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Thread: Ex-Trump adviser tells black Fox News guest he's out of his 'cotton-picking mind'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    I'm pretty sure I'm aware enough to know the historical context of "cotton-picking" as being racist.

    Yes, you appear to be quite cocksure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    "Cotton picking" is used as a stand in for a genuine curse word, much as "dang" is sometimes used as a less offensive substitute for "damn" and "fudge" is sometimes used as a more polite expletive than "fuck".
    An adjective of Southern U.S. origin: Pain in the ass. Difficult. Bothersome. God-forsaken. Irritating. Frustrating. Crazy-making. Idiotic. Unbearable.

    Originated as a descriptor for the labor of harvesting cotton crops. Later used to described the farm-workers, primarily african-american slaves, who harvested the crops. May be offensive, and perceived as derogatory or insulting, to any intelligent or enlightened audience if spoken aloud.
    "Are you out of your cotton-pickin' mind?" "Assembling IKEA furniture is so cotton-pickin' hard if you don't follow the instructions." "My boss is such a cotton-pickin' fool."

    https://www.urbandictionary.com/defi...otton%20Pickin
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightswimmer View Post
    yes, you appear to be quite cocksure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    "Cotton picking" is used as a stand in for a genuine curse word, much as "dang" is sometimes used as a less offensive substitute for "damn" and "fudge" is sometimes used as a more polite expletive than "fuck".
    so, why don't we see a lot of "picking cotton" references being thrown up in the faces of African American's? It's the same as say "dang" or "fuck" - right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    there's a clear historical context between picking cotton and slavery.
    There is. But as with others here, the phrase is one I grew up hearing and never once associated with race. The fact that it could be construed as racist first came to my attention about a year ago. I’m more sensitive to it now. I’m glad Bossie apologized. People do sometimes put their feet in their mouths without intending their comments to be hurtful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Yes, you appear to be quite cocksure.
    it's common sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    is it a southern phrase or something?
    Rural anyway. My grandmother (and mom, for that matter) used it interchangeably with “pea-pickin.” Again, never once perceived either to be saying something racist. My mom would be mortified if someone thought she said something racist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    "Cotton picking" is used as a stand in for a genuine curse word, much as "dang" is sometimes used as a less offensive substitute for "damn" and "fudge" is sometimes used as a more polite expletive than "fuck".
    That’s the way in which I always heard it used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    There is. But as with others here, the phrase is one I grew up hearing and never once associated with race. The fact that it could be construed as racist first came to my attention about a year ago. I’m more sensitive to it now. I’m glad Bossie apologized. People do sometimes put their feet in their mouths without intending their comments to be hurtful.
    sometimes this site is like being in a Twilight Zone episode. Guess it just depends on who you talk to. Payne says he was offended based on his having ancestors that were sharecroppers. The Fox News host apologized to the audience. I didn't know that until seeing it just now on social media.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    is it a modern phrase?
    No, it's archaic. Cotton hasn't been handpicked in more than 100 years.

    As I recall.

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