The HNIC and Harry Reid

10 Jan

The HNIC has conveniently been provided an escape route from his many missteps and problems. In the last several days a book published about the 2008 election quoted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as saying of then Candidate Obama that he thought that Barack Obama could win the presidency because he was “light-skinned” and did not use a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

President Obama, to those who have an ear speaks in Black Brahmin, which is a black dialect using cadences and tones drown from the upper and middle class black community in the South. Famous individuals in the arts who used this dialect were James Earl Jones and Lena Horne – and it is not uncommonly used by well educate black ministers delivering sermons. Martin Luther King used a “southernized” version of this in speeches.

Steele, speaking on Fox News Sunday and NBC’s Meet the Press, said the same standard should apply to Reid as was applied to former Majority Leader Trent Lott in 2002 when Republicans controlled the Senate.

Lott lost his job after praising former Strom Thurmond’s segregationist campaign for President in 1948, saying if he had won, “we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years.” Lott made the remarks at a 100th birthday party for the late senator.

“There’s a big double standard here,” Steele said on NBC. “When Democrats get caught saying racist things, an apology is enough . If that had been (GOP Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell saying that about an African-American candidate for president of the United States, trust me …the DNC would be screaming for his head very much like they were with Trent Lott.”

Nor surprisingly, Steele fully dons his Uncle Tom mantle in defending Trent Lott, whose support of then staunch segregationist Stom Thurmond whose Dixiecrat Party’s platform supported a rollback of every iota of desegregation and rights of black people – including anti-lynching legislation. The Dixiecrat Party was a third party, whose racial policies directly opposed those or the Republican Party of the time, and were angry Norther Democrats supported Civil Rights. The States’ Rights Democratic Party (Dixiecrats) opposed racial integration and wanted to retain Jim Crow laws and white supremacy. The party’s slogan was “Segregation Forever!” Dixiecrats organized in response to President Harry S. Truman’s proposed 1948 civil rights package, based on the what was believed by many whites as the greatest threatened federal intrusion into the South since Reconstruction – drawing from the same “state’s rights” concept as the the current Tea Party. The Civil Rights Act of 1948 consisted of four primary pieces of legislation: abolition of the poll tax, a federal anti-lynching law, desegregation legislation, and a permanent Federal Employment Practices Committee (FEPC) to prevent racial discrimination in jobs funded by federal dollars.

So, Trent Lott’s statement in support of Strom Thurmond is directly in support of white supremacy, segregation, and the right to punish black people extra-legally by lynching as white citizens saw fit.

Compared to Reid’s correct observation that America is far too racist to accept a President that is “too black” – either in skin color or speech.

With the cost of Gold nowadays, I’ll have to forego presentation of a Gold Plated Uncle Tom Award of the Decade for Uncle Mikkie – so he’ll just have to do with this Stepin Fetchit award –

Uncle Tom of the Decade - Stepin Fetchit Award for Michael Steele, the HNIC


Posted by on January 10, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks, The Post-Racial Life


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9 responses to “The HNIC and Harry Reid

  1. Constructive Feedback

    January 11, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    BET Uncut:

    If you were more honest you would focus on Tim Kaine’s comments during this same interview.

    In effect he THREW ALL BLACK PEOPLE, other than Barack Obama, UNDER THE BUS. Kaine stated that by NOT being dark skinned and by NOT having the “Negro dialect” Obama benefited greatly.

    As a Black man who is NOT a defender of “White Snarling Foxes” I took Kaine’s comments and evaluated them for the unspoken assertion.

    What of the DARK SKINNED politician such as the new mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reid? He got White support.

    I know that you are more comfortable chasing after Republican Windmills. I think today one of the blades of the windmill has chafed your backside when it hit you.


    • btx3

      January 11, 2010 at 10:07 AM

      Porch – You keep confusing the dynamics of local politics with the much broader dynamics of state and national politics. Probably because you don’t understand how any government – local, state, or federal works.

      Kasim won because he was able to garner a larger segment of the black vote, and a minority of white voters. Obama won because he got close to 90% of black, Hispanic, and Asian voters – and roughly 30% of the white vote. What’s been proven by these two politicians (and others like Deval Patrick, and JC Watts), is a large enough segment of white voters are willing to vote for a black candidate for them to win. What’s also been proven is, as in Atlanta a white candidate who advances a platform which is attractive to middle and upper class black folks, and doesn’t carry the baggage of racial politics, even when running against a black candidate – the black vote will split along economic lines. I believe the Congressman from Memphis is a white man representing a majority minority district.

      White voters will vote for a black candidate (at least 1/3 of them will) IF that candidate successfully convinces them that he is “white” enough. “White enough” in this context being much less a measurement of skin color than an ability to communicate, convince them he shares the same values and interests, and alleviates their racial fears. Ergo, a guy who they’d be comfortable with sipping white wine at a garden party – not a guy who would be found on the street next to a convenience store holding a “40” in a brown paper bag talking “ebonics”. Or a guy like yourself who struggles to communicate in basic American English. AKA in white terminology – “ghetto”. A person who is non-threatening – especially as a black male.

      If you asked 1,000 white people who was darker – Al Sharpton or Obama, a significant majority would say Sharpton. This sort fo “color transference was recently documented by scientific studies – and no, I don’t feel like looking them up for your ignorant ass.

      And I don’t “chase Republican windmills” – I just call in a verbal air strike…

      And have them obliterated.


  2. brotherbrown

    January 11, 2010 at 8:11 AM

    Harry Reid is an old man from a prior age who needs to head on out to pasture. I feel that way about the majority of DC politicians, which is why I’m glad personally to see all the retirements. It really is time for some new blood.

    Obama represented new blood in 2008 that many in the old guard (white and black) just weren’t/aren’t ready for. If we could have heard the private comments of most Americans, I’m sure we would have heard a lot of Reid’s sentiments, I’m sure we would have heard a lot of Shelby Steele’s sentiments, I’m sure we would have heard some very hardcore racist sentiment.

    Confident black men and women will always make whites (and some blacks) nervous.


  3. nanakwame

    January 11, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Reid reminds us of the lingering racial ideas of our body politics, as some Afro-American stated almost the same. These is to weaken their Oppentant they got bigger problems. Obama will be deemed the right POTUS at the right time


    • btx3

      January 11, 2010 at 1:14 PM

      Reid was correct, unfortunately.


  4. Kat

    January 11, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    I also think people are forgetting that, unlike with the Dems and Reid, the Republican Party did NOT rally around Lott. Everyone from Bush in the White House to the other Replublican Senators were calling for Lott to step aside. Funny how Michael Steele overlooks that fact.


    • btx3

      January 11, 2010 at 6:06 PM

      I think a number of people in the Republican Party were disgusted with Lott as well. The key there is that Lott praised Thurmond in a period in which he was not a Republican. Thurmond, during that period opposed everything the then Republican Party stood for.


  5. nanakwame

    January 12, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    They pushed Lott under the bus to cover the bottom of their historical barrel, Reid is not one of those.
    History is the present, myths are the past



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