The debate began when Danny Tarkanian, a Republican House candidate in Nevada, accused his Democratic opponent, Nevada Senate Majority Leader Horsford of being insufficiently in tune to the needs of the district's African American community…
"They didn't say what the racist comment was — I'm still trying to figure out what it was," Tarkanian said. "Should we not work within the black community? … We could be like Steven Horsford, who's not doing anything with that community — and you know, pretend we're black and maybe try to get some votes if that's where it is. It's that extent that they're going to."
…but devolved into the suggestion that Horfsord was pretending to be black. There are two pieces of evidence to weigh in this case. On the one hand, there's Tarkanian's original comment, which prompted the original charge of racial insensitivity…
"My dad's worked in that community for a long time. And my mother has," Tarkanian said. "My basketball academy, which is very close to the district, has a lot of players and families in that district that are in our academy now for 10 years."
Maybe that's a little crass, but c'mon, he loves his hoops! 3 Melanin points for Tarkanian!
On the other hand, Tarkanian is the guy pictured on the right, Horsford on the left. This is one of those, we report, you decide situations.
Photos by Douglas Graham/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images and Steven Horsford