• Harry Reid Opened Mouth, Inserted Foot, Mumbled About "Negro Dialect"

    harry-reid-vertSo there's this new book called Game Change, which uses hundreds of anonymous insider interviews to recount dirt from the 2008 presidential election. In a nutshell: all the major players were egomaniacs who hated each other and said mean things in private meetings. Game changing!

    But one bit of gossip stands out from the rest…

    [Sen. Harry Reid] was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a "light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one," as he said privately. Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama's race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination.

    That's the second time this week that the almost-n-word has caused controversy

    A U.S. Census Bureau spokesman said the use of the term "negro" on the 2010 Census is intended to offer some older African-Americans a new identifier.

    The New York Daily News said while some African-American residents of New York questioned the use of the term in this year's census, bureau spokesman Jack Martin called it a term of inclusion.

    "Many older African-Americans identified themselves that way, and many still do," Martin said. "Those who identify themselves as Negroes need to be included."

    So what's really behind the Senate majority leader's insensitive remark, which is prompting Republican calls for his resignation? Is he a racist? Has he spent too much time palling around with older African-Americans?

    Or is Harry Reid simply trying to qualify for the men's Olympic downhill stupid team?

    Tags: Barack Obama, Books, Census, Harry Reid, Racism


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