Negro dialect? Really Senator Harry Reid? Just because you mean well doesn’t mean your comments were not racially insensitive. If you’re dark-skinned with a negro dialect…guess you’ll never be elected. Bright=right, huh?
Democrats continue to close ranks behind Sen. Reid after the book “Game Change” revealed that he made comments suggesting that Barack Obama could become the first African-American president because he was “light-skinned” and because he did not speak with a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Reid has apologized, but the right is milking this situation for all it’s worth and calling for him to step down.
In this situation I feel that what is said has been said and there is no good excuse. There is a lot wrong with Reid’s remarks. Blacks shouldn’t give him a pass, and Democrats shouldn’t either. He shouldn’t the spokesperson for the Dems, anymore than Trent Lott should be the spokesperson for Republicans. If he going to see any real repercussions? Perhaps when he’s up for re-election.
We should hold politicians to a higher standard and sometimes you don’t get a second chance after you put your foot in your mouth. Joe Biden is the exception to that rule, the Dems can’t afford to have more than one loud mouth who doesn’t think before he speaks. That’s what the Republicans and Fox news are for.
The NY Times makes some great points:
Supporters of Mr. Reid said the Reid and Lott situations were also different because of what they say is Mr. Reid’s unimpeachable record on civil rights. They mentioned Mr. Reid’s support from black leaders across the country as well as his efforts to integrate the Las Vegas strip and Nevada’s gambling industry. Mr. Lott’s record was more mixed, and included, among things, his previous opposition to making the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday and his vote against the Voting Right Act as a member of Congress.
“They are not in the least bit comparable,” said Lani Guinier, the Harvard Law School professor whose nomination as assistant attorney general for civil rights in 1993 was pummeled by conservative groups and eventually withdrawn by President Bill Clinton.
Mr. Lott’s remarks, Ms. Guinier said, seemed to be expressing nostalgia for the segregationist platform of Mr. Thurmond’s 1948 presidential campaign, while Mr. Reid comments seemed to be addressing “an unfortunate truth about the present.” That truth, she said, is that Mr. Obama would have had a more difficult time getting elected if his skin were darker and if he spoke in a dialect more identifiable as “black.”