Sunday, January 10, 2010

Did Harry Reid's comments validate Barack Obama as being the "Magic Negro"?

When the editor for the Los Angeles Times David wrote his article back in 2007 entitled "Barack Obama The Magic Negro", liberals and Obama supporters in general didn't say much about it. It wasn't until radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh made a parody of David Ehrenstein's column with the focal point being Al Sharpton that then liberals became outraged but at Limbaugh instead. People who attacked Limbaugh ignored the key aspect to the parody. The parody wasn't more so about Barack Obama but more to do with the reference to Al Sharpton. Al Sharpton made a claim that Barack Obama "wasn't authentically black". Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid last year made the comment that Barack Obama could win the presidency because he was "light-skinned" and did not use a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." These comments just surfaced thanks to a book that was just release entitled "Game Change, a chronicle of the 2008 campaign. Going back to David The Illinois senator lends himself to white America's idealized, less-than-real black man". There is truth to what Ehrenstein wrote and to what Harry Reid and Joe Biden said about Barack Obama.
This morning I watched Meet the Press. David Gregory's guests were RNC Chairman Michael Steele and DNC Chariman Tim Kane. David brought up the issue of Reid's remarks, it was beyond humorous watching Tim Kane trying to validate the comments by saying that Reid didn't mean nothing negative, and his comments have been taken out of context for what they were meant, Obama accepted Reid's apology yesterday. Tim Kane is either clueless or a self serving political hack. Reid's comments was more directed at blacks in general then Barack Obama, because Reid's comment illustrated the "type" of black person that would be "acceptable" to become president. I know without a shadow of a doubt that if the Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would have made the exact same carbon copy remark, black liberals, the NAACP and pundits in the media would be demanding for McConnell to resign effective immediately. So I'm going to watch the network newscasts over the next twenty four hours to forty eight hours just to see how they "handle this story". I'll repeat this again, what Reid said has to do more with blacks in general then just Obama. Last year before the Democratic primaries, it was Senator Joe Biden who said “you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

I have yet to get an answer to my question that I asked last year in response to Joe Biden's comment. What is a "mainstream" African American? Could a "mainstream" African American to liberals be any black person who is "not dark skinned" and doesn't have a "negro dialect"? Former Senate Majority leader Trent Lott didn't make a racist statement at Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party, yet he lost his leadership position because he said a kind comment about Thurmond. Tim Kane demonstrated how much of a two faced hypocrite he is as the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. I've always said that there is a deep, embedded double standard when it comes to the issue or race in politics. This latest example is just one more grain of proof in a huge pile of evidence. When Barack Obama was a then State Senator from Illinois, he demanded on a radio talk show that Trent Lott resign. In this case however, Obama defends Reid even though Reid actually made a statement that is offensive to blacks period regardless of party affiliation or ideology. It appears that Barack Obama cares more about getting his agenda passed then defending what is right. The last three black candidates to run for the Democratic nomination for president were Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Carol Mosley Braun. Could the comments by Reid and Biden served as evidence to why these three black candidates weren't taken seriously in the Democratic primaries? Could it have been because these three candidates weren't "articulate, clean, light skinned and had negro dialects"? I still remember how Congressman Joe Wilson was branded a racist merely for claiming Obama lied. I forgot, Democrats are a protected class. Liberals want to paint conservatives as the ones who are "racially insensitive". Why is it then that liberals are the ones always being caught saying the most racially insensitive things like with now Harry Reid? If the Democratic Party is so in tune with the black community, why did Harry Reid make such a comment?

This is what I had to say about the stupid and out of touch comments by Harry Reid and the dismissal of Reid's comments by Democratic National Committee Chariman Tim Cane.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I hear the term "Negro Dialect" I think of someone speaking in Ebonics, or ghetto talk. Maybe I'm wrong, but there probably is more to it.

What I tend to notice is that it doesn't matter what race you are, it has to depend on the what political party you are a part of. However, if Harry Reid were to comment to saying that Condileeza Rice and Colin Powell, who are both Republican, that both don't have that "Negro dialect", would he not be condemned already?
But remember, Powell may be a Republican, but he also endorsed Obama.

Also, Tyrone, I would like to hear your opinion about a KFC ad in Australia, that many have found racist.
The ad shows a white guy surronded by a group of blacks at a cricket match and shares a bucket of KFC with the other spectators.
This is in Australia, but there are some black Americans who condemn the commercial already because somebody said it was "racist"
Have these black Americans gone to Australia?

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Harry Reid's comments reveal more about his attitude towards non-whites than anything. As if implying most blacks don't speak proper english. I hate how some blacks act like speaking proper english is talking white.

I reject Ebonics on the basis that it's not proper english anymore than the broken english spoken by foreigners who are getting their feet wet in learning the language. Those same foreigners with their heavy accents end up being more fluent in English than those who champion Ebonics.

I only feel inspired to learn other languages when people want to learn the language I speak.

Dialect and broken english are two different things.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous ljones said...

A response to the original post:
Why should Reid be villainized for speaking an ugly truth? All Americans should collectively be offended, not by his comments, but by the evidence that ignorance is still a prevalent issue. I find it frustrating that so many people lack the patience that is needed to evolve as a society, away from these poisonous thoughts. Racial issues have deep psychological roots, that will take hundreds of years to filter out through education and tolerance. Not to sound cliche, but we have to start with our children. When they witness our frustration and impatience over this incredible issue, it only fuels further division in their minds and society, which is subsequently passed to the next generation. The higher road must be taken by the educated and enlightened, and let the ignorant fools fall behind. Stop peddling angry banter, as it is not productive. In fact, it perpetuates the problem.

12:31 PM  

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