Negro dialect? Really Senator Harry Reid? Just because you mean well doesn’t mean your comments were not racially insensitive. If you’re dark-skinned with a negro dialect…guess you’ll never be elected. Bright=right, huh?
Democrats continue to close ranks behind Sen. Reid after the book “Game Change” revealed that he made comments suggesting that Barack Obama could become the first African-American president because he was “light-skinned” and because he did not speak with a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Reid has apologized, but the right is milking this situation for all it’s worth and calling for him to step down.
In this situation I feel that what is said has been said and there is no good excuse. There is a lot wrong with Reid’s remarks. Blacks shouldn’t give him a pass, and Democrats shouldn’t either. He shouldn’t the spokesperson for the Dems, anymore than Trent Lott should be the spokesperson for Republicans. If he going to see any real repercussions? Perhaps when he’s up for re-election.
We should hold politicians to a higher standard and sometimes you don’t get a second chance after you put your foot in your mouth. Joe Biden is the exception to that rule, the Dems can’t afford to have more than one loud mouth who doesn’t think before he speaks. That’s what the Republicans and Fox news are for.
The NY Times makes some great points:
Supporters of Mr. Reid said the Reid and Lott situations were also different because of what they say is Mr. Reid’s unimpeachable record on civil rights. They mentioned Mr. Reid’s support from black leaders across the country as well as his efforts to integrate the Las Vegas strip and Nevada’s gambling industry. Mr. Lott’s record was more mixed, and included, among things, his previous opposition to making the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday and his vote against the Voting Right Act as a member of Congress.
“They are not in the least bit comparable,” said Lani Guinier, the Harvard Law School professor whose nomination as assistant attorney general for civil rights in 1993 was pummeled by conservative groups and eventually withdrawn by President Bill Clinton.
Mr. Lott’s remarks, Ms. Guinier said, seemed to be expressing nostalgia for the segregationist platform of Mr. Thurmond’s 1948 presidential campaign, while Mr. Reid comments seemed to be addressing “an unfortunate truth about the present.” That truth, she said, is that Mr. Obama would have had a more difficult time getting elected if his skin were darker and if he spoke in a dialect more identifiable as “black.”
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I’m sure that none of my readers will be surprised that Republican leaders have yet to understand that the crazy stuff they say online will be picked up in mainstream media or at least by the bloggers. Here’s another example from Gawker.com:
“First of all, why is a vice chairwoman of the Young Republicans 38 years old? And secondly, why is she “lol”-ing at racist Facebook comments? Oh, right, because she is a vice chairwoman of the Young Republicans.
Frankly? It is a pretty non-shocking example of the GOP’s ability to find humor in the craziest and most racist of places. But here is the magical tale of Audra Shay, Young Republican leader:
Shay posted something dumb about health care, on her Facebook, and one of her friends responded, as anyone would, with an angry string of slurs.
Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.”
Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments: “You tell em Eric! lol.””
Note to the Republican party: It’s really, really hard to re-invent your image when your membership doesn’t embody that “change”.
But wait…it gets better. Shay only de-friended people who complained about her comments!
Cassie Wallender, a national committeewoman from the Washington Young Republican Federation, then wrote: “Someone please help a naïve Seattle girl out, is Eric’s comment a racist slur?” She answered her own question one minute later: “Okay, why is this okay? I just looked it up. ‘It comes from a term baracoons (a cage) where they used to place Africans who were waiting to be sent to America to be slaves.’ THIS IS NOT OKAY AND IT’S NOT FUNNY.”
This was followed soon after by the chairman of the D.C. Young Republicans, Sean L. Conner, who wrote “I’m really saddened that you would support this type of racial language. ..wow! Thanks Cassie for standing up…”
Baracoons, really? Well, there is my black history lesson for the day. Wow.
I couldn’t have said it better myself so I’ll let these guys break it down
From GOP’s New Mascot—An Albino Dinosaur
What the GOP is missing: a DEMOGRAPHER
I have nothing against old white guys—I’ll be one soon enough myself—but is this any way to compete in an increasingly diverse democracy? The GOP is rapidly becoming a dinosaur. An albino one.
Whoo, can you say harsh? Hello Negro can.
I think this reworked GOP logo from Daily Koz says it even better.
…, but it’s when you get in the ring and face your opponent alone (without the benefit of speech writers like former George W. Bush scribe Matthew Scully) that the public will really be able to see how you fight you battles, and if you have the stuff in you to win, to be a true champion. You will not have the benefit of these well crafted words when you debate. You’ve set the bar very high with that speech. Your Republican supporters will expect much of the same, just like a reigning champ. There’s nothing like seeing the champ go down, huh?
I think you would have done better explaining yourself and who you will be as a VP than trying to just cut down Obama and Biden. I thought that was Rudy’s job, he’s gotten quite good at it over the last year when it comes to Obama.
From NBC/NJ’s Matthew E. Berger – MSNBC.MSN.com
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — African-American Republicans told McCain Tuesday not to abandon efforts to court black voters, despite the uphill battle in facing a prominent African-American Democratic challenger, meeting participants told NBC/National Journal.
A small group of black Republican current and former elected officials met with McCain at his Virginia headquarters, carrying a message that McCain and the Republican Party should reach out to black voters through “conversation and engagement” on issues like economic policy and healthcare.
“It’s important, especially with an African American running on the Democratic side, that the party reawaken its relationship (with black voters), no matter how tattered and torn it has been over the years,” Michael Steele, the former Maryland lieutenant governor, said in an interview.
Included in the group were Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell — who ran lost to Ted Strickland in 2006 for Ohio governor — and former Rep. J.C. Watts, according to the campaign. Lynn Swann, the pro football Hall of Famer who ran for Pennsylvania governor in 2006, participated by conference call. Continue reading
It seems that both Reps and Dems are targeting the Hispanic vote, especially in Texas. The past has taught me that this kind of attention comes with strings and neglected promises. African Americans have experienced let downs by Democrats and Republicans alike when it comes to candidates coming to our communities and pledging to represent us. Some great examples can be found in Randall Kennedy’s book “Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word” which traces the use of the epithet and notes its use by Presidents Truman, Johnson and Nixon. There have been ups and downs, but in the end allegiance to one party is not the key to any race’s advancement in America.
It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S’s: Slavery, Secession, Segregation and now Socialism.
Because of recent scandals involving Strom Thurmond, people are familar with the term Dixiecrats. There is more than enough evidence that there were Democrats who fought against the movement of African Americans having equal civil rights and civil liberties. This is quite clear.
When it comes to Republicans, I thank their forefathers for their role in the emancipation of my ancestors, however their hands are dirty as well. In the year 2008, the Republican party is far from “preferred” status in the African American community. The Regan Years had a lot to do with that. Who can forget the Jesse Helms “White Hands” ad that focused on racial quotas.
One should also note the “Southern Strategy” used by Richard Nixon. Continue reading
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Ok, you know the drill!!
Don’t get married…Carry on, Negroes.
There is so much history presented in this short video…dag. I’m going to have to buy “Emancipation Revelation/Revolution”. Republicans and Democrats…know your history!
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