There are 3 things my Grandma Charlotte used to tell me all the time: 1. That books are my friends; 2. That she is always right–even when she’s wrong (she’s right); and 3. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. I remembered that last point when I heard about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comments about then-candidate Obama. If the extent of Reid’s comments were what I read in the HuffPo article about the book, Game Change, the interview appears in, then I’m really not all that mad at Senator Reid. In fact, I agree with him. He’s only in hot water because we need a dose of (racial) honesty.
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid apologized on Saturday for saying the race of Barack Obama – whom he described as a “light skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” – would help rather than hurt his eventual presidential bid.
Um, this is racist? Let’s take it point by point.