There has been a recent uproar regarding statements made by Senator Harry Reid, that showed up in a recently published book. The statement was, "He [Reid] was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama -- a 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one'”. The statement is racist on so many levels it boggles the mind. First, the statement says that white America is racist and would not vote for a dark skinned black presidential candidate, especially if he had a “Negro dialect" (whatever that is; Ebonics?), that blacks will only vote for a black candidate with ghetto credentials, and third is condescending to the Black America, implying they are be so easily manipulated. It was the same when Vice President Biden said of Obama, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” Both statements present candidate Obama, not as member of the white political elite, of which both Reid and Biden see themselves as members, but a black electable figurehead.
I was raised with an almost politically correct mindset; not the PC that prohibits critical thinking, but the PC that recognizes that one can not be sensitive to race, while they continue to entertain racist thoughts; your core beliefs always find a way of coming out. Both Reid and Biden show that they have a core belief that whites are superior to blacks, as blacks are somehow not clean or are mired in an uneducated world view that is personified by what they view as form of black specific speech. As Janeane Garofalo said, “This is racism, straight up”.