Harry Reid and stupid white people
Posted by keithosaunders on January 12, 2010
It never ceases to amaze me how politicians are able to gain office while retaining large amounts of ignorance. Harry Reid may, or may not be racist — I would like to believe that he is not. His ignorance, however, cannot be questioned. Reid, who in a private conversation during the 2008 campaign described Obama as a “light-skinned African-American with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one,” is now under pressure from Republicans to resign. That’s a nice trick, isn’t it — giving the Republicans the high road on race relations.
By a long shot this is not the most racist thing ever said. It certainly pales next to Dodger General Manager Al Campanis’ remarks about “Blacks not having the makeup to be executives in baseball,” or Jimmy the Greek’s musings on race, for that matter. Still, at the very least this reveals a train of thought — that a “Negro dialect’ is inferior to that of a white man.
It’s disheartening on many levels. This is a man who has risen to be among the top in his field to become the Senate Majority leader. I would expect him to have enough intelligence to be able to refrain from uttering disparaging remarks such as this.