Either Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a time machine and frequently visits the 1980s or he is seriously out of touch. For whatever reason the senator from Nevada believes that WE light skinned Negroes are in demand; particularly WE light skinned Negroes "with no Negro dialect, unless WE wanted to have one". Any damned fool knows that WE light skinned Negroes haven't been in demand since about 1988-1989.
Of course Senator Reid apologized Saturday following reports he had privately described then-presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama, during last year's campaign as a black candidate who could be successful thanks in part to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
In his Saturday statement, Reid said he apologized “for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments. “I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama’s legislative agenda.”
For his part President Obama didn't waste any time in stepping forward to say...."Harry Reid called me today and apologized for an unfortunate comment reported today. I accepted Harry's apology without question because I've known him for years, I've seen the passionate leadership he's shown on issues of social justice and I know what's in his heart. As far as I am concerned, the book is closed."
Senator Reid didn't waste any time in defending himself by saying...“I have worked hard to advance issues important to the African American community.”
What in the hell is wrong with Harry Reid?!? If Senator John McCain (R) or Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) had uttered such an ignorant statement, then Senator Reid would have been the first person at a podium demanding their resignations. Leading Republicans, including Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele are calling for Majority Leader Reid to step aside in light (couldn't resist the pun) of his comments.
Despite the asinine statements, I can't help but think that somewhere Al B Sure, Irene Cara, Smokey Robinson, Lisa Bonet and those equally light skinned Negroes from A Different World are all basking in the glow of being back in style once again. Whether Harry Reid realizes it or not, it's been awhile.