BigCliff wrote:There's nothing actually racist about what he said, and the comparison's to Lott's fiasco are crap.
But, its absolutely a double standard for folks like me to raise a fuss over Limbaugh's "Barack the Magic Negro" and say there's nothing wrong with Reid's comment, so carry on.
Good thing your not a spokesperson for the African American community. I would beg to differ and the majority of the African American community would as well.
Senator Harry Reid’s ‘ Negro’ Problem
10 Jan 2010 Author: rikyrah
I wanted to let it go.
But, Harry Reid has a ‘Negro’ Problem.
YES, I know it’s from Mark Halperin, but if it wasn’t true, Reid wouldn’t have APOLOGIZED.
From the new book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin -Game Change – they have the following tidbit about Reid:
On page 37, a remark, said “privately” by Sen. Harry Reid, about Barack Obama’s racial appeal. Though Reid would later say that he was neutral in the presidential race, the truth, the authors write, was that his
encouragement of Obama was unequivocal. He was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” as he said privately. Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama’s race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination.
I’m sorry, but this is the kind of mess that just angers me. White folks pretending that Barack Obama was the first Black person to graduate from Harvard when W.E.B. DuBois got his Phd from Harvard in 1895.
There were whole swaths of Black folk who were educated BEFORE the Civil Rights Movement.
W-T-F is NEGRO DIALECT?
Do you honestly believe that Black people walk around talking Ebonics? That you aren’t talking about a SUBSET of people?
That the overwhelming majority of BLACK people with BLACK parents IN AMERICA were raised speaking the ‘ King’s English’, and that we were liable to get hurt if we didn’t.
This was an insult by Reid, but guess what, it’s not an insult that any other EDUCATED BLACK PERSON hasn’t heard in their lifetime.
The difference between sentiment and being sentimental is the following: Sentiment is when a driver swerves out of the way to avoid hitting a rabbit on the road. Being sentimental is when the same driver, when swerving away from the rabbit, hits a pedestrian.