Can you say “double standard”?

Fox News is reporting on excerpts from a book that is due out early next week wherein, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refers to Barack Obama’s appeal as a then presidential candidate because he is a “light-skinned” African-American” with “no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.”  More about the forthcoming book can be read at the article that broke the news at The Atlantic.

One can only assume that in an unusual moment of honesty, Reid actually spoke what was in his heart. ( Matt 12: 34)  It is much the same kind of comment that Joe Biden made when he refered to Obama being a “mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy.”  To their credit, both Reid and Biden apologized for their comments.  But so far, the double standard surrounding this most recent incident is almost breathtaking.  

First of all, the main stream media is AT BEST reporting it, but adding very little in the way of commentary or condemnation.  The most notorious of the usual voices from the Black community (i.e.: Revs. Sharpton/Jackson) have been uncharacteristically quiet.  Members of Congress, albeit on recess right now, have also been unusually quiet about this matter.  

Perhaps it is still early and those voices will indeed rise in their demands that Senator Reid at the very least step down from his Senate leadership position.  Or perhaps those voices will even rise to call for Reid to immediately resign.

Then again, maybe they won’t.


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