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What puts Saakashvili next to a comic, an actor and a pop-singer?2010-07-30 19:34
Mikhail Saakashvili is not lost for the Georgians. They should not have thought that he became an over-Americanized politician after his studying in the USA. Despite Barack Obama's authority, Mishiko suddenly told what he thought about him: "Are we Negroes? Why should we behave like savages?" To speechwriters' surprise, the president revealed his racial nature covered by no political correctness, which probably rebounds to his honor: he took his place next to comic Michael Richards, actor Mel Gibson and Ukrainian pop-singer Anastasia Prikhodko.
It is interesting whether the scandalous story that happened to Mikhail Saakashvili will reach Barack Obama. Do you remember the Georgian leader desperately attaining a meeting with the black president last spring? He spent a whole month in the US to be granted a brief handshake and a couple of phrases.
And now it looks like a heart-to-heart conversation with Obama has failed. Not only did the Georgian leader publicly used the word "Negro" banned in the English-American world but also directly characterized the Africans as savages.
His slip triggered an immediate response from tolerance guards - human rights organizations. Georgian Human Rights Center underlined that Saakashvili has been lately allowing incorrect statements of racist nature.
Saakashvili was many times accused of nationalism, Russophobia and Fascism but never did he give a handle to consider him a racist.
In such cases, it is customary to prove there was no insulting note in a racial statement. Georgian president's press service followed the beaten path, having stated that Saakashvili's words were wrongly interpreted and were given a racial context. Judging by a short report on Saakashvili's official website, there is such an idiom in Georgian but it is never used in a sense humiliating for the blacks.
Perhaps, it bears the same meaning as Victor Chernomyrdin's saying "sweating like negroes" or it neutral variant "working hard like negroes", or, as Putin has put it, "like slaves on galleys". However, according to Soviet ideology, labor makes the man, while the word "savages" may be taken as an insult.
In the Soviet Union, where Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was very popular, the word "negro" never had a negative meaning. Probably, US have accused this writer of racism and excluded her from the school educational programs, while Russia has not yet acquired such a crazy view of political correctness.
The world Negro is not prohibited among Russians, though it is gradually disappearing from periodicals due to self-censorship.