being �racist� for using the phrase, �church ladies.�"

Well, isn't that special? I know what Stix meant by �church ladies.� It's a common type of African-American older woman who spends a lot of time in church, and wears a hat and nice dress on Sunday.(She votes Democratic, and doesn't think much of hip-hop.)

That's a stereotype, but it's an accurate one.

However, it's not a negative one, and it's not exclusive to elderly ladies on Harlem. The class of old ladies who wear hats to church and vote Democratic would include the late Ethel Kennedy.