If you watched political news over the past few days, you know we’re all supposed to be shocked and outraged that a 70-year-old man from 95-percent white Searchlight, Nev., said something racially insensitive more than a year ago. To refresh those who do something other than watch C-SPAN, in saying race would be an asset to candidate Barack Obama, Sen. Harry Reid said his senate colleague was a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
Sure, it’s stupid and we can understand how some people might think it’s offensive, but immediately after the quote came out, Reid apologized to Obama, and the president accepted the apology. End of story? Of course not. Hip-hop impresario and RNC Chairman Michael Steele called on Reid to resign his leadership position:
There is this standard where Democrats feel that they can say these things and they can apologize when it comes from the mouths of their own,” Steele, who is black, said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “But if it comes from anyone else, it is racism.”
Steele compared Reid’s comments about Obama to remarks made in 2002 by then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.). Lott, at a birthday party for Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), said that “all these problems” might not have occurred if Thurmond had been elected president when he ran in 1948. Thurmond ran as a segregationist.
Did you catch that? Steele thinks that Harry Reid assuring people that Obama was electable is analogous to Lott saying we’d have been better off with a segregationist president. Other Republicans (including Jon Kyl) are also equating the two situations. Nevermind that George W. Bush (president at the time of Lott’s comment) didn’t support Lott, and the party hung him out to dry. Of course, these are also guys who are trying to re-write September 11 as happening under a Democratic administration. So there’s that.
That said, this post wouldn’t be complete without some outrage of our own and SCFOM calling on someone to resign. We were stoked — STOKED, mind you — when we heard disgraced hair model and senate-seat salesman Rod Blagojevich was set to appear on “The Apprentice.” Then the upstanding former Gov. said this:
Blagojevich, referring to the president as “this guy,” says Obama was elected based simply on hope.
“What the (expletive)? Everything he’s saying’s on the teleprompter,” Blagojevich told the magazine for a story in its February issue, which hits newsstands Jan. 19.
“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,” Blagojevich said. “I saw it all growing up.”
Rod Blagojevich! THIS GUY!
We’ll never understand why anyone talks about race ever. It only gets you in trouble. It pains us to say this, but that kind of offensive language has no place on “The Apprentice,” celebrity or otherwise. We hearby call on Rod Blagojevich to resign from the show, and if he won’t, we call on Donald Trump to fire him — for the good of America.