Monday, January 11, 2010

Post Racial?

When I was looking through the political 'year-in-reviews' of 2009, I came across a list of "Words to Retire in 2010." I'd like to add "post-racial" to the list.

Over the weekend, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized for comments he made 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 accepted Senator Reid's apology without question. RNC Chairman, Michael Steele, jumped on Reid's comments--calling for him to step down.

On Saturday, Esquire published an interview with former Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich, where he said:
"It's such a cynical business, and most of the people in the business are full of s**t and phonies, but I was real, man — and am real. This guy, he was catapulted in on hope and change, what we hope the guy is. What the f**k? Everything he's saying's on the teleprompter. I'm blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived. I saw it all growing up."

Am I happy about these comments? No. Do they bother me? Of course they do. All I'm going to say is that as long as remarks like these are made, in public or private life, 2010 should be the year that our 'post-racial' society retires the phrase 'post-racial.'
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