Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 13:30:42 -0500


Subject: Political Blunder

Date: November 10, 1995

From: Brian E. Mullins

To: Recipients of list ADS-L

Subject: Political Blunder

Watching the local news last week here in Central Kentucky I heard

Senator Wendell Ford jump all over a caller. Senator Ford was hosting a

talk radio show and was answering callers had regarding politics and

where Senator Ford stood. A caller was complaining about the a tax

proposal that the Senator was endorsing. The caller said, "I ain't near

rich as you." The Senator angrily replied, "I ain't nigger rich

either." This of course was the political blunder of the week here in

Kentucky. Senator Ford later apologized to 04 that he may have

offended, which in this state isn't many. He said he was only

reprimanding the caller for what he thought was said. Being from

Detroit and then moving to Kentucky I have heard numerous racial slurs

but this one is one I never heard. Is there such a slur? What does it

mean? The only guess I have is one that once owned numerous slaves was

"nigger rich." I imagine it wouldn't be hard to trace Senator Ford's roots.