Things That Aren't Racist
OK, lets just stop this whole idea that anytime you say a word that could be a racial slur, it's automatically a slur, no matter the context. Tom Davis made the mistake of using the term tar-baby in the same memo in which he was discussing Barack Obama:
“Remember,” Davis writes, “Hispanic voters are a swing group in this election and future elections. John McCain, being from a border state, may be out of sync with many Republicans but he has standing among Hispanics. Barrack Obama has not made the sale to Hispanic voters. Thus, this issue is a tar baby for anyone who touches it, with land mines everywhere.”
Uhm, it's classless that he spelled his Obama's name, but come on, that IS a definition of tar-baby.