Nevada Democratic Senator and Senate Leader Harry Reid apparently stepped in it:
The US Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, has apologised for private comments he made about Barack Obama before the 2008 presidential election.
He is quoted in a new book as saying Mr Obama could win since he was a “light-skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect”, unless he wanted one.
The Democrat said he now regretted “using such a poor choice of words” and apologised to any Americans offended.
President Obama quickly accepted the apology and said “the book is closed”.
Technically, Reid was right. A “Dark Skinned Negro with a Negro Dialect” may well have not done as well in the election. Somebody like, say Snoop Dogg. Snoop Dogg would have been easily beaten the primaries by Hillary Clinton.
But that’s only because Clinton showed a soft side when she cried that one time, and got past her Hard-Assed Bitch stereotype, which would have never faired well against sweet old Grandpa McCain, soft spoken war hero.
Who, in turn, would have done much worse in the election if he turned out to be some mean-spirited “GET OFF MY LAWN” bastard with an out of control wacko as a running mate.
Oh, wait, he was a mean-spirited “GET OFF MY LAWN” bastard with an out of control wacko as a running mate.
Well, anyway, it is probably good that the Democrats put a well mannered articulate Negro up for office instead of some Snoop Dogg character or maybe a Step and Fetch It kinda guy or a Jim Crow dancing singer guy.
The moral of the story: Yes, dear readers, racism is well ingrained in the system. A black person in relatively privileged circumstances is still somebody’s Negro, and that somebody can even be a relatively liberal Democrat. Just because MLK gave some fantastic speech 40 years ago does not mean that the racist environment we maintain in this country stopped mattering. To everyone.