By: Tiffani Haynes
President Barack Obama, leader of the free world or not, is still going through the motions of being an African-American, racism included.
Recently, a book emerged with Senate majority leader Harry Reid making racial comments aimed at Obama during the 2008 presidential election. Reid called the then-candidate a “light-skinned” African-American who had “no negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
Reid has since apologized for the comments and Obama has accepted. Even Democrats have rallied around Reid to show their support, saying the apology has been issued and the matter should be put away.
According to MSNBC.com, Democratic Senator-RI Jack Reed spoke out in Reid’s defense.
“I think that’s a totally different context. Harry Reid made a misstatement,” Reed said. “He owned up to it. He apologized. I think he is mortified by the statement he’s made. And I don’t think he should step down.”
Yet, Republicans are upset by the double standard of racism.
“There is this standard where the Democrats feel that they can say these things and they can apologize when it comes from the mouths of their own. But if it comes from anyone else, it’s racism,” said Michael Steele, Black Republic. “It’s either racist or it’s not. And it’s inappropriate, absolutely.”
Yet, comments like Reid’s really shouldn’t be that surprising nowadays. Unfortunately, skin color is still seen first, no matter the position. It’s inevitable. Besides, isn’t there a war or healthcare bill we should be tending to?
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