January 11th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

Reid's actions speak louder than his gaffe

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Anthony Coley
Special to CNN

Sharks can smell even the smallest drop of blood miles away, so it should come as no surprise that, even in their home districts, Beltway Republicans began circling when news broke of Harry Reid's latest self-inflicted wound.

While the rest of us were watching football or "Avatar" or just trying to keep warm this weekend, Beltway Republicans pounced on an inappropriate comment Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid made in reference to then-Sen. Barack Obama.

In case you missed it, late Friday night, theatlantic.com posted an excerpt from the long-anticipated book "Game Change," an account of the 2008 presidential campaign. It quoted Reid as saying Obama was "light-skinned ... with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

The contextual inference: African-Americans don't speak the King's English, and Obama's lighter skin makes him more appealing to the masses.

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  1. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Personally, My IQ is in the near genius range and I lump people based on how well they communicate, not their race/culture/ethnicity.

    I would rather talk to an educated, well cultured, intellectual person than someone who is ignorant, backward, and has a lower intellect. There just isn't enough for me to relate to the latter person over the former.

    IT is not about voiding out race/culture/ethnicity, variety is the spice of life. I love learning about other cultures. It is about what is on the inside and how well they carry themselves on the outside.

    If they are pulled together and articulate well and can do good things...they are worth talking with. IF they are slovenly, crude, choice not to learn how to better themselves with proper manners/etiquette, and are lazy or destructive then I do not wish to associate with them....there is nothing in common there.

    I think his comment was stated in a very 1950's manner instead of how it should have been stated. He was noting that Obama is educated, well mannered, articulates clearly and carries himself well and is industrious.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  2. eleanor coombs, ga

    I find no fault in Mr. Reid's statement on what he said in regards to the then Senator Obama's light skinned complexion and his articulation . President Obama went to school to be an attorney. In doing so, it helped him to articulate his words , as did his wife 1st Lady Michelle..It just goes to show that America is still color conscience and make me wonder if President Obama was Michelle's color would he had even been consider for the position.Knowing the answer, let me end on this note...no hard feelings here!

    January 11, 2010 at 2:50 pm |