Submitted By Todd on January 7th at 12:01pm
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.