WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid apologized on Saturday for saying Barack Obama should seek -- and could win -- the White House because Obama was a "light skinned" African-American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
President Obama has accepted Mr. Reid's apology. But did anyone think Obama wouldn't have? I mean Obama avoids anything that has to do with being Black in America. That is unless he's berating Black men for being deadbeat dads or telling Black people to take responsibility. Otherwise The President seems frightened to acknowledge Blackness or any problems associated with being Black.
Remember the Skip Gates debacle? Well The President could have started a National dialogue about the often bad and abusive relationship between police and African Americans. Instead he invited Gates and the cop for a beer. A truly WTF moment.
More recently The Congressional Black Caucus wanted The President to act on behalf of African Americans who had been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn. The President instead chose to embrace Ronald Reagan's Trickle Down Economics Theory.
"I will tell you that I think the most important thing I can do for the African-American community is the same thing I can do for the American community, period, and that is get the economy going again and get people hiring again..."
I'm sure if another group was suffering more during the recession than the general population The President wouldn't hesitate to speak on their behalf and take action to ease their plight. And I'm also sure that if Harry Reid made offensive remarks aimed at any other racial minority President Obama would have spoken out against Mr. Reid.