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Harry Reid Channels Joe Biden

Monday, January 11, 2010, 22:36 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

I think I’ve figured out why Democratic leaders reflexively hurl the “racist” label at anyone who disagrees with President Obama’s policies: they’re all racist and they assume everyone else is, too. Let’s start with current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-):

A new book suggests that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thought Barack Obama’s candidacy would be helped because he was, quote, “light-skinned and had no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.”

Too many liberal bloggers to count have sprung to Reid’s defense, claiming that the remarks weren’t racist because Reid was complimenting Obama when he said it. I seem to recall an old All in the Family episode in which Archie Bunker complimented Lionel Jefferson as “a credit to his race,” but no one with a brain cell would claim that Archie wasn’t a racially bigoted character.

Besides, let’s analyze what Reid said. For starters, no one uses the term “Negro” any more; it’s considered passe at best and offensive at worst, even though it was embraced a generation or two ago by black Americans. The more important issue is what exactly Reid means by a “Negro dialect.” Is he talking about the southern accent prevalent among the large population of black people who grew up in that region? Their white neighbors have the same accent. Is he referring to the street language used by poorly educated urban youths and affected by rap artists? You certainly don’t have to be black to speak poorly as a result of substandard education, and Eminem has managed to make a nice career for himself as a white rapper.

Perhaps Reid was evoking the faux accent Obama himself would put on when talking to an audience of, say, southern black voters. Sure, it was an affectation, and an annoying one at that, in my humble opinion. But candidate Hillary Clinton also adopted it on the campaign train in southern states. Is it still a “Negro dialect” if a white woman uses it?

But that’s enough dumping on Reid. As I remarked on my Facebook page yesterday, it could have been a lot worse. Don’t forget the time when Joe Biden, at the time also running for the Democratic presidential nomination, called Obama “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” I like to give Biden the benefit of the doubt and presume he meant to say “the first mainstream African-American candidate who is” all those things, but I’m not sure that makes things much better. I can think of plenty of black politicians who are articulate and bright and nice looking. And what’s with the “clean” part? Egad. Of course, Biden doens’t have a particular problem just with black people; he also managed to stereotype Asian Indians back in 2006.

But wait, it doesn’t stop with Reid and Biden. Another Democratic paragon of virtue, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, trumps them both with this remark he made to Esquire magazine:

“I’m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived,” Blagojevich said. “I saw it all growing up.”

So Blagojevich thinks shining shoes gives him black cred? Good grief.

What these three gentlemen (and I use the term loosely) have failed to learn is the wisdom of the old adage that it is better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. These guys are fools, and racist fools at that.

Or maybe they aren’t. Perhaps we can make a more accurate determination using a helpful flowchart developed by the semi-retired Pillage Idiot to determine whether or not an allegedly offensive remark is racist. I’m pretty sure the DNC has it hanging on their wall and uses it daily.

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  1. Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 04:31 EDT at 04:31

    Oh Please, Harry Reid makes a statement that even most black folks somewhat agree with and you have your GOP lynch mob ready. The GOP is the party of hatred and narrow-mindedness and it alwsy will be.I feel confident that you fools will Palin yourselves into losing in 2012 as well.-paul

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