Republicans calling for Nevada Senator Harry Reid to resign as Senate majority leader over remarks they claim are racist, never miss an opportunity to take a swipe at Democrats regardless of the issue; especially during the healthcare reform legislation now under debate.
The A.P. story cited claims of a double standard on the part of Senate Democrats comparing Reid’s remarks to those of former Republican Senator Trent Lott who made racially insensitive remarks and lost his position in 2002, however the comparison is wrong.
Harry Reid’s record does not indicate any racist tendencies, and in fact he is a champion for the poor and underrepresented people of Nevada and the Nation. Trent Lott’s record cannot measure up in comparison and the remarks by Reid are not racist.
When Reid said privately that then Senator Obama was a ”light-skinned” African-American ”with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one”, he spoke the same words many in the country said and especially many journalists and political pundits. Conservative pundits George Will and Pat Buchanan both agree that Reid’s remarks were in no way racist or racially motivated, but he spoke the truth only used the wrong words.
Reid’s use of the word Negro seems politically incorrect, but that is the only misspeak because the content of his remark offered a fair assessment of Obama’s candidacy. Regardless of President Obama’s intelligence or knowledge of Constitutional law, if he appeared and spoke like Snoop Dog or 50 Cent, his chance of a nomination did not exist.
Former Rep. Harold Ford, who is chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, and an African-American, called Reid’s remarks ”an unusual set of words.” On Monday in an interview on NBC’s ”Today” show, Ford said ”I don’t believe in any way Harry Reid had any racial animus. I think there’s an important distinction between he and Trent Lott,” and that ”I think he has a (civil rights) record you can point to.”
Attorney General Eric Holder told The Associated Press on Monday that Reid is a good man, saying ”I don’t think that there is a prejudiced bone in his body.”
It is clear that Reid is not prejudiced because he has worked tirelessly to provide affordable health care to poor people and especially for minorities who are the most under insured and vulnerable in the nation.
”Senator Reid’s record provides a stark contrast to actions of Republicans to block legislation that would benefit poor and minority communities — most recently reflected in Republican opposition to the health bill now under consideration” Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in a released a statement.
The only double standard in this latest dust-up by Republicans is their denial of affordable health care to millions of poor and minority citizens while claiming they care about the people of this country. Harry Reid did not use the right words in his private comment, but he spoke the truth, without racial overtones and malice toward President Obama or minorities. Shame on Harry Reid for telling the truth; something the Republicans never learned to do and they, are the kings of double standard.