Saturday, January 9, 2010

Does Reid Have a Racist Demon?

Is their a little "racist" hiding inside of Senator Harry Reid?

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama's race during the 2008 presidential bid.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect."

"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments," Reid said in a statement released after the excerpts were reported on the Web site of The Atlantic.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Liberalism is like a religion.

One man said it is Christianity without Christ.

Christianity was about having offended God with our sin and repenting and building a relationship with Jesus Christ, through love and obedience. Jesus provided salvation.

Liberalism is about Whites having offended Blacks replacing sin and building "positive" race-relations with the Blacks and minorities through love of them and obedience to their sacred status. Whites will be forgiven and "saved" when they have sacrificed their all for Blacks and minorities.

It is a terrible and inhumane idolaty.

Anonymous said...

I guess so, those comments are uncalled for... and whats your point most people are racist. Some people are racist and don't even know it.

NorwegianHeat said...

Yeah, racism is a terrible thing--it's sad when even our politicians hold unfair views of racial differences.

"Liberalism is about Whites having offended Blacks replacing sin and building "positive" race-relations with the Blacks and minorities through love of them and obedience to their sacred status. Whites will be forgiven and "saved" when they have sacrificed their all for Blacks and minorities."

I only speak for myself when I say that this perception of liberal views is far off-base, but I wouldn't be surprised if others agreed with me. I haven't offended minorities--I have no need to be "saved". My support of equality is not out of shame or guilt, it's simply my exercise of the morals I value. I believe that hatred and mistreatment will only lead to further hatred and mistreatment. There is nothing about me or the people I come from that makes me better than any other individual or group--I'm not trying to appease minorities, as you seem to suggest--I genuinely believe that they deserve the same treatment I would expect them to allow me. How is the equal, humane treatment of everybody in any way "inhumane"?

Anonymous said...

"I believe that hatred and mistreatment will only lead to further hatred and mistreatment."

The people here are not advocating mistreatment or hatred.

And, BTW, what was "racist" about Reid's remarks? Were those remarks calling for mistreatment or hatred?

"Obama is a light-skinned Negro without a Negro-dialect." Wow! That statement is so "racist," so hateful! Reid deserves punishment!

Anonymous said...

How is the equal, humane treatment of everybody in any way "inhumane"?

Oh, just one example, cited from John Bryant:

"The principal axiom -- and fallacy -- of the philosophy which in the present day goes by the name of liberalism is that any given human life  possesses infinite value. It is this axiom which explains the liberals' eagerness to feed the starving third-world masses, in spite of the fact that such feeding will not stop starvation, but will make it all the worse once an infusion of food has made it possible for those who are starving to add to their numbers."

Another is the shutting down of American hospitals because illegal Mexican immigrants are filling them up and keeping American citizens out -- causing the hospitals to go bankrupt, and letting NO ONE get care in the end.

rc73 said...

There's more than just a "little racist" hiding inside Harry Reid....

NorwegianHeat said...

"The people here are not advocating mistreatment or hatred."

Fair enough. What DO you advocate then?

"And, BTW, what was "racist" about Reid's remarks? Were those remarks calling for mistreatment or hatred?"

No, Reid's words were not calling for mistreatment or hatred, and I never claimed they were--my remark was in defense of the liberal viewpoint, in response to the first comment, and explaining my position on racial equality. The comment, in my eyes, seemed to indicate that minorities are undeserving of the support that liberal-minded individuals offer them. I was merely refuting that sentiment. That comment was not meant to speak on Senator Reid's remarks.

What was "racist" about Reid's comments? Here's the deal:
Reid's remarks are fairly ignorant toward the feelings of African Americans. The term "Negro" is considered offensive by the community--they don't like being called that. The nature of the statements could be seen as supportive of prejudiced views. A senator--someone selected by the people to represent the people, should probably have a little more consideration for those people. If a government representative lacks an understanding or consideration of the people he is supposed to speak for, or the culture they are a part of (the "Negro dialect" remark), then perhaps he is not fit to represent those people. If you can't relate to a significant portion of the people you were elected to represent, then you really aren't capable of doing job to the standards expected of a US senator.

"That statement is so "racist," so hateful! Reid deserves punishment!"

While not directly "hateful" per say, it demonstrates enough of a disconnect from a portion of the population (nearing 10%) that the state of Nevada may wish to reconsider him as a representative of their voice in the Senate.
Whether or not he ends up being removed or stepping down, or maintains his position, his lack of understanding for that portion of the population will definitely hurt him in his bid for reelection.