Harry Reid’s comment that Barak Obama had a good chance to be elected president because he was light skinned and had no African American accent is supposedly racism— Nonsense.
Do we think that Harry Reid would not vote for a dark skinned black man? I recall the original Saturday Night Live where Julian Bond(the State senator from Georgia and NAACP Chairman) told Garrett Morris that lighter skinned blacks were smarter than darker skin blacks. Is Julian Bond a racist? This was followed up in another show where Cicely Tyson was interviewed by Garrett Morris where she stated that black women were superior to black men and that black men were shiftless and lazy. Is Cicely Tyson a racist? When Obama was criticized for not being black enough, was that racism?
Race exists in politics in America. Recognizing this is not racism, it is pragmatism. All Harry Reid was doing was point out that some voters would be more comfortable voting for a lighter skinned black man with a mellifluous speaking voice than a darker skinned man with a heavy African American accent.
Who would deny this? We all need to take a deep breath and grow up.