Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 13:30:42 -0500 From: BRIAN E MULLINS 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.