First Trick

07Jan09

The first lady of Massachusetts is upset with the Boston Herald for its description of her husbands Gubernatorial Cadillac.

Patrick took particular offense to the description of the Cadillac as “tricked out” during the DeVille debacle that engulfed her husband, Gov. Deval Patrick, during his first days in office.

Deval is black, and Diane considered the use of the phrase with reference to his car as being racist.

“It didn’t have boom boxes, speakers on the outside, but they called it tricked-out,” Ifill quoted Patrick as saying.

She may have a point. Deval’s predecessor, Mitt Romney, had lots of rich cars, but no one described his cars in street terms that we know of.

Herald Editor Kevin Convey said the term “tricked out” had no racist implications.

“We’re sorry that the first lady feels the way she does, but the term ‘tricked out’ as a synonym for decorated or adorned is over 100 years old and has no racial connotation whatsoever. Moreover we meant none,” Convey said.

Discuss amongst yourselves.



One Response to “First Trick”

  1. Well when someone is constantly looking for racism it is amazing some of the places they find it in. I’m sure the governor and the first lady of Massachusetts already know that though because they are undoubtedly smart and articulate.


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