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Kansas mayor's use of 'tar baby' term creating outcry


SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Salina Mayor Karl Ryan's use of the phrase "tar baby" during a city commission meeting is creating an outcry in his central Kansas community.

The Salina Journal reports the furor stems from a June 25 meeting during which Ryan said, "Can I just be a tar baby for a minute," during discussion about authorizing the city manager to exceed his spending authority to pay for care seized animals.

Ryan, who is white, says his mother would call him a "tar baby" when he being difficult. He says he first heard the phrase in Joel Chandler Harris' "Uncle Remus" tales of Br'er Rabbit...

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