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Monday, January 11, 2010

 
Which Is The Dumber Racial Gaffe?

Recall what Harry Reid said:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect" in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.

It's a safe bet that "negro dialect" was not an allusion to Thomas Sowell's verbal style.

Then again, maybe Reid was right - that Obama doesn't talk like any black people we know of, highbrow or lowbrow. How many blacks use the term "wee-weed up"?

But seriously folks...I wish that the reportage had cited entire sentences and surrounding statements and not just those six words. I'd like to know how the lightness of Obama's skin (which is kinda what you expect from someone who's half black and half white) managed to get brought into the conversation.

Recall what Bill Clinton said (emphasis in original):

The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

What kind of person looks at a law school graduate and thinks of him as a menial?

Perhaps Clinton will offer the excuse that he was alluding not to Obama's race but the fact that he was a lobbyist a lot longer than he was an elected politician.

(I'll find out reeeeeal quick if any lobbyists read my blog.)

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