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 –