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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    To be fair, I doubt people are actually saying lighter skin tone and not using urban vernacular are qualifications for president, just that their opposites are disqualifications based on the electability of someone who displays the opposite characteristics.
    I could buy that, especially regarding speech, based on Reid's wording "He has no Negro dialect..."

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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    Yes, I should have been more precise in my wording.

    I meant that it's not a typical stereotype. Nobody is going to point out someone and say "wow! there's a white guy that's actually skinny and speaks well - he'd make a great presidential candidate!"
    Thank you for the clarification. To be clear, I think Reid's statement was unintentionally racist, I don't think he intended them that way. There is no uniform black dialect. However, I think stating that a dark skinned black man who spoke in a way that mainstream America found as different would be unelectable is not racist, which was his intent.
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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Jones View Post
    I say it is racist because the majority of Americans do not vote that way - take a look at Arnold Schwarzenegger getting elected as governor of California twice despite the way the liberals and Dems ranked on the way he talked with an accent - ya, Dems and liberals yakking about how he couldn't say California right - the ones who claim to be more tolerant of others than anyone - LOL - they are the worst offenders - and now with Reid's comments being acceptable within their community - shame on them.
    Now wait a minute.

    Disagreeing with the comment and saying it's racist are two different things.

    The comment could be completely wrong and not racist after all.

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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    Now wait a minute.

    Disagreeing with the comment and saying it's racist are two different things.

    The comment could be completely wrong and not racist after all.
    Whose comment are you talking about?

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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Thank you for the clarification. To be clear, I think Reid's statement was unintentionally racist, I don't think he intended them that way. There is no uniform black dialect. However, I think stating that a dark skinned black man who spoke in a way that mainstream America found as different would be unelectable is not racist, which was his intent.
    So in your view, Reid is not racist, he just thinks that the American voter is racist?

    - that they discount a politician based simply on the degree of "blackness" in the skin and level to which the speech pattern can be associated with blacks?

    I'll remind ppl that the dialect people criticize the most in this country are the various versions of the Southern dialect -- and yet we've elected MANY Presidents who clearly speak "southern" and not just when they want to(Carter, Clinton, Bush had a bit of a twang, almost Gore, etc. etc.)

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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    So in your view, Reid is not racist, he just thinks that the American voter is racist?
    Aside from the presence of the word "negro", his statement was more racist against whites when you really think about it.
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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    So in your view, Reid is not racist, he just thinks that the American voter is racist?

    - that they discount a politician based simply on the degree of "blackness" in the skin and level to which the speech pattern can be associated with blacks?

    I'll remind ppl that the dialect people criticize the most in this country are the various versions of the Southern dialect -- and yet we've elected MANY Presidents who clearly speak "southern" and not just when they want to(Carter, Clinton, Bush had a bit of a twang, almost Gore, etc. etc.)
    I am not sure, depends on details we will never know, which is what he was thinking when he said it. Think of it this way though...is it racist to say that an American of Arabic descent would have a hard time getting elected to president if they looked very Arabic? Is it true?
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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Aside from the presence of the word "negro", his statement was more racist against whites when you really think about it.
    It was racist against decent human beings of all color - the guy is nothing but a little racist turd who needs to be flushed.

    The most interesting part is watching all the Blacks, to include Obama, throw on their Uncle Tom suits for the asshole - dumb is as dumb does.

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    Re: Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    So in your view, Reid is not racist, he just thinks that the American voter is racist?

    - that they discount a politician based simply on the degree of "blackness" in the skin and level to which the speech pattern can be associated with blacks?

    I'll remind ppl that the dialect people criticize the most in this country are the various versions of the Southern dialect -- and yet we've elected MANY Presidents who clearly speak "southern" and not just when they want to(Carter, Clinton, Bush had a bit of a twang, almost Gore, etc. etc.)
    I don't think the idea behind his statement is racist, I think the way he phrased it gave us a look into the prejudices and biases that he holds, consciously or not.

    It's a pretty indisputable fact that if Obama were as black as midnight and talked like a Southern Baptist Preacher, he would not have been elected. Saying that is not racist.

    However, referring to his manner of speaking as not being a "negro dialect" indicates that Sen. Reid thinks in those terms. I don't think that necessarily means he's a racist, but it means that he thinks differently than most progressive people would like to admit and in a way that many might find offensive.
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