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Those GOP champions of African American rights January 11, 2010

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.

Isn’t partisan politics fun! With a few off the cuff remarks by Democrat Harry Reid, the Republicans are now on all the TV news shows trumpeting their newfound concerns about bruised images of African Americans. The comments, contained in a new book about the 2008 presidential race, said Barack Obama was more acceptable because he was light skinned and did not use African American dialect.

If Reid had said many American voters feel that, he would have been correct, if not politically correct. Racism in America is real and still strongly felt by many people. The vehemence against Obama reflects that. More liberal white Democrats, like John Kerry or Al Gore, were not treated similarly. White Americans have for generations accepted African Americans in entertainment and sports, and now politics, if they looked and behaved more like suburban whites.

If the GOP response were more sincere, it might be credible. They were the party of Lincoln and Grant, after all. But they have been the party of late whose convention had only a tiny percentage of non-white delegates.



1. The Chemist - January 15, 2010

If that’s all Harry Reid said, then I find it interesting that the Republican party isn’t chastened by the implications, rather than invigorated by the statement itself. Actually, scratch that. I don’t find it interesting, “predictable” is more apt.

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