Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water - America's Race Issue part III!!!
We're only 2 weeks into 2010 and already the issue of race has once again reared its ugly head.
The Democrats' top Senator, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, was quoted during a private conversation in a soon-to-be-released book entitled "Game Change" about the 2008 election, where he said that then-candidate Obama could be a successful candidate for President because he is a "light skinned" African-American and because he speaks with "no Negro dialect, unless he want[s] to have one."
In standard political fashion, Reid issued the following satement: "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."
And in similar political fashion, Obama accepted the apology: "I accepted Harry's apology without question because I've known him for years, I've seen the passionate leadership he's shown on issues of social justice and I know what's in his heart. As far as I am concerned, the book is closed."
But Republicans and conservatives are arguing that if Reid had been one of them, this issue would not have been so easily swept under the rug. Today on Meet The Press, RNC Chair Michael Steele raised the issue that if Harry Reid had been a Republican and had said the exact same thing, Democrats would be up in arms and calling for Reid's resignation - the implication being that Democrats are operating under a double-standard when it comes to race whereby they spare fellow Democrats for racially insensitive comments but persecute Republicans for doing the same thing.
So how about it? Would the result be any different if a Republican had said the exact same thing that Reid said?