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Harry Reid Negro Comment

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

There is no rational way that speaking about racial attitudes that have been in play since the beginning of our nation is the equivalent of endorsing a racist presidential candidate. But conservatives insist it's a match.

Harry Reid: Where the Senate Majority Leader Went Wrong

Hasan Kwame Jeffries | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Reid's use of "Negro" is far less troubling than his other remarks. His reference to the political benefits of Obama's "light-skinned" appearance is particularly problematic.

Harry Reid Was Right

Sam Fulwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sam Fulwood

Imagine how much better informed Americans might have been if the pundits explained how Reid's words actually reflected this nation's fixation on making any deviation from whiteness as abnormal, deviant or inferior.

Forget About Harry Reid, What's up with Bill Clinton?

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Avis Jones-DeWeever

Let's call a spade a spade. Our friend, Bill Clinton, has a race problem. Am I saying he's a racist? No. But he has repeatedly proven that he has no qualms appealing to racial divisions for political gain.

Harry Reid Was (Mostly) Right... Until Now

Andrew Grant-Thomas, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Grant-Thomas, Ph.D.

Voters didn't throw some disembodied, decontextualized essence of blackness on the table in deciding whether or not to vote for Barack Obama. His racial identity was one part of a complex mix of considerations.