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“Talk to you later, Buckwheat!” Democrat blames Eddie Murphy

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 13, 2007 10:34 AM

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This is all your fault, Eddie.

What a quandary for the race-hustling mob. An insensitive slur surfaces in the South. But it comes out of the mouth of a female Democrat. Ignore or exploit? What to do, what to do…

Allah and many others yesterday blogged about the bizarro Democrat politician, Carla Dartez, from Louisiana who called the mother of a black civil rights leader “Buckwheat.” She’s blaming an Eddie Murphy movie for her racial gaffe:

Louisiana State Representative Carla Dartez is considering resigning after allegedly referring to the mother of an NAACP president as “Buckwheat,” a Houma newspaper reported Friday.

Jerome Boykin, President of Morgan City’s NAACP, told WAFB 9NEWS that Dartez was speaking by phone with his mother to thank his mother for her help with Dartez’s re-election bid. That help included volunteering to drive voters to the polls during the October 20th primary. Boykin says Dartez ended that conversation by telling his mother, “Talk to you later, Buckwheat.” Boykin says he considers that to be a racial slur.

Boykin, who supported Dartez’s re-election bid in October, says he has now informed Dartez he is no longer supporting her. “I will do everything in my power to see that she’s not re-elected,” Boykin told WAFB 9NEWS. Dartez, a Democrat, received 44% of the vote in October, and faces a November 17th runoff against Republican Joe Harrison, who received 36% of the primary vote.

Boykin says, after his mother told him about the conversation, he called Dartez and she acknowledged she had used the “Buckwheat” reference. He says Dartez started to cry and apologized. “She said she’d gone to Walmart a couple of days ago and bought an Eddie Murphy tape and that’s what they said on the tape.” He says Dartez indicated she did not realize that the term could be interpreted as a racial slur.

Oooookay. (Or did she say “O-tay?”) So, did she watch Best of Saturday Night Live videos and not realize that it’s un-P.C. comedy, not P.C. cultural training?

Dartez has issued an apology, but is now refusing to withdraw from her race:

Dartez has represented parts of Terrebonne, St. Mary and Assumption parishes since 1999. She has said she does not intend to drop out of the race.

“I made an insensitive comment when speaking with Hazel Boykin, and I have apologized to the Boykin family and publicly for my choice of words,” Dartez said in a statement. “I have a strong record of fighting for issues important to the African American community; in fact, I have a 93 percent voting record with the Black Caucus.”

Oh, well, that makes everything alright then!

Dartez has quite the shady history. Protecting illegal aliens, for example, isn’t exactly a help to the African American community. Her husband was indicted on charges of allegedly harboring illegal aliens through his construction business earlier this month:

A federal grand jury has indicted the husband of a state representative and his business manager in an investigation of illegal immigrants at the husband’s Morgan City businesses.

Lenny J. Dartez — husband of state Rep. Carla Dartez, D-Morgan City — and Kenneth J. Morrison face federal charges of harboring illegal aliens. Prosecutors are also seeking the forfeiture of two company vans allegedly used to transport illegal immigrants to and from job sites, according to an indictment filed Friday. Lenny Dartez, a member of the Louisiana Democratic Party’s central committee, was arrested last month in the investigation. He has denied wrongdoing.

Prosecutors allege that two of Lenny Dartez’s companies, Winston Service Contractors and Cobra Contractors, hired out at least five illegal immigrants from Trinidad to refurbish offshore piping. Morrison is listed in the indictment as the manger of both of those companies.

The investigation began earlier this year when federal agents responded to a tip that illegal immigrants were allegedly working for Lenny Dartez and living in a group of mobile homes in Amelia, according to court documents. The agents detained five Trinidad nationals in May, three of whom were on their way to work in a van registered to Winston Service Contractors, according to court documents.

Most of the workers had traveled to the U.S. on tourist visas, according to court documents. Morrison told agents that all of the men had provided Social Security numbers, but a former office worker alleged that Lenny Dartez and Morrison knew the immigrants were illegal and processed their payroll information separately from other employees, according to court documents.

On top of all that, Rep. Dartez recently hit a pedestrian when she made an improper lane-change, and had been involved in two other vehicle incidents–one a serious motorcycle crash, the other a DWI.

Will she get a pass on her “Buckwheat” moment? It wouldn’t be the first time. Remember California Democrat Cruz Bustamante’s n-word incident? If these Democrat politicians spewing epithets were white, the grievance mobsters would be crying institutional racism at the top of their lungs. When minorities are doing the slurring, though, the p.c. police are more than willing to chalk it up to thoughtless “slips of the tongue” and “accidents.” (Contrast with macaca-gate.)

Watch the national media coverage. Or rather, the lack thereof. Double standards and business as usual…

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Commenter legalbgl: “Eddie Murphy also did a skit where he said ‘Merry Christmas God Dammit!’ Is that going to be Carla Dartez’s holiday greeting?”

No word yet on whether Dartez has made any “Velvet Jones” jokes.

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