Sunday, January 10, 2010

Reid apologizes for mentioning that Obama is black

Or so it seems:
"The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama's race during the 2008 presidential bid and are quoted in a yet-to-be-released book about the campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Obama is the nation's first African-American president.

"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments," Reid said in a statement released after the excerpts were first reported on the Web site of The Atlantic.


Blacks do have some speech patterns of their own -- known to some as "Ebonics" -- and blacks do attach significance to how light-skinned they are -- with lighter skin being more prestigious -- but you are not supposed to mention any of that, apparently. Reality is censored!


J. Birch said...

Nothing will happen to Reid over this remark since he's Mullah Obama's #2 agenda-pusher. (comrade Pelosi bing #1) Without Reid and Pelosi, the team of Obummer and Soros will not be able to complete their social re-engineering of Amerika into the Marxist utopia they invision.

In fact, one of the reasons we're seeing so many Demoncrats jumping ship is because even they realize what's being done to this country, and fear a voter tsunami come next Nov. Best to "get off the island" before the waves hit.

That coming tsunami is also why Mullah Obama and his congress are moving at warp speed to pass all of the anti-freedom legislation into law while they still have the power. For them, it's now or never! Irionically, it's also now or never for real Americans who want their country back. If the voters blow it in Nov., it will take generations to repair the damage being done by the Demoncrats, assuming all this damage can be repaired.

Anonymous said...

I have read this story three times in three different publications but am still trying to work out what is racist about it.
There are only two statements in the passage:
1. That Obama is relatively light skinned for a black man, and
2. That he speaks well and without any noticable 'black' inflections.
There is a possible third one - that voters are more comfortable with black people who exhibit the above two characteristics - but that's a comment about other people's racism.
Both of the statements seem to be facts. Neither seems to be at all derogatory. Is observing and saying the obvious really so offensive?

Anonymous said...

Anon, the point is, the obvious double standard. Had that exact statement been made by a Republican, or a Conservative, the Left would be demanding their heads, as they did to former majority leader Trent Lott.

Anonymous said...

Trent Lott didn't have the balls to defend himself. All all his repug buddies abandoned him. Hey Trent, how'd that praying work out for ya?

Robert said...

Today's Democrat party could use an update on its symbols that would more accurately reflect its attitudes. I would suggest the Eye of Sauron as a more appropriate symbol, and "Because We Can" by Sandy Andina as their party anthem.

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