John on January 10, 2010 at 8:24 am
You’ve probably heard about Harry Reid’s remarks about Obama by now:
Reid’s remarks about Obama were revealed in “Game Change,” a book detailing the 2008 race by Time’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann.
The authors describe Reid assessing Obama’s strengths as a candidate. Reid, they write, “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.
Right off the bat, I want to say that I do not think Harry Reid is a racist. He’s an old man who grew up in a different era. Forty years ago when he started his political career, referring to a black person as a “negro” would not have been considered offensive in the way it is now. I could be mistaken, but I seem to recall Dr. King himself using this term. Additionally, the modern day term of reference “african-American,” if it had even been coined back then, certainly wasn’t commonplace. I think Reid slipped into a language from another time without thinking. No malice was intended and I think the President, to his credit, recognizes that.
All of that said, it was Harry Reid who took to the Senate floor just a few months ago and said this:
Comparing opponents of ObamaCare to segregationists is a low blow. A guy who is willing to play the race card on his opponents without any particular reason for doing so ought not to expect those same opponents to be overly gracious when he is caught up in his own racial flap.
How about apologizing to conservatives, Harry, for bringing out the race card. It really has no place in our politics as I’m sure you’re now eager to concede.
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