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 â€?church ladies.â€?
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 â€?racistâ€? for using the phrase, â€?church ladies.â€?"
Well, isn`t that special? I know what Stix meant by â€?church ladies.â€?
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.