touch of the tar brush

have a touch of the tar brush

dated ethnic slur To be of mixed race, such that one's skin is darker than that of a person with only white ancestry. My racist aunt refuses to vote for someone who has a touch of the tar brush.
See also: brush, have, of, tar, touch

touch of the tar brush

dated ethnic slur Of mixed race, such that one's skin is darker than that of a person with only white ancestry. My racist aunt refuses to vote for someone who has a touch of the tar brush.
See also: brush, of, tar, touch
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CELEBRITY: Liverpool's former world boxing champion John Conteh talks about the film A Touch of the Tar Brush, a Black Audio Collective documentary retracing the 1933 steps of JB Priestley, and who filmed the same Liverpool family many years later.
"Touch of the tar brush. There's too many of our own out of work."
Does he not realise that this remark together with the associated phrase "touch of the tar brush'' is racist?