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Obama is light skinned and an Educated Sort Of Negro
The N word
The big bigaboo about this Harry Reid comment is pure political Republican spin because Reid is a Democrat. The news media is eating it up because, heck, not much is happening in today's slow news day. Since when have we, as a nation, become soooo sensitive over these words? PC has gone amok. What happened to a person's Freedom of Speech?
Facts are facts. Obama is a product of a white woman and black man. He is both races. He is not just black or a negro, he is, in reality, a mix. Duh. He knows it but oddly many of the "blacks" seem to ignore this or think maybe he his 75% black and 25% white. They think Obama is really just for them. Think again. The other fact is that Obama's appeal across America is also because he is so educated and an inspiring speaker (in recent interviews with his high school buddies in Hawaii that were on the basketball team, all told reporters that Obama was your typical trash mouth on the court). Obama has no accent because he was raised on the fringe of America, in Hawaii's plush tropics by, sorry, white grandparents. Obama has never been your typical black person since High School.
Harry Reid apologised and Obama accepted and said let's move on, as in, this is no big deal to Obama. Privately, I am sure he thinks this. I don't think the word Negro even makes Obama blink because it is meaningless to him personally. It is a word that before "black" replaced it was used all the time through the 60s simply to describe another race, as Caucasian, Hispanic etc. It was on applications, on signs, etc. Many blacks are overly sensitive about this and think anytime a "Caucasian" (is a Caucasian, always white???) says the word negro they are racist. Yet, a black person can call a fellow black either "N" word (negro or nigger) without blinking regarding being a racist. If a word is BAD, it is BAD regardless of what color the speaker is, yet this is NOT the case.
Unlike many blacks that suffered from discrimination, it is highly doubtful that Obama has experienced much of it living in Hawaii, living with causcasians, living with asians, blacks and caucasians in the 70s. He is about as far as one can be from being a "black from the inner city" as any black\white person could be.
The Republicans are pushing this in the news because it creates divide among the Democrats, of which Reid and Obama are. Was there any reason for Harry to apologize, absolutely not. Nothing was said in derogatory form, and the word, negro, is not discriminatory to most (unless you are over sensitive). Harry Reid is from an older generation, a generation that used negro to describe blacks as was common until 1970. Just because he is from that generation does not mean he is a racist for using it.