“[Reid] 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.”
Well, gee at least he didn't say he was "Clean and Articulate" - or he might have become Vice President!
From FDL (Yes, FDL - and I don't wanna hear about it!)
Yeah, this is pretty rich.
Here’s a guy who promised to woo African American voters with fried chicken, refused to criticize Glenn Beck for saying that the president was a “white culture”-hating racist, and who just a few days ago dropped the Native American equivalent of “nigger” on national teevee.
And when it was pointed out to him by a fellow Republican that “injun” isn’t kosher, Steele told him to “get a life.”
Steele is an assclown who should stick to what he does best: busting out early ’90s hip hop slang in an effort to sound cool while generally making a mockery of the Republican Party.
Let me state just for the record as a Black Man, that I don't have the slightest problem with what Reid said because it's absolutely true.
It's not like America is exactly ready for President Flava Flav!
How about Secretary of State Ole' Dirty Bastard or T.I.?
Reid's comment was essentially that Obama doesn't fit easily in the stereotype of the Angry English-Mangling Black Man, because that's not who he is. And the fact is - it's not.
I myself wrote almost exactly two years ago the "Barack Obama is not the Black Candidate" for President.
The argument that Black people are so pavlovian as to simply vote for Obama's skin tone happens to be just as racist as the accusation that New Hampshire voters were so racist that they simply lied to the pollsters.
Now we have a huge brujah over whether or not a Clinton aide has dropped the "Shuck and Jive" bomb on Obama. People pUH_leeze, that term is so ancient that Black people tossed it out with their platform stacks and bellbottoms. It's so 1977 - it's irrelevant.
But let me tell you - in the opinion of just one black man to the rest of the world - Barack Obama is not the epitome of the "Black Candidate" or "Black Savior" to me simply because - frankly - Barack Obama isn't really all that "Black."
That's what I said then and I stand by it.
But now saying he doesn't use "Negro Dialect unless he wants to" is somehow a bad thing? Heck at least he didn't call it "Ebonics".
This we get from the Party who thinks "Barack the Magic Negro" is a good (and supposedly funny) song?
Let's listen again to it now and recall that the entire of the song was supposed a set of criticism being thrown at Barack by an Al Sharpton-ish characer for his not being "Black Enough"...
"Yeah, the guy from the L.A. paper
Said he makes guilty whites feel good
They’ll vote for him, and not for me
'Cause he's not from the hood.
Michael Steele didn't say JACK about this when it was being played on Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Republicans and Tea Baggers have called the President a Nazy, Fascist, Socialist, Marxist, Genocidal Communist Totalitarian Illegal Alien from Kenya - and their outraged, Outraged I Say - because Harry Reid told the truth and said he speaks proper English?
You have to recognize that Black people themselves have quite openly argued and discussed the long standing history of stratified racism against darker skinned black people and for the lighter skinned. Reid was correctly pointing out that feeling that the out-and-out discrimination that continues today has always been somewhat less for those of lighter (less pure African) complexion than those of darker skin tones. This conflict between the light-skinned "Wallabe's" and the dark-skinned "Gigaboos" was the entire point of Spike Lee's second film "School Daze".
Frankly, I''m impressed that Reid is that HIP to the issue.
It's actually a subject the deserves some serious discussion. For example, put all this in the context of the 2010 Census which does include the selection "Black, African Am., or Negro" on the forms that will be sent out. In decades past those forms used to have seperate selections for "Negro", "Mulatto" or "Octaroon". We've come a ways from those days, but just how far exactly?
The truth about this statement by Steele is really to get revenge for the ouster of Trent Lott when he said "Things would've been better if Strom Thurman" had become President.
Strom Thurman, the guy that set the filibuster record while fighting against Integration, would've made this s "Better" Country?
Sen John Cornyn has already made exactly that argument:
"In 2002, Democrats expressed outrage at Senator Lott and called on him to step down as leader. That same standard should be applied to Senator Reid and his embarrassing and racially insensitive statements; statements, I would add, that Senator Reid still has yet to clarify," Cornyn said in a written statement.
"As we await his explanation, Senator Reid should do the right thing, follow the example that he himself set in 2002, and step down as majority leader."
The fact is that Revenge for Trent Lott is the sole motivation brimming under the surface for Republicans on this issue was made crystal clear this morning by Liz Cheney on This Week. - and was amazingly slapped back down in her chair by GEORGE WILL of all people.
On the roundtable, George Will defended Reid against charges of racism and provoked this spirited exchange with fellow conservative Liz Cheney:
WILL: I don't think there's a scintilla of racism in what Harry Reid said. At long last, Harry Reid has said something that no one can disagree with, and he gets in trouble for it.
CHENEY: George, give me a break. I mean, talking about the color of the president's skin...
WILL: Did he get it wrong?
CHENEY: ... and the candidate's...
WILL: Did he say anything false?
CHENEY: ... it's -- these are clearly racist comments, George.
WILL: Oh, my, no.
Cheney also said the episode highlights a liberal double standard on issues of race. “One of the things that makes the American people frustrated is when they see time and time again liberals excusing racism from other liberals. And I think that, you know, clearly, Senator Reid's comments were outrageous.”
What Reid said is "Outrageous"? No THIS is Outrageous.
Time and time again anything a Liberal even mentions about the subject of Race - Conservatives go screaming to the hills with cries fo "RACISM RACISM!", but they can walk around with signs like the above (or those shown in the Max Blumenthal video below) and when Janeane Garafalo says "This looks Racist to Me" they have nothing to say...
Ironical, isn't it?
These people don't care a wit about the honor and dignity for Black people they just want to screw over those "Damn Dirty Liberals" any chance they get. A better example of blind Hatred and Bigotry against a group - simply for being members of the group, ie. Liberal - would be difficult to find.