Saturday, January 9, 2010

Senator Harry Reid Refers to Obama’s Negro Dialect

Reid apologized Saturday for remarks he made about then-candidate Barack Obama.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Saturday following reports he had privately described then-candidate Barack Obama during the presidential campaign as a black candidate who could be successful thanks in part to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

Journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann reported the remarks in their new book “Game Change,” which was purchased by CNN Saturday at a Washington-area bookstore. The book is slated for official release next Tuesday.

“He (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," they write.

“I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words,” Reid said in a statement to CNN. (Update 3:15 pm:Reid spokesman Jim Manley tells CNN that the senator also called President Obama Saturday afternoon to apologize for his remark.)

“I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments.


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  1. Senator Ried was unable to hide his racists tenancy well enough this time. His true nature surface for all to see. This is why I believe African Americans need not have any locality to any one Political Party. Because in the final analysis we determine if we are going to treated fairly or not. Senator Ried has show where is at when it comes to race relations, his verison of an acceptable Black person is one that act Whites Sambo-ism

  2. When "People of color" are no longer looked upon as objects for dissemination and are no longer regarded based upon common racial diversity factors and standards that have been established by European Culture in comparisions of white v. black, brown, or yellow, etc. Only then will there be a common denominator of respect for all people as opposed to what is becoming more apparent and rampant "Racial Profiling"

  3. No wonder racism/hate is at an all time high. Caucasians deeply embedded hate for blacks have been embraced by this pathetic race from generation-to-generation. Racism will never go away until whites wake up and realize they are no longer superior and they cannot parade around with the belief that they can spit out all types of garbage (ignorance) from their mouth with impunity. Being a "dark skinned" black, I have experienced racism numerous times (specifically in the work place)and I am so tired of whites keeping the race war alive. Caucasians - please learn respect for all races - for we are all HUMAN BEINGS THAT WERE CREATED BY GOD and must live in this world together.