Does silence on Harry Reid’s racist comments make Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson hypocrites?
Is there any doubt that both of these gentlemen who firmly believe all whites are racists would have been silent if the same comments were made by a Republican?
It may be a bit awkward, to be sure, for Jackson to run to the defense of President Obama after his own comments claiming he would like to cut Obama’s nuts out. But Sharpton? What cat has his tongue?
If you missed the story, and I suppose that is possible with the liberal protectionist media, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid described then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008 as “light-skinned” with “no Negro dialect” unless he wants one. These revelations were made in a new book about the McCain – Obama race called Game Change. And if you get your news from Mainstream Media outlets like 60 Minutes, you very well could have missed the story. You see, they interviewed the book’s authors last night and neglected to ask about the explosive statement by Harry Reid. But they did manage a query or two about less than flattering statements about Palin. Imagine that.
To put Harry Reid’s statement in context, he was asked about why he was an early supporter of Barack Obama. He said he had “light skin” and “no Negro dialect unless he wanted one”.
The obviously unasked yet implied part of the question was “Why do you support Obama so early, before he is the obvious nominee, yet you failed to support other African-Americans like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in their presidential bids”.
That is the question Harry Reid answered.
Or to put it another way, Jackson and Sharpton are too dark and ghetto. Ouch!
So Reid claims he made a misstatement. A poor choice of words.
Is there a better way to say Sharpton and Jackson were too dark and ghetto for Reid’s taste?
And Reid spent the weekend making phone calls to prominent black leaders including Sharpton and Obama. (He just thinks Jackson is nuts.) Somehow, the media seems to think this statement was somehow offensive to Obama, who accepted his apology. In Reid’s tiny little mind, this was a complement to Obama. Reid believes that his thinking Obama is “kinda like a white guy” is a good thing for Obama.
Sorry, Harry. Most of my African-American friends prefer to hold onto their own racial identity. To them, and to me, their skin color and “dialect” are a part of them and part of their heritage, to be embraced and celebrated. Remember diversity, Harry? If the only things the Reid looks for are light skin and a white dialect, then Republican Chairman Michael Steele is correct. Harry Reid is a racist and needs to go.
This country needs to move past the days when how you look and sound define who you are.
Harry Reid obviously has not.