Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Racism or Bigotry
Senator Harry Reid, as we all know, gave an interview to Mark Halperin and John Heilemann when they were collecting information for their book, Game Change. According to the authors, and acknowledged by Senator Reid, “He was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama—a ‘light –skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.’”
Was this racist?
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines racism as: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
A bigot, however, is: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.
I suggest that Harry Reid’s comments were not based in racism. I have not seen any information that suggests that he believes racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
I propose that his comments were based in bigotry. Not racial or ethnic bigotry, but bigotry against whites who do not hew to his “progressive” politics. The definition of a bigot is one who is intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.
My opinion is that Mr. Reid is/was of the opinion that whites, especially southern whites, would never vote for a dark-skinned man with a “Negro” dialect. However, those rednecks might accept a light-skinned African American with no “Negro” dialect.
It is amazing, and a frequent topic here, that libs cannot accept that someone might have a difference of opinion based on intellect. They, as a generality, are bigots. They are obstinately and intolerantly devoted to their own opinions.
It is not based on race, but on bigotry and intolerance. The funny think, when you think about it, is that he is bigoted against "low class" whites while this argument is all about whether black people will be offended!! The people who ought to be offended are the white people that Harry Reid is saying are too racist/stupid to see past a person's appearance or voice.