In keeping with Senator Harry Reid’s “unfortunate comment” concerning Barack Obama… I would like to begin my Sunday Soliloquy by saying – tis I, Afrocity, your favorite medium skin toned articulate Negro conservative blogger.
I am just keeping things real here. After all I do possess a masters degree and that qualifies me as a well spoken Negro. My conservative acquaintances say that to me all of the time you know. Not true. The only time I have been labeled as articulate has been by a liberal who was praising me for doing what all people should do–speaking well. And it is good to know that Harry Reid believes that our president is a well spoken Negro- an articulate boy.
From this article in the Chicago Tribune:
Obama accepts Reid’s apology for ‘unfortunate comment,’ says ‘the book is closed’ on matter
Associated Press Writer
January 10, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid apologized on Saturday for saying the race of Barack Obama — whom he described as a “light skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” — would help rather than hurt his eventual presidential bid.
Obama quickly accepted, saying “As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.” Reid, facing a tough re-election bid this year, spent the day telephoning civil rights leaders and fellow Democrats in hopes of mitigating the political damage.
The revelations about Reid’s 2008 comments were included in the book “Game Change” by Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann. The behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 campaign that elevated Obama to the White House is based on the writers’ interviews with more than 200 sources, most of whom were granted anonymity and thus much of the material could not be immediately corroborated.
Of course, Obama accepted Senator Reid’s apology. Dirty Harry could never be a racist. Harry was not “acting stupidly”. Harry does not deserve a Beer Summit . Harry was the only guy to call the GOP out on their slavery health care plan. Harry is a Democrat so he must love black people.
Ah, the Democratic Party. Embellished with the hues and textures of the American multi-racial landscape. Historic condemners of the institution known as slavery…NOT…That was actually the Republicans. Ah, who cares? That was then this is now. Let’s not dwell on the Democrats and their past transgressions against African Americans. So what if the Klu Klux Klan’s founding members were firmly rooted in the Democratic Party and Woodrow Wilson was one of the most racist presidents ever. That is all erased and forgiven now.
The Democrats embrace such underprivileged forms as women and blacks, gays and transgendered. A regular Mother Jones personified by introducing civil rights legislation during the 1950’s and 60’s …Well that is not exactly true.
From this post on Black and Right.com
“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”
September 24, 1957
Sparking criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, President Dwight Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schools
May 6, 1960
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats
May 2, 1963
Republicans condemn Democrat sheriff of Birmingham, AL for arresting over 2,000 African-American schoolchildren marching for their civil rights
September 29, 1963
Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defies order by U.S. District Judge Frank Johnson, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High School
June 9, 1964
Republicans condemn 14-hour filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV), who still serves in the Senate
August 4, 1965
Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose. Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favor
February 19, 1976
President Gerald Ford formally rescinds President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWII
September 15, 1981
President Ronald Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programs
June 29, 1982
President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights Act
August 10, 1988
President Ronald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act of 1988, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDR
November 21, 1991
President George H. W. Bush signs Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen federal civil rights legislation
August 20, 1996
Bill authored by U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans’ Contract With America, becomes law
Picturesque are the living memories of liberal acceptance. Democrats skipping hand and hand through the bohemian streets of New York’s Upper Westside, spitting obscenities at conservative Palin supporters marching through.
Peace and love and happiness for all. I thank God …ooops I mean Allah for the Democrats who transformed the slave shipwrecked lives of my people. They think so much of us.
I thank Senator Reid for challenging the standard interpretation of a token. Before learning of his comments about light-skinned Barack Obama, we African American conservatives believed that only Republicans of color would benefit from being labeled as partisan tokens and Uncle Tom’s. It is good to see that Democrats believe in equal opportunity tokenism too. I knew they would. With remarkable clarity, Democrats continue to show redneck Republican bigots how elite liberal culture can institute real “hope and change”.
What a relief that the fight against closeted tokenism is now moving more or less from the right to the left side of the political spectrum. And of course as demonstrated by this comment from a Chicago Tribune reader, most liberals agree:
“I read the remarks twice and cannot understand why the apology was necessary. There was nothing untruthful or deragatory in his remarks. He was making a political assessment of the president’s description and traits in the context of image as a candidate – no ethnic slurs or slang names. “
“I am tired of having to tiptoe around black people.“
There you have it. Thanks to liberals we are officially in the midst of “post-racial America”.
Autographed Letter Signed,
Medium-skinned no Negro dialect speaking Afrocity