Finally, someone in Washington did something to help black people, too bad it had to be a mistake.
When Reid let those words drop from his mouth, like so many other slanderous, racist comments he has, no doubt, uttered over the years, one thing was different this time. On this occasion he was telling the truth. So how could he be in trouble this time you ask? Well it is simple, this time he not only embarrassed himself but he did the same to millions of Americans who were thinking the very same thing, including yours truly. The truth helps even when it hurts. So, why are we so angry at Harry? Simple answer again.
For a long time we all knew that no black man would ever hold that position of President unless he was white enough for white America to handle. Ouch!
But Reid's comments did more than echo what we already knew. They also flashed a harsh light on all the closet racists from all sides of the color barrier, ones who now act so shocked at Harry's remarks.
Basically Senator Reid stated that Obama had a good chance of being elected because of his skin tone and the fact that he is well spoken. Ouch. Ouch! Where is he wrong?
Did we somehow believe that being understood was not needed in politics or are we just surprised and embarrassed by our shock that Black people can express themselves in an eloquent manner.
Were my fellow Blacks waiting for a thug or a rapper to run for President?
Well, the reality is, you may like that on CD or in the club but if you want to run for the highest office in the world you have to deal with certain realities and a good handle on the English language is one of them. As for the skin tone thing, ask yourself how many times the Blackest of the Black contestants in a beauty contest won the highest prize? Do you tip a Black waitress as much as a White one, even if you yourself are Black?
Whites expect Blacks to sound a certain way, when they speak and when they do have a better grasp of the language than they thought, they are somehow thought to be special for it. The moment of silence experienced by a Black person asking for a book on Particle Physics or Quantum Mechanics in a library or bookstore reverberates throughout the nation. Yes, we do have brains. Yes, we can speak and read. Yes, we come in many delicious flavors.
One day this will not be so surprising. That is when we may begin the journey together to a better nation. Just for the record, we have no less potential than any reader of this column, so don't be surprised if dark brown human introduces his or her self and engages you in intelligent conversation.
The day when color does not matter, is not here yet ,nor will it ever arrive as long as we con ourselves about comments made by any individual as being preposterous, all while we are thinking those same things ourselves.
Personally, I would love to have us elect a president who could speak well, had light skin, jogged, played b-ball and talked trash at night in the White House with a beer in both hands but Bill Clinton has already had his day.