Harry Reid And Racial Insensitivity
Senate Majority Leader Democrat Harry Reid from Nevada has been exposed as the latest white politician to make an insensitive comment about a black person. A new book, Game Change, says that Mr. Reid essentially made the comment that then Democratic presidential hopeful Illinois Senator Barack Obama would be an ideal candidate because he was a light skinned Negro and had the ability to sound black only whenever he wanted. And now, conservatives are crying foul because they contend if one of their own said this, they would be deemed a racist and therefore, Mr. Reid should resign.
Okay I’ll bite. When was the last time any high profile political conservative ever expressed the slightest concern about somebody using racial slurs against a black person? Was it when Rush Limbaugh was playing that Barack the Magic Negro song? Was it when South Carolina Senator George Allen referred to the minority in the crowd at one of his rallies as macaca? Did conservatives care when a conservative bureaucrat distributed an image of all the Presidents with Mr. Obama depicted as little more than a pair of bulging eyeballs on a black background? The answers are nope, nada, and hell no.
Conservatives are accusing liberals of having a double standard. And that might be true. If liberals heard somebody like South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson, who is already on their shit list for shouting out his infamous comment calling Mr. Obama a liar during a formal address to the Congress, they’d have a totally different reaction.
But the conservatives are guilty of their own double standard. Conservatives have never expressed any concern over anyone using a poor choice of words in reference to the black community. Rush Limbaugh makes racial offenses part of his standard operating procedure on his conservative talk radio show. Way too many conservatives applaud when black people are the subject of some racist rant. It ain’t black people watching reruns of Seinfeld with Michael “Did someone say nigger” Richards, Duane “My son ain’t going to date some soulless nigger” Chapman, or Don “Nappy headed ‘ho’s” Imus. Compared to these offenders, Mr. Reid calling Mr. Obama a light skinned Negro shouldn’t even register as a blip on their offense meter.
But now that Mr. Reid is the offender, the conservatives are pulling out the stops, pointing the figure in feigned astonishment, trying to make a case on black people’s behalf. I think the last time conservatives did something specifically for blacks was when President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. And even with that gesture of racial generosity on conservative’s part, it is a matter of contention whether or not it was for the welfare of black people. A lot of white people were complaining that they couldn’t find work as long as black people had to work for free. Mr. Lincoln’s personal opinion was that no black person would ever have the same status as any white person. No doubt, Mr. Lincoln could have given a rat’s ass about black people. And that conservative mindset appears to be the popular sentiment of today.
So now a lot of conservatives want to point to liberals and cry foul and we’re supposed to take them seriously. This morning Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele wants to point his subjective finger at Mr. Reid and say if a conservative did it the liberals would be having a field day. Yes, and if a conservative did it, Mr. Steele would be on the other side of the fence as well. That’s what happens in political circles.
In the game of politics, nothing is done with fairness in mind. No decision is made with impartiality. It’s all about whatever benefits my side. Do the conservatives care what white people in high places think about the black community? No. Do the liberals give a damn about the black community? Hell no! Nobody is saying that the Democrats have the black community’s best interests at heart. Our politicians ignore every social problem that continues to plague the black community. But somehow we’re supposed to believe that Harry Reid’s comment about a black man a year ago means something to someone now.
Everybody who sits in one of those high seats of government has referred to a black person some time in their life with a derogatory racial slur. Harry Reid is definitely not the first and he certainly won’t be the last. But now Republicans want to call for his resignation. I say good luck. If it didn’t matter to them then it probably doesn’t really matter now. But in the game of politics, it’s hard to pass up a chance to score points.