Urban (Un)Legend – People Are Not Urban

A Republican friend of mine, Scott, posted the following quote from Presidential Candidate Romney:

“We (Republicans) will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; We will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; we will stop unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next” Romney 2012

I have taken the liberty of putting in bold the part of the quote I’m writing about.

This needs to stop. Labeling things or worse, people, because of terminology you’ve heard in conversation.

Here is someone trying to get elected to lead the country, and in that is campaigning to help mystical people.

There’s no such thing as ‘Urban Children’. What is that anyway?

If you say Urban Legend, it means something spoken of but no one has ever seen it.

I’ve heard Urban Cities, but that’s a contradiction. Why?

ur·ban   [ur-buhn]


1. of, pertaining to, or designating a city or town.
2. living in a city.
3.characteristic of or accustomed to cities; citified: He is an urban type.

So Urban means City. Saying Urban City is saying city twice. Much like saying ATM Machine is saying Machine twice (the M in ATM).

So what exactly was Romney saying. Somehow, someway the term Urban became another way to describe African American people as a whole.

Or perhaps now it means all minorities.

Under the technical term of his use of the word urban in his quote, Romney was implying that all of the best schools are located out in the country, and he was going to help all City children get to any of those great schools they want to attend out in the country.

And we know that’s not true.

Look, we are people not urban. We’re not defined by where we live. Unless you’re out milking cows and pumping water from a well, we all live in the City. A City. Any City.

People who live in the country don’t refer to people who live in the City as The Urban’s. Stop doing it to us.

And while I’m at it, let’s do away with the term Reverse Racism, shall we?

No such thing. If a person doesn’t like another person because of their race, it’s RACISM. Period.

Reverse Racism makes even the word Racism racist.

Let’s knock this stuff off.


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