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January 11th, 2010
08:21 AM ET

Harry Reid’s Comments Were…

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Saturday for some racially insensitive things he said about Barack Obama during the presidential campaign.

A new book written by two journalists quotes Reid as saying that Pres. Obama’s “light-skinned” appearance would help him as a candidate, as would his speaking pattern “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

(Read the full story here.)

President Obama accepted Senator Reid’s apology.

We want to know what you think.

Fill in the rest of this sentence – Harry Reid’s comments were…

Heidi will read some of your comments on the air in the 10am ET hour of Newsroom.

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  1. Nicole big deal. Or better yet, " news to those of who pay attention to society." We ALL know how whites perceive blacks: The 'lighter,' the 'brighter' the 'better.' This is 2010. Time to real. Time to be honest. I"m just shocked this is news when we've been living under this presumption since slavery!!

    January 11, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  2. Mobius

    Harry Reid's comments were a true indicator of his private nature.

    January 11, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  3. ken

    Harry reids comments are a big too do about nothing. Obama is in fact light skinned because he is half white, he is a negro because his father is african, and he in fact does not talk with a negro dialect. For example he does not say ax instead of ask. Hary reid was merely saying if obama were dark skinned and talked like a rapper he would not be elected president. That is a fact not a racist comment.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  4. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    A white man cant fart in the wrong direction without being chastised the worst thing about this is it's our own government trying to start a racial uproar .

    January 11, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  5. sylvia

    if president obama forgives him that is good enough for me.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  6. David Radovanovic

    Unfortunately true.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  7. Leslie Clark

    Typical of a hypocrit.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  8. John M.

    thoughts of a closet racist. You can't even type Negro on some web sites because it is a banned word.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  9. Dan

    ... an observation about a political candidate and his potential appeal to the nation as a whole. It was probably taken well out of context.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  10. Seth

    Observational, unfortunately true, and not an expression of agreement with that truth. Republicans are playing politics.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  11. John and Linda

    This is pure Republican hogwash. They don't care about blacks and are only trying to harass Dems.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  12. Joe

    Easy. If the Republicans call for someone to be punished for the security lapse, then it is clear that Senator Reid should resign. "The buck stops here" is the motto, let's apply what we preach.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  13. Chuck

    Harry Reid’s Comments Were…surprisingly not criticized by Al Sharpton.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  14. Shelley worse than Michael Steele's support of the "Barack the Magic Negro" video.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  15. Renee H

    honest. I heard many, non-racist, Americans state this during the race.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  16. Louise Russell

    Harry Reid's comments were fro the old school. It is time to get passed that. We all say stupid things when we are not thinking.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  17. Timothy A. Rowe

    Accurate,politicly incorrect,but accurate

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  18. Billy Ray

    Very telling of how most white people see African Americans. When we find a good one, it's worth commenting on.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  19. Eli

    Harry Reid's comments were a little abrasive, but completely appropriate. That is how white america perceives blacks today. Whites are much more comfortable with Obama because of his lighter skin and his proper english, and harry reid merely said it.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  20. Eric

    Harry Reid's comments were exactly what most black folks know that most white folks think anyway...he just made the mistake of vocalizing it. The Republicans continue to do this tit for tat exchange and still have nothing to offer in terms of reform.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  21. carole


    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  22. Jason Mardis

    Reid's comments were racist in the truest sense of the word. Anytime you treat someone differently for a superficial difference, like skin color, you are acting in a manner that is childish and racist.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  23. David Radovanovic

    Since when are Republican leaders politically correct?

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  24. Tony

    This entire thing is ridiculous... Harry Reid simply made an observation that any of us made about President Obama.

    There is NO reason Harry Reid should step down or even apologize. This is the problem with the current polarized political landscape, the other side will latch onto any little anything to then try to tear them down.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  25. jeff

    ....inappropriate, and a little ignormant, but fall way short of Trent Lott's endorsement of segregation.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  26. Mo

    Double Standard should never be acceptable in the US along with political correctness

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  27. Mark

    ....not offensive to B.O., but WERE offensive to all black Americans.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  28. Jim

    words that will end of his Senate career in November.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  29. Shaunna

    Stupid is as stupid does...get with the program and enjoy our liberty ~!~

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  30. Robert Sullivan

    Senator Reid's comments were truthful and right on the mark. The specifics that he was referring to were definitley factors in the election. Either tell me why his comments were't true or why he can't speak the truth.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  31. Ray Peeples

    Harry Reid's comments are trivial and the GOP efforts and energy to remove him should be focus on getting people jobs...

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  32. Tery Sandley

    Stupid and racist.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  33. Tomas

    An example of who he (and so many others in power, public and private) truly is and what he truly believes.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  34. CW

    Why is there such a double standard? Had this been a Republican making the comment Democrats would be demanding a resignation. His comments are unacceptable no matter what political party they belong to.
    Reid should resign!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  35. terence Emmons

    ...a comment on racism, for sure, but there was nothing racist about them. They were realistic and probably quite accurate.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  36. polly

    The type of truth that should never be spoken. The Republicans are grandstanding. And we're still waiting for an apology for the 'Puff, the Magic Negro' stuff!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  37. Linda Howard

    President Obama is black, is light skinned and educated but is not a liar as some Republicans have said on national television.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  38. james

    nothing surprises me any more. It just shows that politicians
    are stupid also.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  39. William Bennett

    Harry Reid's comment were inappropriate, but somewhat true. White America tend to extend more priviledges to lighter skin African Americans than darker skinned one. However, belonging to the Democratic Party, African Americans tend to be more forgiving to them more than Republicans because historically, Repulican tend to be more harsh and over with their criticism and racism towards African Americans.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  40. Nicholas Weil

    ...horrific, but unsurprising. He may be a Democrat, but he's an old-fashioned curmudgeon, too.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  41. scottwiningear

    not meant to be racial. People were raised with words meaning different things. Republicans are comparing to a man who ran on a platform of "racism" Let's move on.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  42. GIA

    The words Reid said made me cringe, but it was exactly the kind of thing the media, the left, and the right were all publicly talking about during the election. Remember? "Can the nation elect a Black man? Far nicer than calling the President a "liar". No Republican asked that Joe Wilson to resign.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  43. Larry

    His comments reflect the concerns that white America remains so bigoted that the leadership had to consider the anti-black vote should a 'stereotypical' black candidate be nominated. As a white guy i feel it's not racist but a prudent observation on the state of race relations and the entrenched racism of whites. (Of course the republicans want an effect Democrat to step down.)

    January 11, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  44. Kellie gilbert


    January 11, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  45. Marlene

    This NEWS story disgust me because this happened so long ago. Why was it not reported when it happened? So to report this now is a distraction from real news CNN could be covering. I'm just saying...... BTW, these types of comments are made all the time by non-black/African Americans and is no surprise to the community.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  46. Jim

    words that will probably end his Senate career in November.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  47. Doc Howda

    Harry Reid's comments were inappropriate, however, his apology appeared to be sincere and President Obama accepted his apology. There are FAR too many other issues on the table. Let it go and let's move on.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  48. George Roniger

    Harry Reid's comments were "correct."

    January 11, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  49. Milou Kelley

    honest and true. There is still a lot of prejudice against blacks and I am convinced the % of prejuduced Republicans is much greater than that of Democrats, so this desire to see him resign is cynical and more of the usual troublemaking. As someone who used to live in the USA, and who loves America, I am saddened by what is happening there.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  50. Juanita Hollander

    Harry Reid's comments were understandable. I have long thought that the breach between the white and the black people is largely based on our different ways of speaking English. I always note that, as blacks become educated, they generally tend to speak English like everyone else speaks it. This is what the blacks need to continue doing, and our great president is a prime example of how speaking well can lead to success!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  51. David Hintz

    Harry Reid didn't say anything that was incorrect. Because of the lingering racism in our country most likely a substantial number of voters would not have voted for Obama if he was "darker" or spoke like Jesse Jackson. We really need to stop being so concerned about being PC all the time and accept people for who and what they are.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  52. Jim Bridges

    The Black Caucus accepted Sen Reid's apology but isn't the fact

    that there is a Black Caucus a proof of racism?

    Jim Bridges, Montana

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  53. Carol McCorkle, Flint, MI

    His coments were raciest, if a black man or woman had made the same comment that Harry Ried made it would have been shrugged off and nothing would have come of it. He makes the comment and everyone knows where it came from. He should step down. I am white but that was wrong even for someone as high up in the gov. that he is.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  54. Eric

    Harry Reid’s comments were right on. Face it, if Obama came out like acting like a ‘gangsta rapper’, no one would have voted for him.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  55. Eric

    Harry Reid's comments were bigoted and insensitive, if this type of rhetoric is still being spouted by the powers-that-be then we have a much larger problem on our hands than a tanking economy and a war on 3 fronts. We must unify our country at home before worrying about our exploits elsewhere. Let's use this as an opportunity to start a REAL dialogue on racism, instead of glossing over it as usual.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  56. Leslie

    I think the choice of words was not appropriate but I also think what Harry Reid said was true. If President Obama had not had whiter features and if he did not speak without a "black accent", he probably would not have been elected. I voted for President Obama and do not care what color he is....he was the best choice black, yellow, green or purple...but much of our country is still very much unwilling to look past the exterior package or the way a person speaks to see what they are really about!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  57. He should have known better

    His involvement in human rights act should not be something to exonerate him. He did not believe a "Negro" could be the President in America yet.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  58. Gerald

    If this comment was made by a republican, the liberals would be howling and screaming for his resignation. Another example of their double standards.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  59. Alisa

    His comments I believe were not that rude towards Barak Obama. He was "politically correct" with the race card, and Mr. Reid's comments were honest. He did not slay his words with malice or hostility like many other people such as those of the Republican party when they speak of the President. Mr. Reid has apologized and ate his crow. Look at how many people have said things about Barak Obama that now surround him in his cabinet.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  60. Christi

    true. Most Americans forget that our President is half white, if he spoke in ebonics, wore his pants too low, and was unable to identify with the white community he never would have made it this far. America is making great strides towards no stigmas in race, however we are not there yet. As a half white half black American myself, I have always identified more so with the white community in my area, people just need not forget tht our president is mixed.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  61. Al Lukasek

    Much ado about nothing
    Blown out of proportion as so many things are nowadays

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  62. Phil

    No Heidi, he should not resign. Fact of the matter is, it is the truth. Racism is based on hatred and dislike because of a person skin color. This statement was given in the context of Harry liking and praising Obama.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  63. Lauren (Dallas, TX)

    Harry Reid's comments were unexpected from such an intelligent person. However, you can't fault him for speaking plaining about something that is so obvious. If more african american's would model after his character and use of vocabulary his statement would be a moot point. Unexpected – yes. Truthful – yes. Earth shattering – unfortunately, no.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  64. Tiffany

    Part of what Reid said is true. The American Public would not have elected a African American that spoke in "Ibonics". Reid asked for forgivness let it go. As Americans trying to work together we should let the smaller stuff go. Lets focus on bigger issues "the wars", our children, our neighbors in need.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  65. don bunis

    harry reid spoke the truth....has america become so politically correct
    that the truth cannot be spoken. the comment may have been insensitive
    but it was the truth.
    don bunis
    montreal quebec canada

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  66. Hector Torres

    A representation of what probably most white Americans were saying/thinking at the time.
    Hector Torres, Corozal, PR

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  67. steve mostecak

    .......typical. Harry Reid said what virtually all white people think due to institutional racism in this country. But, to acknowledge racism is the first step toward eliminating it. He apologized and the President accepted; that should suffice.....this is hopefully a learning experience for all white people to recognize how deep-seated our racist beliefs are and how they are reinforced on a daily basis in many venues.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  68. Kevin

    an acknowledgement of the truth about fears of white people he has known, met, and talked to over his lifetime, as well as during his tenure in government, and may not represent his personal views. Just as I as an African-American would have said the same thing.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  69. Brian

    made about 18 months ago, had no impact on the campaign, and barely commented upon by the press at the time. Why is this non-issue now getting so much airtime and attention?

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  70. Larry Rodriguez

    No big deal! I am no fan of Senator Reid but what he said was the truth and in my opinion was not a racist comment. I am fricking sick of all this race bull going on all the time. I am not what it is called a 'white man" in this country but if it had been all the way around nothing would have been said.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  71. J. Vardaro

    ...grounds for dismissal.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  72. Michael Shatz

    Harry Reid's comments were... not racist. Reid was not saying anything negative about anyone. He was merely pointing out that because of racism, a dark-skinned man who was less articulate would have a hard time getting elected.

    While what Reid said is a sad truth, it is the truth because of racist views amongst the voting public. Intelligent people, like Obama, realize the distinction between what Reid said, and racism.

    Apparently, the GOP members who want Reid to resign are hoping that the public is not smart enough to make that distinction...

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  73. Keann(key-on)

    Harry Reid’s Comments Were… very inappropriate, i hope he now realizes that he could have used a better choice of words. As a young black man I however do not see this as a big deal. Since the President has accepted his apology i guess we all should too. I just think we as American need to get over the color of ones skin. Its amazing what stereotype's can do to our government.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  74. Matt from N.C


    Senetor Reids coments where on the money. Lets face it, its because the way he, Obama, presented himself was the reason he became president. If we could not understand him when he addressed the nation, he would have been elected only because of race.

    North Carolina

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  75. Mario

    Harry Reid's comments are about what you'd expect from an old geezer whose time has come and gone. What's more interesting is the haste with which the Democrats are offering up their forgiveness in exchange for a his continuing push for an ill-timed health care bill.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  76. Seth, Missouri

    His comments were observational, unfortunately true, and not an expression of agreement with that truth. Republicans are playing politics.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  77. D

    Appropriate, and I'm not defending the GOP. It's true Pres. Obama got the young college educated white vote because he is well spoken and well educated. Ask any of the white voters if they would vote for Rev.Al Sharpton or Rev. Jesse Jackson? Probably not because the perception is that there only out for the blacks and most of the things coming out of their mouths are ignorant. We need to be more frank and open about or discussions involving race and less apologetic so we can move forward.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  78. Elliot Gordon

    Harry Reid's remarks were appropriate. There are too many bigots in this country to elect an Afro-American no matter how smart he is. We must remember that President Obama is the first African-American and the voting public might now overcome their prejudices. The same will be true for a woman, a Jew, etc. Does anyone remember the fuss made over JFK when he, as the first Roman Catholic, was running for and became president?

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  79. Charles Watkins

    Harry Reid's comments were......
    Awkward and stiff, but were based on several realities that African-Americans (such as myself) CLEARLY understand.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  80. tonya

    Mr. Reids comments seem to be the same as always.....
    just another political figure getting caught..TELLING THE TRUTH.
    As a black women, its unfortunate, but whats worse is the GOP acting
    as if they care whether or not I was insulted.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  81. rayburn

    Revealing. Harry Reid said what many think. His indiscretion reveals his poor judgment and his racial bias. The only reason the democrats and Obama are supporting him is his role in jamming through the health care legislation. He's alread a lame duck! He should do the honorable thing and resign like Trent Lott was forced to do.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  82. Mark Wall

    ...unfurtunately uttered where they should not have been, These were the practical assessment of a politico evaluating the potential for a candidate's winning, something that happens all the time where ethnicity and race are part of what drives the vote and has to be taken into account. Nothing perjorative was meant by it and as with so much else is being blown up by the media for their own purposes.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  83. Mamie Thomas

    Harry Reid's comments are getting more air time that it should get. If President Obama says I forgive you, then everyone else should shut up. What Mr. Reid said was true, we are very likely to view someone more favorable because of their skin color and the way they speak.
    Republicans are doing this, because of things they wanted to say about President Obama, but didn't want to be called raceist. That why they needed a person like Steele.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  84. Tim

    His comments, while uncomfortable for most people to hear, are based in historical fact . . . and they were more an analysis of the racial climate in America than a personal slam on President Obama.

    I'm African-American, and regret that these historical elements of skin-color and dialect "are" real determinants of people's attitudes toward African-Americans. However, to the vast majority of Americans, the issues that the senator alluded to, do matter.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  85. Joe Armstrong

    So here's the deal, i dont like the pres. he talks too much, and does not a lot. as far as the comments that were made, it should be left alone. he apologized, the pres (the only person that truly matters in this situation) accepted the apology, not to mention this was done pre-election so let sleeping dogs lie people no reason to make a tiger woods out of this situation, as a person obama seems like a great guy, as the pres he has failed us so far, and hey look at the time period the majority leader comes from, and i hate to agree, the fact that our current pres is in fact a lot lighter skinned and the fact that he is so well spoken and has no dialect that we hear so many black americans with i guarantee helped with his election, not necessarily defined it. poor choice of words, but it happens. get a life people quit focusing on this stuff.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  86. jbrady1983

    Come on! As health care reform bill is ready to pass, the GOP finds a
    "new book" with damaging quote made by the majority leader during the 2008 campaign?
    You guys are smart enough to realize that this is a last ditch effort by the GOP to railroad health care reform.
    I don't give the media much credit in making this such a big deal. How do we know that's what Reid said and in what context. Because he apologized?

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  87. Thelma Brittain

    It just goes to show you how uninformed most white people in America are about African Americans. We come in a large variety of colors and dialects. The statement was ignorant.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  88. Thom Clemmons

    Unfortunately Harry Reid was correct. Unfortunately race is still a dividing factor in our country, and being light-skinned and articulate may very well have contributed to President Obama being elected. This comment goes hand in hand with President Carter's comment that much of the criticism of President Obama this past summer was race based. Once again, unfortunately, a man any shade of black will never meet the approval of some Americans. Harry Reid was stating facts about racism in America, not making a racist comment about then candidate Obama.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  89. caroline

    What an honest man he said what a lot of people thought but were too afraid to say.We need more honest men like him. Am black and i thinnk if Obama is ok with it lets move on. I too think not talking theblack slang helped and it does everyday. The people saying he should resign have probably worse thoughts than he does.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  90. forseetheway

    Unfortunately true. Anyone privy to Black History in America isn't shocked that this happened. Being closer to white has always had its advantages in this country. Shout out to Don, Tony and TJ!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  91. Robert Reid

    a truthful political assessment This controversy is another example of complicit medai overblowing transparent Republican talking points. They hope to influence public opinion when they have nothing constructive to say

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  92. Emmanuel O Aluko

    to me were a display of how frivolous some of our leaders could be with their chosen words...a leader who choses his/words diligently is a thinkthoughtful person.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  93. K.Stevens II

    people will say what they want but people in politics must remember that every one is listening to every little word and that while we can't take away their right to have free of speech, but it is there duty as a so called person of the people to do so for them selfs and the people as a whole

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  94. Albert

    The comments were timely in the sense that the senator was stating a fact that no one would air in public.
    It was not a given that America would accept a black president- the candidate had to be acceptable to the nation as a whole. This man had all the right ingredients, of mixed race, intelligent, good looking, carrying no social baggage and represented a change from the staus quo in the eyes of the world.

    That was all the senator was trying to convey- no more no less. He was weighing the chances of the candidate.

    I cannot see why the statemenent could be considered egregious.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  95. Jonathan

    His comments were politically accurate. White Americans would never elect someone who looked and sounded like Huggy Bear on Starsky & Hutch. Frankly, this is a news story about nothing. The Republicans, in fact, have been less tolerant... such as the "You Lie!" congressman. No doubt that wouldn't have happened if the President was caucasian.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  96. Matt

    expressive of pejorative thoughts, underlying sentiment and residual classism that serves chiefly to remind us why tolerance and forgiveness continue to bare relevance in public thought and the day-to-day of reality.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  97. CW

    When Trent Lott made comments at Strom Thurman's birthday celebration
    Obama demanded his resignation. Now that Reid makes this racial comments Democrats are saying that it's OK. What do Democrats stand for? Hypocrites.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  98. Charlie Poor

    Whats the matter with Washington? What Harry Reid said was the truth, I can't believe that when someone in Washington tells the truth he is repremanded by everyone especially the media, I never liked Reid before, but know i have a new respect for him.......

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  99. Jeff in Boulder, CO

    ...typical of this administration and congress....the truth said behind closed doors rarely matches the polished rhetoric that we the American people ultimately hear.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  100. Norma Conners

    Senator Reid made a racial comment that was improper, but it was not a racist comment. His comment was not in the same category as Senator Lott's remark.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  101. Xavier Walker

    Harry Reid’s comments were despicable and totally uncalled for! What is wrong with the White race, and politicians especially who are supposed to be representing this great country as a whole? I'll tell you what-fear of brown people take over, that they will be reduced to being treated like they treated others in the past! Remember-what goes around comes around!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  102. Claire

    not important. He said it like it was, and it should be accepted as it was used. I do not feel any racial implications were there, and it appears that Republicans are trying to make a big deal of this. He should ignore the suggestions that he should resign. It is just more of the Republican comments that should be ignored.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  103. monte

    Harry Reid's comments are his true feelings and using the word Negro shows that he is out of touch with the common folks. His remarks were much more racist than Trent Lott's segregation statement. He should step down.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  104. Joseph

    100% Racist...but since he's a DC Dem it will be swept under the rug like usual.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  105. Thelma Brittain

    It just goes to show you how uninformed most white people in America are about African Americans. We come in a large variety of colors and dialects. Harry Reid needs more black friends.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  106. Don Allen

    is nothing compared to the direct racist remark by Trent Lott. The failure of the Republican party to recognize this is the very reason that African-Americans see through the appointment of Steele as patronizing. Steele's dialect is not very "Negro" either.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  107. Bill T

    ........are not racists! If everytime someone discusses race in this country is looked on as being racists we still have a huge prolblem. I think Mr. Reid was simply discussing the facts and I have no problem with what he said. I have more of a problem with the press making a bigger deal out of this than it is. The President has not taken offense to these remarks and I feel the rest of the country should not either!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  108. Jackson Knight

    To start, I am not a fan of Harry Reid for numerous reasons but...
    Here is the question: Did he lie? Did he twist the facts to fit some agenda? NO!
    The honest facts are that a dark skinned African-American man and/or a person using street slang instead or properly formed English would not have done as well in the American Political system for President. This nation still suffers from prejudice thinking based on skin color and speaking patterns.
    It takes a person making statements such as Reid's to keep reminding people that we are no so advanced after all when we still have a vast number of individuals that just a man by his skin color and degrading a person because they do not speak just like they do.
    It's a shame but it is the truth.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  109. Amy

    In discussing this with both Obama supporters and those who didn't support him the consensus was that what Reid said wasn't racist but rather a statement of fact. He wasn't offering his opinion here and he wasn't saying that while true it was acceptable either. The difference with past comments are that they were racist opinions or opinions that condoned racist beliefs.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  110. Bob

    Harry Reids comments were totally insensitive and reveiling of his true thoughts regarding African-Americans and he should resign. However, if this had been a Republican making such comments Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and leading Congressman would be all over the media asking for that Republicans resignation.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  111. alex

    Listen, what Reid has said it factually correct, but it wasn't a smartest thing to say in public.
    Obama was elected not because he was Light skin, and didn't have a negro dialect, but he would not have been elected if he was completely black skin and also had a hip/Negro dialect. If anyone doubts these facts, then you are missing the big point.

    But Reid should have been smart enough to know not to say this in public and cable TV. Reid, stay in office, you have done a lot of good to Black Americans like me and your apology is enough as far as I am concerned.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  112. Jeff Caliendo

    Reckless, insesitive and a sad reminder of the way people of Mr. Reid's generation have been raised to view people of color. Mr. Reid should do the honorable thing and step down as leader.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  113. Terry and Jackie Herber

    true. Unfortunately a lot of Americans don't see African Americans who speak in the manner that the President does. The majority of African Americans (and some Caucasians as well) in our area, speak with a dialect that tends to not only be difficult to understand, but typically leads one to consider the person uneducated in some way. In regards to the "lightness" of the Presidents' skin being a factor, this is something that the majority of African Americans would themselves agree on...what a lot of people don't think to take into consideration is the prejudice within the African American community when it comes to how "dark" one is...

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  114. Vicki Phipps

    a disgrace to our nation and the people he's supposed to represent!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  115. Daryl Sims Detroit Mi

    The truth. I'm so tired of everyone always running from the truth. I'm and african American Male and I Know that if President Obama would of never been elected if he were a darker skin Black man or if he wans't well spoken. This is the reason it's so hard to talk about race in this country. Everything anyone says is over analyzed.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  116. Kitty Johnson

    ...a reference to the existence of racism among American Voters. Strom Thurmond was openly pro-segregation. Harry Reid was acknowledging the existence of similar world-views still alive in our country today. We will get better eventually, but the fact is that people the Republicans revere as past heroes have left us with some sick thinking about the significance of physiological differences. That erroneous world-view will probably affect elections for years and years.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  117. TK

    Once again, let's make a big deal out of nothing, Harry's comments were correct, Obama does have a great speaking voice, and the color of his skin is light, so what, let's worry about bigger issues that are actually important.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  118. Ernest Ako Sackey

    I find this statement very unfortunate and he should be ashamed for such unfortunate racist comments. At times politicians get carried away by situations but they can not run away from the consequences thereafter. I feel the apologies are just not enough. As a leader, such racist comments will forever hunt him. I feel he should resign honorable.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  119. john

    If you take all the PC out of what Harry said his statement is true.
    The fact that Obama is a light skinned black does make a smoother transition to a non-white president and therefore more non blacks would find him acceptable
    The same holds true for his speech. He speaks as an educated, well thought out person who has a command of the language to be able to effectively communicate with voters. Do you honestly think anyone would be elected who can only speak Eubonics? Its not racism, its the real world.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  120. Robert - Ohio

    Perhaps the term "negro: was poorly chosen but not racial. President Obama does have light skin, and he has no accent other than normal midwest America, and this may have helped with the non-black vote. We should be well past race by now and issues like this only show the pettiness of both political parties. Congress is more concerned about keeping their jobs and corporate campaign sponsors than helping solve anything. We should filre the whole lot and start over.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  121. Rockspot

    Senator Reid's comment was refreshingly honest as it related to the state of racism in an American election year. The context being made in an election year and getting a Democrat elected to the Presidency is important in understanding his intent. Senator Reid appoligized and President Obama accepted that appology. That should be the end of this discussion. People should do as they learned in their Sunday School classes ..." turn the other cheek" and move on. Stop publicly castigating Senator Reid and let's get to work on the real problems of this nation.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  122. Perry BArker

    I think what he was saying was that Obama is part white and people would vote for him quicker for that reason. I'd like to know exactly what part of what he said was offensive. Was it the word Negro? Don't overlook the fact that there's still an organization called NAACP and what does the CP stand for? Colored People. Why can black people use Negro or colored people or light skined but white people can't without being racist?


    January 11, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  123. Carmen

    Harry Reid's comments were pure ignorance and yet another reminder of the good old boy mentality that continues to saturate our body of government.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  124. Dr. Ora

    Reid's comments were factual and not racist. Some mainstream Black Americans perspective if Obama was dark skin, was raised by his Black grandparents, and spoke broken English he may not have been elected. It is the old stereotype that if you are light you may be alright. He had another advantage of being biracial, which in some circles he is not Black enough.

    I thought this was America, where free speech is valued and not punished otherwise, why are our troops fighting? He should not step down or forced out because American need to have a real dialogue on the issues within Blacks which makes this also a fact, based on ones perspective.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  125. Hilroy


    It is sad that in this day and age this mindset still exist. What do you expect from people who still have inherent racist but hidden views?

    Let us learn from this again and move forward. However, with all the disrespect being shown to the president and with the 'tea party group" ready to go again, I do believe we are in for turmoil and unfortunately so.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  126. udo schuklenk

    there's nothing racist in these comments. harry reid describes what he thinks makes obama more palatable to many US voters. he is not saying that he thinks obama is a better person because of his lighter skin or accent, he is simply stating that certain of his features make him more competitive on the electoral front. that's a factual question as opposed to one of value. whether or not his assumptions about the US electorate are right can be discovered by means of empirical research. if anything US voters should be offended by his assumptions about what drives their voting behavior. the scary question is: might reid be right in his assumptions?!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  127. Bernard W. Robinson

    Harry Reids comments were typical of old Washington. Although he may have been a champion of diversity, it still shows what is really on the mind of many in Washington wether Democrat or Republican.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  128. JJ

    I've had many conversations with my Friends of Color and this was a "discussion" fact while the President was running for office; that in todays America it would be easier for a lighter skinned Black or Hispanic individual to be elected. Hopefully in the future such non-issues will be of no consequence to the electorate. Most of us look forward to that day.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  129. Natalie Hartman Whitnack

    Harry Reed's recent comment regarding Barack Obama"s
    hue and dialect proved to be true. He is our President. Unfortunately, there are those, both in the African American and Caucasian communities that believe "light is right". Fortunately, the majority of the younger, not my generation (70's) are the ones who gave President Obama the lead to succeed. Bless them!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  130. Scott

    .......totally unacceptable and ingnorant. Who in world talks like that anymore? He sounds like and old "KKK" member who has changed his ways......or at least is trying to. It also sounds like he never met a black operson before. My brother-in-law is black and if I ever used those words with him, he would think I was racist, or a "white" person with no clue. What Reid said was much worse than Trent Lott's comments, and the dem's made him resign. Give me a break!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  131. Susan

    The forgiveness we are seeing for Harry's typically ignorant statements has nothing to do with the issue, but all about the democrat party being a bunch of hypocrites. If a republican had uttered the same words they would be chastised and thrown to the wolves. Please note that Obama strongly insisted that Trent Lott be removed when he too uttered hurtful words. What we should be up in arms about is the fact that Reid endorsed bribery to sell his unpopular health care bill and our president seems to be fine with that tactic as well.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  132. Vivian B Swann

    Sen Harry Reid's comments are understandable in light of the mindset of some races in our past as witnessed by the "house vs field negro" mindset that permiated in the past, and which is likely to still prevail in the minds of the very ones who are condeming him now. As a minority american it was no secret to us that certain of us (fairer in skin) were looked upon more favorably (if at all) by caucasians. We did not come about this prejudice on our own. Sen Reid should move forward and leave the Republican Party, including michael steal, in his past. we have.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  133. TBrittain

    Harry Reid and other whites that think like him should take classes on Black culture. The statement is just ignorance at its best.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  134. CW

    Remember Imus? Reid is The Senate Majority Leader and yet he is getting a free pass. Democrats are OK with his comments? Outrageous!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  135. Alice Autrey

    I feel that Harry Reid's comments were true. Maybe not pretty, but true. Why such a big dealabout these comments? We did elect him. We , as a country are not yet perfect. Hasn't anyone noticed that?

    January 11, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  136. Grady

    I am a BLACK American and the truth is that Senator Reid was only being truthful with his coment. In the TV Drama Fringe, no matter how articulate the FBI boss is America would have never accepted him as President of the US. Put up his picture. That is the real truth .

    January 11, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  137. Robert Sullivan

    Harry Reid's comments were truthful and on the mark. He is not racist, he simply knows that many Americans are still racist and that this would be an important factor in the election. Either tell me why his comments were not true or tell me why he can't speak the truth.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  138. Carlos

    The thoughts of an ignorant man who is clearly out of touch with today's society. Anyone who thinks his comments were ok because 'that's t what people have always thought but never verbalized it' is just as ignorant as he is.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  139. Regina

    an honest assessment of the political possibilities of being accepted by a majority of Americans (shame on the rest). It was in no way an indication of his own personal feelings.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  140. bill maines

    Like it or not, he told the truth and everyone knows it. black or white

    January 11, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  141. J Keefer

    Harry Reid's comments were taken out of context by Republicans and used as a political lever will little effect, since we all know republicans are generally bigoted people from the south with superiority complexes, while the media over-hyped and extended the pointless outrage by making mountains out of molehills.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  142. Ellen M

    Harry Reid comments were not racist; how can the truth be racist? Of all the qualified candidates for president who had "one drop" of African heritage, President Obama's total demenor helped him win; not just his skin color or his diction, but also the fact that he is incredibly insightful of the total picture and never played the race card. He is first and foremost an American. As an American with no African heritage, I couldn't be more pleased with President Obama.
    Most of the "white" Americans are of European heritage, while "black" Americans are of European and African heritage. I think it is beyond the time to put away the labels of black and white. We need to focus on all we have in common.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  143. CW

    What if a Republican made the same comments? Democrats are hypocrites.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  144. Soto Capo

    ....deplorable! Think about this: the man wrote a book which means it had to be edited and reviewed so obviously he didnt think it was inflammatory then but as soon as he gets some backlash over the comments, now he wants to apologize. I have also heard comments about him being a "champion of civil rights" well im sorry but doesn't that make Mr. Reid even more hypocritical than the average? He should have known about the sensitivity of race since it has been a part of his platform for years. I am a black man so for him to say that about "negro dialect" hit hard! The "dialect" he was talking about has nothing to do with one's race but it has to do with the economical background, i.e. urban environment. If a white person lived in "the hood" then he/she would pick up on some of the slanguage [slang language] used and quite possibly will use it in everyday usage with some invididuals they come across. It is almost laughable because Obama is mixed but he is so far from light-skinned. Alicia Keys is light-skinned; Obama is brown; SEAL is dark-skinned but the main focus is they are BEAUTIFUL BLACK PEOPLE!!!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  145. Shirley

    Reid said nothing negative, it was what he felt, again It was a fact, and not a negtative one. Someone is always looking for somthing to complain about. There are more things to talk about , without looking to make trouble... He should definnitly NOT be forced to step down.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  146. John

    true. It' to bad Republicans are still focused on paralizing the government instead of working with the Democrats to recapture the glory of America after ignoring the plight of the middle and lower class to protect and advance the standing of the well conected upper class for the last 8 years

    January 11, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  147. Melissa Steinmetz

    Harry Reid's comments were an indicator of how deep rooted racism still runs in the heart of many. President Obama is an educated man, and his dialect is nothing more than an indication of that.
    Do not confuse intelligence with education. Many African American's possess the same high level of intellect, (as do many Caucasian individual's without formal education) yet still have the dialect because of their socio-economical environment.
    All highly educated people I know of a "minority" race speak without their native or cultural tongue as a bi-product of their respective formal education.
    His light skin is equally as irrelevant in his winning the election as he was born of a white mother. How, I ask you, is that something to be held against him.
    I think Reid's comment's were an attempt to explain a situation that needs no explanation. The president got the votes because he was the best person for the job, to scrutinize on such a base level shows arrogance and ignorance.


    January 11, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  148. Caryn Naiditch

    Harry Reids comments were absolutely true. Its a phony political correctness to pretend they're not. Harry Reids loudest critics are hypocritical and obviously taking parisan shots. Just look at the blackface images of Obama on the tea party protest signs. Racism is still alive in this country. We've come a long way in this country and still have a long way to go. Harry Reid didn't say anything racist. He just made an observation that is absolutely true. He shouldn't have had to apologize.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  149. ethan

    There is some truth in what the senater said. But america don't really want to hear that. This kind of remind me of the jimmy the greek show back in the 70's why are black athletes are better porportionate then white athletes.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  150. Leila

    Ignorant and disrespectful to who we are a country. What exactly is a negro dialect? I think the thing that scares me the most is that he believes that each race speaks a certain way (I.e. black or white) but he “represents” a state that I am sure has more than one nationality in it (unless he has found a racist’s utopia) and that according to his words African Americans are idiots that do not know how to speak (but they can vote and give him his job). What I wonder is what President Obama’s light skin has to do with it? Does he think that if President was a little darker he would not have been a appealing to the American people as a president? And if so why not? After Bush I would have voted for a dolphin.

    He says that he is sorry but more than likely he’s not sorry; he is sorry that he got caught.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  151. Andrew Turocy

    Why is it that people in this country cannot be truly honest with themselves. A truly dark skinned or black president? Never. Just look at the Afro Americans we feature or celebrate: news reporters or anchor men and women, models, pop stars to soap stars. Tiger Woods and Beyonce? Truly dark skinned? I don't think so. Not one really comes to mind. We still have a long way to go.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  152. caroline

    we need more honest men like him.The people calling him to resign are probably the worst in their thoughts but have no guts to say anything. Am black too from kenya and trust me not using the black slang helps everyday everywhere.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  153. Vicki Phipps

    and by the way, I suppose it was only insulting to those with a bit of intelligence.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  154. Chris

    Harry Reids comments were racial but not racist. Why? Little know fact – Blacks themselves are 'color struck'. Meaning that Blacks, within their own community, tend to judge another Black as more acceptable by skin color, grade of hair, and command of the English language (TALKING WHITE).

    Evidence of this can be seen in the historical elections of Blacks in this country and in the West Indies.

    So while what Reid said has been said by whites forever, including in the remarks section of military evaluation reports of certain Blacks, it is hardly elevated to the level that the Republicans would love it tobe.

    Benson, AZ

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  155. Karen Leopold

    I believe Reids comments were truthful....perhaps not politically correct. I do not think it was a racist remark, it is an opinion of the way he sees the American voter. What is wrong with the truth and will racism go away by punishing those people who expose it?

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  156. Nathaniel

    Looking @ all advertisment ,tv,and everything you see. Reid did not lie.
    What is the problem? ...

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  157. Dave

    While Mr. Reeds comments were wrong, its more unfortunate that they were an honest statement. Apology was accepted, issue over. But just the fact that this comment made the national news shows Americans have a long way to go with how we view each other.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  158. Robert (Philadelphia, Pa)

    Harry Reid’s comments were nothing more than an observation of political reality; Senator Reid was merely the messenger and he should not be chastised for the comment.

    Robert, Philadelphia, Pa.(for the record, an Obama supporter)

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  159. anne shaughnessy

    Reid's comment was not very politic. However, the Republicans are a bunch of hypocrites, they "wish" Reid would step down merely as a means to destroy health care reform and other important reforms that need to be completed after eight years of inaction.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  160. Melvin Cole

    Harry Reids comments were truthful but inappropriate for a majority leader. As an African American, I know that dialect and skin tone plays an important role in determining positions when it comes to African Americans. Light skinned African Americans have always had an advantage on dark skinned African Americans. Look at the movies,music industry and even sports.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  161. Janas Jackson

    Many critics of Sen. Reid fail to realize that African-Americans pay attention not only to words, but actions. Sen. Reid's record clearly shows his support of causes that are critical to African-Americans, such as health care, Over the years, he has worked diligently to level the playing field for peple of color and all Americans. We can forgive a poor choice of words if you've labored in the trenches for equality and social justice. Believe me, we know the difference!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  162. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Im a republican and when I see tactics like this to get rid of democrats it makes me ashamed of my party next time im voting independent all the mud slinging between party's have gone to far our country is in too much distress for this kind of none since.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  163. Marcoantonio Arellano

    Harry Reids comments was appropriate and correct in the context of his literary reference. It is true that with the underlying racism that still pervades our society his lighter skin and skill set as an orator did provide that "shelter of security" for those that still teeter in the inculcated innate prejudices.

    Comparing Harry"s comments in context to those of Trent Lott's is the "right wing" attempts at ousting the head of the Health Pkg. and trying one ups on the Dem's. It's apples and oranges. Trent Lott's context was his true color manifestations of his racism vs Harry's just making a point. Compare their voting records, actions speak!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  164. Polly Reid

    Harry Reid's comments were candid and true. Anyone who feels otherwise is being disingenuous, politically correct, or opportunistic. We just have to look at church attendance on Sundays to see that America, like no other country in the world, is a most segregated place, divided into two races, white and non-whites. No one can tell America what to be, but denying the truth is to use Mr. Reid as a scape goat. By the way, no relationship; Mr. Reid is white, I am non-white.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  165. Kfornow

    Senator Reid is "Spot On" with his comments about President Obama, and certainly should NOT step down! However, He should know that "some things are just better left unsaid"!"

    January 11, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  166. Onesimus Jappah

    Harry Reid's comments were embarrasing and disgraceful to the office and position that he holds. An apology by Harry Reids is just not enough. People in positions such as his should be held accountable for comments like the one he made. By saying I am sorry for my choice of words is just not enough. People say I'm sorry all the time just to get out of situations. I think it's time to hold politicians to thier words and not have them going back on what they said.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  167. Joyce Cruikshank

    His statement meant nothing! The Republicans are so bored they are jumping on anything!!!! Give the American people a break,and get to work and help us get jobs!!!!!!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  168. barbara

    Harry Reid's comments are what a lot of people were thinking during the campaign and not saying out loud. Everybody needs to step back and look at what is happening to this nation. The racial divide in this country if getting wider and wider. Each time a comment like this gets so much press and the different political parties jump on each other for every little thing that is written or said, the divide gets larger. Why aren't we worrying more out the economy, the war that is killing our young people daily and the little children in the country who do not have medical coverage or food to eat. Come on people, let's worry about the really important things in life and learn how to love each other no matter what color a person is, where they are from or what they believe.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  169. Jim Marshall

    I am a "Black / Negro / African American" , I am not offended but I am offended when Republican's who do nothing for Blacks or with Blacks have the anything to say. Images of Martin Luther King and Lincoln shown a the Republican convention barley got a hand clap by the Republican faithful "I am surprised CNN missed that". Then President Bush got a better receptions when his face was shown then both Martin Luther King and Lincoln , that was a cold reception if your Black /Negro/ African American as I am.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  170. Gregory E. Bryant

    Harry Reid's comment's unfortunately reflect the inner thoughts of many in this often racially charged society. For many persons (especially white voters) in this country, the fact that then Senator Oboma was from a racially mixed background, with very light skin, and the ability to speak with what many would deem a European American accent, this allowed for the conceptual possiblity that Obama might pass the image and ear test. What is most troubling for me is not the Senator Reid's comments, but the fact that very superficial factors like skin tone and voice intonation/accent can still mark persons as either acceptable or unacceptable. We do not live in a post-racial society, because we have yet to thoroughly learn that different doesn't necessarily mean deficient. On the plus side, I think we've come a very long way as a nation, but until we can move beyond the notion that Eurocentricism is still the gold standard for ideals, images, and cultural norms, we've got a long way to go.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  171. Bettyrose Henery-Tremble

    Harry Reids’ comments were (painfully) correct. What should be emphasized however, is that Reid’s way of thinking has been confined to the rapidly decreasing number of people in his age group. I think younger Americans and other youth throughout the world have seen the horrors that have plagued this world due to racism and have decided they want no part in this ridiculous behavior.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  172. C. W. Coe

    What Reid said was absolutely true.
    I am so frustrated with the media blowing this out of all proportion. Have we lost our collective minds? All this PC business has caused the death of common sense. The reality is that the whole voting block of highly educated super liberals NEVER would have backed Obama if he spoke in ungrammatical english, and without their support (and money) he would not even have been nominated.

    It just goes to show that anyone who speaks the truth in Washington will be vilified. DC is simply a den of thieves and liars.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  173. Sonya Parson

    is reminded that nothing has changed in america especially after the election of the first black president. As one of the light skinned persuasian who doesn't but can speak "negroid" (because blacks are bilingual like that depending on the company we are in) I'm offended. This comment seems to be okay with not only whites but with darker skinned blacks which is very hurtful because no matter what I'm still black and don't receive any advantages because of my skin color. I work a regular job that is by necessity not love of what I do and I have problems like everyone else so what are my great advantages? How does anyone especially another black person question someone elses blackness. You can only be who you are.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  174. Susan M

    Harry Reid's comments were... a realistic assessment of why candidate Obama might be able to win- "all other things being equal" in the famous words of Econ 101. This may simply be a statement based on experience and on years of "reading" the American voting public– not comfortable to hear, but nevertheless true.

    So, what's the context here... his comment COULD reflect a racially influenced Machivellian sort of mind-set if, for example, Reid had been discussing with other Dems, during the Democratic convention, which of several African American candidates stood the best chance and therefore "ought" to be selected, regardless of their respective strengths and qualities. I kind of doubt this was the case– it's not like there was more than one viable candidate of color!!

    January 11, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  175. Chef Noel Caven

    In this day of change one would think that old south ignorance is gone but once again america unfortunately has consistenlty shown that it is incapable of looking past a persons race, how can we impose our values
    on the rest of the world when we can't advance from simple ignorance.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  176. Stephanie

    Harry Reid's Comment's about Barack Obama was offensive, however he said what most other folks were thinking. Why all the back lash from republcians to have Harry Reid step down, "healthcare" they could really care less about his comment's being offensive. They should really concentrate on having Mr.Steele's step down & his lack of leadership abilities, not Mr. Reid.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  177. Don B

    Is further proof that in politics and the country in general when it comes to people of color,there are still serious issues that need to be addressed.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  178. james

    lol–waiting for the next politician to speak that has something inteligent to say. I may be waiting for a long time.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  179. Darlene Brunzell

    ...likely reflective of what Congressman Reid recognizes as a racist society. At that moment in our history when an African American had never been president, I think Congressman Reid was commenting on the potential for white America to invest their "vote" of confidence in a black man as the leader of our county. Barack Obama's election as the first black president was celebrated by black and white Americans alike and has changed the political stage for black Americans forever.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  180. Anita Bracy

    True.And so is the fact that poor uneducated whites, and do and say anything to sellout another black man, blacks, believe and repeat everything rush limbaugh and glen beck says about black people.RNC Chair michael steele is recorded on tape laughing about rush limbaugh calling President Obama, "Barack the magic Negro". That to this light-skinned , African-American who speaks the Queen's English is more offensive to me.michael steele offends me more than anything harry reid said.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  181. Barbara Vendro

    This is the arrogance and stupidity we Americans have to put up with by the type of people we elect in the Senate and Congress. Not only are they stupit, arrogant and on the take by taking millions of dollars in bribes. No wonder we Americans are suffering. We must bring laws to our country where these politicians can't get away with business as usual.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  182. Rhonni

    What Reid said speaks more to the attitudes of the American public than to his feelings about our president. Americans like leaders to be good looking and well spoken. When our leaders misspeak, the press crucifies them, think Bush, Palin & Quayle and the American public eats it up. Get over it! It may have been politically incorrect, but Reid spoke the truth.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  183. Rosario Cudney

    It is almost incredible that in this century..year 2010, people like Reid's still living in their own world where racism and doble morals, not a surprise, still at large in our country.
    Obama is a citizen of the world, regardless the color of his skin or his ancestors.
    He will make history in this country but because of his INTELLIGENCE and capacity to make Changes past due in this country.
    He is more admired abroad than in his own country.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  184. Lisa

    What harry Reid said about Obama
    The statement may not have been politically correct
    I feel what he said there is a lot of truth to his statement..

    January 11, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  185. Rachel D. Williams

    Senator Harry Reid's comments were nothing more than an acknowledgment of the persistence of both racism and colorism in America. African Americans have been discriminated against and/or privileged based on dialect and skin color for centuries. This is not to say that President Obama is unqualified for the highest political office, for he is. And I voted for him based on his qualifications. Nevertheless, Americans need to have frank discussions about race and colorism–without the fear of reprisal. Thus, Senator Reid's re-election, if granted, should be based solely on his record.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  186. Dr. Travis Bradshaw

    As a white man who is married to an African American woman and also trained as a sociologist, I am certainly aware of race relations in this country. While Senator Reid’s comments were distasteful to some, they are nevertheless categorically true. In this country it does help to be good looking; it does help to be eloquent; it does help to be able to relate to your audience regardless of race/ethnicity/background; and unfortunately it is still true not just in America, but the majority of the world that darker skin is more often than not a detriment. I am not defending Mr. Reid, but as Americans we need to be honest with where we stand as a country regarding race, beauty, language, and the like.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  187. Charles

    Reid's comments were and are unfortunately HONEST. Obama is main stream, as are many other African Americans. That doesn't mean he is any less black, it just means that he is a little more palatable to some whites. Republicans are not coming to Obama's defense, rather they are scorned that they don't get to talk in public how many of them think in private.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  188. Donna

    just fact.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  189. Rick Lawhon

    A simple statement of fact. I remember discussing some of Barack Obama's attributes with others during the campaign and I may have said something similar to what Harry Reid said. There is nothing malicious in the comments and the story should go away. While it may have sold some books for the author, I won't be running out to buy it.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  190. CW

    WE should expect better from our leaders. Reid was wrong and should be removed.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  191. Andrea

    Unfortunately I was channel surfing and ran head on into this comment about "Reid". Nicole, above respondant, makes a valid point. But Ken and Michael are obvious more-off's than more-on's.

    Bottom line is all ignorant comments need to stop. Not just the one's made about people that are direct descendants from slavery or current products of crossing the color line, i.e. Black/white, black/asian, etc. It is VERY sad that some are in the dark and insencitve aout someone who is of a different nationality. I would not be wrong to say that someone like Ken and Michael do not see outside the box because in their world "blacks make a big ta do about nothing" when such obvious ignorant remarks are made. Just because your skin has color does not mean your supposed to or should sound like you stepped out of a hard core rap video. and it is very offensive that anyone would suggest it is considered standard "negro dialect"... Cone. tired of it. and all Reid did was bring light to the fact that RASCISM STILL EXISTS.

    I am tired of being associated with a Nation that still segregates yet equalizes actions albeit it verbal connotations, physical actions, and social behaviors(kkk) that have already gotten the U.S. as a whole hated by so many people outside of the country. If England can accept people of all races so long as they respect rules and regulations, why is the U.S. still trapped in pre-Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. decade?

    in short, as a colored american (made up of not just african descent), I am embarassed that people like Reid exist and help run our country -white, wow what a coincendence. Do i forgive him? partially, Yes because he can't help being STOOPID. the other part of me, NOOOO because I am so done with ignorance being and excuse for hurting others.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  192. J Keefer

    The US Government is doomed. These "politics" are getting us nowhere.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  193. Gerald

    I didn't see any thing wrong with his comments.Most African Americans use correct English when engaged in interracial communication.I don't see any difference in that than I do when Hispanics speaking in Spanish when engaged in intraracial communication.Being an African-American,I wish we still spoke our native langage.Afterall,he is half caucasian.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  194. DianneA

    Sen. Reid's comments, while inappropriate, should not be given more weight than it deserves. He is the head of a party run by the first racially mixed president in our history so I believe this speaks louder than word choices in reference to his racial beliefs. The GOP is trying to turn this into a political tool and cares very little for implicit meaning of their comments, since they themselves have made repeated racially charged comments directed toward the president.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  195. Vicki Brown

    Harry Reid's comments were.....HONEST. Anything anybody in the public eye says can and is labeled racist. We have become so politically correct that we don't recognize an honest comment when we hear one.

    Vicki in Vermont

    January 11, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  196. sabrina

    TRUE. I don't think Reid was really referring to Obama as offensive, rather making a statement about how society has percieved-assumed the black community or persons. Many people have had or try to generalize opinions of blacks being hip-hopy, rude or "ghetto". It goes to show the way one speaks or carries themselves says much, but it also speaks to the way many make judgements inaccurately, with no merit other then their own personal assumptions. Its disappointing that Reid was asked to apologize for his observation of what many need to start realizing is more that our society tries to insult or make an issue out of nothing for the sake of it.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  197. Chas Williams

    Harry Reid’s Comments Were… Absolutely preposterous! i am an 18 year old African American male that has a very broad vocabulary. To assume that President Obama is less of a NEGRO because of his complexion and his grammatically correct speaking, is definitely Politically incorrect , and shows that maybe the NEGRO, can conduct himself morally better, than Harry Reid.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  198. John

    Harry Reid's comments were ... accurate. Leave it to politicians to twist the truth into a racial slur. Barack Obama is a light-skinned person who does not speak with a Negro dialect. It is a fact. Now can we move on?

    January 11, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  199. Doug

    Harry Reid’s comments were what they were. Why read into what people say? Remove the emotional factors and ask, "was it accurate?" I don't know the whole context, but it seems we love to see heads roll in stead of redemption. People will only be equal when their racial sensitivities are equal. As a “light-skinned” person, I don't know what exact phrases hurt others.

    We do judge eachother by our speaking patterns reguardless of skin color. The phrase “Negro dialect" is an interesting choice of words. It reminds me of the time I heard the phrase, "he acks white." I feel blind (no offence to those who can't see).

    I guess we need to value those who are willing to learn.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  200. Evelyn

    Harry Reid's comments were unprofessional. He should've known better. He spoke his heart apology or not he met what he said.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  201. CB

    Good Morning Heidi,
    Harry Reids comments were:
    ....racist and in my humble opinion disrespectful to a sitting President.


    January 11, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  202. Douglas Irby

    Harry Reids comments were politically incorrect, but not necessarily racist.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  203. moby

    Harry Reid's comment were inappropriate but true. Bigotry is still alive and well.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  204. mlewis1969

    unfortunately, i think most male caucasoids feel this way about my race. most will deny it but we live it and know that it's true. its called the inferior complex.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  205. Kevin Lastovica

    ........TRUE. Why should a Senator be asked to step down because the comments he made were true?
    Regardless if they were sensitive to some racial-biasing press trying to blow things out of proportion or not. If the comments are/were true, what is the problem?

    January 11, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  206. Angela Harrison

    Harry Reid's comments were...swept under the table by the democrats. Had a Republican made the same comments the Democrats would be in an outrage. The fact of the matter is that the comment was accurate but could have been made in a more politically correct manner.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  207. genevaturnquist

    What he said is totally true. Isupported Obama totally/ Istilldo and I think he is doing Agreat job. The problem is the Republicans, they are against anything he says or does. They are hoping he doesn't get any thing done.


    January 11, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  208. Linda Milbourn

    This is pure politics.
    CNN should leave this coverage to the political commentators and cable shows.
    I am offended that that I can not escape this ridiculous coverage from a news network.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  209. JKJ

    Sen. Reid's comments were honest...seriously. I don't feel like the comment was insensitive either. I'm black and I've said the exact same thing, not because I have any ill will towards our President but because its a very real mentality in the black community. I don't care, either should you. Get over it.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  210. Steven B

    ...made by an intelligent individual who grew up in a time when accepted terminology was different. I still use terms that show my age, but not my ignorance. Knowing the context and or the source makes a huge difference. It was a book-like statement made in a Twitter-like world.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  211. Chuck Goodwin

    Correct in his analysis of Candidate Obama's ethnicity and physical attributes. The problem I have with it is that he would be the first to condemn anyone else that said this as a racist.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  212. Tucker Holmes

    He comments were true, PC or not.
    There is still a lot of racial tension in this country, and if Obama sounded like man in a rap video he would not have been elected.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  213. SPC Myers U.S. Army

    Harry Reid’s comments were "Honest. Its not often that our political representitive are honest, and say whats on their mind. He should be commeberated, not punished."

    January 11, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  214. Kitty

    made quite a while ago, accurate, and not racist. Since when is refering to someone's ethnicity or skin color racist? It is interesting to hear the Republicans getting all hot and bothered about political correctness. What a bunch of hypocrites!

    January 11, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  215. Colin

    ...are exactly why Barack had a chance to get elected. The opposite of segregation is integration which simply means you adapt to the environment around you. Barack look and acts like the rest of us which is why we accept him as a viable candidate. If he looked more like and acted exactly like many black Americans he would not be President.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  216. Mike

    Are factually correct.

    Obama is a light skinned black man.
    He has a moderate American accent that is not ethnically obvious.

    I don't see an issue here.

    Is it just because Harry made reference to Obama's race?

    January 11, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  217. Herman

    One man's opinion. If we are to start baiting topics with opinion,
    this will continue.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  218. Marianne

    Have we now reached the point were a fair assessment of a persons chances for election can not be made because we must first be politically correct? Enough is enough. I do not think Mr Reid meant any disrespect. I think he was giving an unbiased opinion on Mr Obama's chances considering all the factors. I am so very sick of the Republican Party right now. They seem to define themselves by what they are against ( apparently everything positive ) rather than what they are for ( it would seem only themselves and the rich ).

    January 11, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  219. Jerry Bello

    Offensive to ALL Americans. We are told the Senator will be judged by his deeds, yet his inner felings about minorities will go unpunished.
    Very bad and very wrong.
    We need healing, not divisive remarks and let us not be "bribed" by sheep in wolves' clothing. If we are to accept racial remarks while given the promise of a "hand-out" as forgiveness, than we never got away from slavery.
    Mr. Reed must go.

    Mr. B from NJ

    January 11, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  220. Ed

    So what is next for the GOP....can they find an associate that made unkind remarks about animals? gays?.

    I think the Republicans should give their seats to someone who would actually work for the betterment of our country instead of just aiming to destroy President Obama and his agenda.

    Has anyone heard any positive proposals from the lynch mob constituted as the GOP?

    January 11, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  221. Kim

    Harry Reid’s Comments Were… hypocritical. Are we surprised??

    January 11, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  222. Dan Kelly

    an expample of attitudes from long ago and probably slipped out at a time that Reid may have been in competion with Obama. our country has come along way with this type of issue and all americans have learned repect, Reid is probably a bit more "Old School"

    January 11, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  223. Tara

    Let's see “light-skinned” appearance would help him as a candidate, as would his speaking pattern “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” I'm white & voted for President Obama! Reid needs to step down with those types of outrageous racist remarks! AND if a President can only serve 2 terms then that should be the same for senate&reps – get these old farts out of Washington!!!! Tara

    January 11, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  224. Kitty Young

    ...not racist, just a reflection of political reality. we all know that there is prejudice–what a shame we cannot even talk about it. Reid was supporting Obama as a candidate and was just commenting on the realities of American politics. Republicans are total hypocrites.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  225. Ariane

    It was inappropriate. Even though the president forgave him, it doesn't make it right.
    Also, racism is far from over in the US and it is sad. Reid just said what some people were
    Already thinking. I am so tired of hearing about this non sense. No matter what, we are still
    Goiong to have those who do not know how to filter their thoughts. It's nice to know what
    People's real character is like though. The US has it's hand in everyone else's business when we
    Can't get it right at home. If everyone checks themselves we probably would not have so many

    January 11, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  226. daveK

    ......truthful and honest and quite frankly, not racial. "Negro" is racial?; what about Caucasian? Is that racial? No, of course not. It is a term no longer used but not derogatory. Also, African Americans sometimes DO have a particular accent and dialect that Caucasians do not have. Really people, get over yourselves. We have larger issues to be concerned about in this world.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  227. Jeff Caliendo

    Mr. Reid's comments are a sad reminder of the way people of his generation still view people of color. His comments perpetuate and maintain the gap between ethnic groups. It's time for him to pack up and step down.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  228. CW

    It took Reid a year and a half to apologize. and only because this book was coming out.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  229. Lisa

    Harry Reid's comments were ...outrageous, as was the thinking behind them. These words did not come out of thin air. They reflect an attitude..Consider the inverse of his comment–that a dark skinned black with a "negro dialect" would not be acceptable?

    It's interesting that Al Sharpton and the dems have suddenly gotten over their sensitivity to racially charged language.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  230. Jeannie Douglas

    not racist. Sadly, they were an accurate description of how too .many white people view things and Reid knew that

    January 11, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  231. Mark

    This is just another GOP distraction from the fact that they gave away the country to Wall street. I dont care about skin color, I am more worried that the wealthy run this country, and the rest of us are unchained slaves to their corpocracy. I am a white middle aged male, and I can honestly say I hate the greedy Wall street types more then I ever disliked anyone else for any reason.

    Lets not let the GOP divide and conquer, we have to fight on and hope when Pres Obama has his second term he will make those bigger changes we all voted for him to make.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  232. Steve Louis Houston, TX

    We are all capable of racist comments. I don't believe Senator Reid is some racist monster to be thrown out of office. He apologized, now let's get back to work. The Republican leadership sound like a bunch of whining children that can play "nice" with each other. Pathetic!

    January 11, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  233. Susan M.

    Who cares...I don't see president Obama as being that thin-skinned...Just making mountains out of molehills

    January 11, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  234. david shearer

    Senator Reid's comments were absolutely racist. He made this statement in response to a question as to whether Barrack OBama would be a good canditate to be elected President. Clearly his response did not remotely refer to OBama's education, experience, or knowlege.

    He even used the word negro instead of the currently acceptable term African American.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  235. Carl Cripe

    I think what H.Reid said is a moot point. I am more concerned about the darker side of the GOP as well as that of our population in general
    re child molestation. Google the above. Outrageous to say the least and no media outlet will focus on same.
    What a country folks.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  236. Susan

    ...appropriate. It was not spoken in a public speech or in an interview. We all know there are several dialects or intelligent levels of all races, not just blacks. Reid was not being racists at all, he was just stating the facts. These facts are the truth. And he wasn't making fun of negro talk. But the "Unless he wanted to have one" sounds like Obama could just start talking that way and we all know he doesn't speak that way at all.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  237. Jeff - Brooklyn

    The GOP needs something to throw Dems off message of proper health care reform. Once off message our nation will see a lame duck congress and in November 2010 we will vote the GOP back into the leadership role.

    Harry Reid was wrong but it was so long ago. He has demonstrated his willingness to work with Pres. Obama for the greater good. Reid should apologize on live tv and then get back to business.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  238. Jeep

    Harry Reid was just saying what everyone else was thinking. While I'm not a supporter of the left wing cause, the Democrats were looking for someone to WIN the Presidency, no more, no less. Reid should not be forced to step down. He does more harm than good in the party. Republicans should concentrate on getting their act together, vocally and financially support Scott Brown in Ma, and get on with stopping the Democrats in 2010.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  239. Jack Smith

    RACIST. Funny how a democrat being racist is okay but not a gop.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  240. Ulysses

    Harry Reid said no more than what we in the African American community had been saying. His only mistake was not realizing that comming from him it only perpetuates that kind of antiquated thinking.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  241. kenneth johnson

    Hey lets call it what it is & read beyond his words this man used the word Negro not Black or Africa American put a hood & sheet on this guy. this guy said what he meant & meant what he said lets just call a spade a spade. I tired of folks saying I'm sorry cause they got cought. President Obama need to start holding these people's feet to the fire for saying incendiary comments like this.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  242. Steve C

    Senator Reids comments are unfortunate. Unfortunate that a US Senator actually thinks like this in 2010. Unfortunate that his private life does not match his public life. Unfortunate that he can get away with this as one of America's most powerful politicians.

    It is also unfortunate that Obama and Sharpton let this run off their backs so easily. Their behavior is as sad as Reids and shows that their true motives are purely political despite all of their rhetoric about civil rights and equality. If Newt Gingritch had said anything like this he would be crucified as a racist.

    Reid is an embarrassment and should be called out by legitimate news organizations like CNN.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  243. BC

    Harry Reid's comments were racial - were probably practical concerning the topic of Sen. Obama being elected, but that doesn't make the comments "racist". How deep in the sand do we bury our heads to become "politically correct"?

    The Republican's have nothing to offer and continue to fall back on being mean and vindictive, as if those actions will solve our problems.


    January 11, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  244. Michelle Mc

    It is obvious that Reid made an indiligent unprofound comment, just goes to show that people say what they mean and do what they say. Welcome to politics 2010 as if we can't see transparency in political figures much less ourselves, so much for double-standards.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  245. CW

    Democrats excuses for Reid.
    He is old
    It was an "honest' remark

    Had Reid been a Republican Democrats would demand his resignation. Why the double standard? What do Democrats stand for?

    January 11, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  246. Sedric Bogan

    Sen.. Reid's comments were honest and candid. We must encourage more people to share their true feeling about race so that we may accurately address race issues. I was shocked that skin color is still a factor for some,but I feel his views represent the thoughts of many.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  247. David

    A poor choice of words, though after reading article and seeing rpt, we still need more context. Sort of insults intelligence of the electorate, but we see that in media sometimes–over generalizing does that. His apology is more than enough. What is stunning is how much of a story this becomes and trying to make a political football.

    On another topic, southern California looks beautiful.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  248. Jennifer

    Harry Reid's comments were more of a statement about what he thought of white America than what he thought of Barack Obama or African Americans. And the he is unfortunately, accurate.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  249. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Who cares about the old white mans remarks he said something stupid lets all get back on track were all freezing to death our children are going hungry over half our country's unemployed gas prices are on the rise all of this crap with Ried is a distraction from the real issues.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  250. Peggy S.

    One might expect someone in Mr. Reid's position to be able to express himself with a little more political correctness. However, what he did say was true. If Mr. Obama had dark skin and spoke like he was "straight out of the hood," he would never have gotten past the primaries.....IF he'd managed to be taken seriously enough to make it even that far. I'm black. And while dark skin would have in no way effected my vote, I can assure you I would never have voted for Mr. Obama if he'd come out talking like a rapper. How he might or might not speak in the privacy of home and family is his business, but when he is in Presidential mode different standards apply. And that holds true whether we're talking about the first black president or a good ole boy from Texas.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  251. Dan

    A good friend of mine explained the difference between someone who is prejudice and someone who is racist. It's the difference between ignorance and hatred. Yes, Reid's comments were prejudice but he apologized. He was forgiven. He is now less ignorant. Let's move on.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  252. Kenny

    True! As a black-American male, I know that being lighter-skinned and speaking "the Queen's English" has set me a part from the general stereotypical black male. Prior to the current President, the vast majority of articulate black males that we saw on TV were news anchors and even then, mainstream America didn't view them as typical of the majority of black males. With regards to the "light-skinned" thing, even in black families, many of us grew up with a grandmother or great-grandmother that played favorites to the lighter-skinned grandkids...I don't think it was fair but for some reason it happened.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  253. Darlene

    Harry Reids comments were typical of white people in America.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  254. Eugene

    Is not racist. I am African American and during the campaign friends and I discussed the fact that Obama having a white mother and grandparents made him much more palatable to white voters. What Harry Reid said is an unfortunate truth. I would have preferred that he had not used the word "Negro", but there are still many older people, African American and White, who still use the word. This year the Census Bureau will, unfortunately, use "Negro" in its survey. Does that mean that I am officially "Negro" again?

    January 11, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  255. Dawn Bollinger

    Harry Reid was speaking in private. Secondly, he was giving an assessment of a political candidate. He was pointing out pros and cons of the condidate. These comments were not racial slurs in any way. Let's get down to earth people.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  256. Joy Lewis

    Senator Reid expressed thoughts that were in most peoples' minds
    during the campaign. Senator Obama was the first African American to run for the Presidency of the United States. Yes, he like all candidates had to be intelligent and well spoken. As the first African American to run he certainly had a better chance because he is light skinned. Senator Reid's comment was NOT racist, it was an observation which anyone with common sense should realize. I am a democrat, I voted for President Obama and I believe he is an excellent President.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  257. Robert G Stanley

    As a Black American I can tell you that it has been a fact of life for as long as I have been alive that, light skinned blacks are viewed in a much more favorable light, then darker skinned Blacks even in our own community.
    I know sibblings that were treated differently by there parents based on there complextion. Is it racist? Yes. But in a twisted way Harry Reid had nothing to apologize for. It's a fact that we all know exists, but are too Cowardly to admit.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  258. Tom Thompson

    Harry Reid only spoke the truth, race relations move painfully slow in America. Could a dark-skinned african-american who speaks like Al Sharpton be elected president? I think not, at least not yet. Barack Obama is the Jackie Robinson of his time. Right man, right time, right place. So what was offensive in what Sen. Reid said? The word negro?

    January 11, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  259. Keanya

    The Truth. I must say that I am tired of just anyone determining what language is inappropriate to use to describe facts regarding Race in America and the opinion of individuals. I am so tired of Folks getting their panties in a bunch because Senator Reid told the Truth about Race in America in a personal statement. Many Blacks know that color and speech has long been considered more acceptable to White folks in America when it comes packaged like Our President it is apart of Black History stemming back as long as Slavery Let's Remember and pay attention to "The Brown Paper Bag." If a Black person was as light-skinned or lighter-skinned than a brown paper bag then that Black person was accepted by White folks and given more opportunities. Simply, I concur with the old saying "The Truth Hurts". It hurts Americans to face their unfair practices and racial inequalities. Its time for So-called Black Leaders and those who have something negative to say about Senators Reids comments to stop LYING to themselves and Others it Hurts us more than it Helps to keep on Lying. Tell The Truth.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  260. Mark

    Were...... the truth. The fact that the remarks were made quite some time ago and are just now surfacing in this book looks like a promo for the book more than anything. The frenzy over this is classic "much ado about nothing" that we see from the media week after week.

    It's no surprise that Reid rushed to apologize since that seems to be the PC thing to do even when you speak the truth. I don't think a Republican would have been given a pass by Al Sharpton.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  261. debvorah wall

    I feel for a Senator he does not even qualify for that position..Even though he apologized that does not excuse him why? this is why the Senate now cannot speak professionlly because of issues of being
    biasd. Get over it Reid, and whomever else is struggling with issues of being biased for whatever reason. Or you do not qualify being a representative of people. The President has been too forgiving being the commander in chief.
    This is real and God's will. We are people like
    you. Believe it.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  262. Sheldon

    Harry Reid's comments were insensitive, inappropriate, and demonstrates just how stuck in an earlier, racially prejudicial time even an individual in such a high office (4th in line from the Presidency) can be. What bothers me much more is the automatic forgiveness that Al Sharpton expressed relative to Reid's comments. It is clear to me that had Reid been a Republican, Sharpton would have been calling for his head.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  263. Jim Wilson

    Harry Reid's comments were accurate. They represent my thinking. What's the big deal? Oh my God, Obama's a Negro! Try not to notice. I get so sick of political correctness.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  264. Lawrence Levy

    Senator Reid's comments are: TRUE.
    Guess what? "post-racial America" is pure fantasy.
    America was so disgusted with GW, that Lucifer himself could have taken the election. But not if he spoke too jive, had his hat on sideways and his pants down below his behind.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  265. B.E. Joseph

    Oh Please!!! You can't actually believe he is anything other than a
    bigot. Just another doddering old fool - one of the many poster kids
    representative of everything that if wrong with this country.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  266. JODY K. DUNN

    HARRY REIDS COMMENTS WERE...not the best choice of words,but in the same respect not overly imflammatory either.i am not prejudice in any way,although i think all people harbor some form of prejudice against something or somebody regardless of how subdued or subconsciously it may's basically human nature and almost surely some type of ingrained survival instinct.with that said it was partly campaign asessment strategy analyzation observation,and partly the product of his life experiences.should he be reprimanded?absolutely.should he be crucified?no.people make mistakes including you.don't dwell on this.dwell on making AMERICA strong again,and let AMERICA be the benchmark by which other nations measure their progress.i would like to believe that AFRICAN AMERICANS were not incensed by his remarks,and i think all AMERICANS of all colors should make a truly concerted effort to nullify race as a pretext to judgement,and a prerequisite to life,liberty,and the pursuit of happiness.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  267. Solomon L. Lewis

    ...Harry Reid's comment were the true for those who still have the perception due the lack of conversation that has not taken place on race. We keep prolonging and prolonging this conversation hoping it goes away and it won't. We need to have that Nation conversation on...RACE.. and not presided over by Barrack Obama, he is just one story, We have not gotten over the past yet....We are making great progress, we haven't reached the post racial "America" yet.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  268. William Chornooky

    We are in a time when nobody can make a true statement without checking if it is politically, racially or ethnitically correct. It appears that some groups do not wish their dirty laundry to be made topics of written or oral statements. The true and honest statement which is rarely made by a politician and made by Reid was accurate. Obama is an excellent speaker secomd to few, he is also the fruit of a woman impregmated by a vanishing African man which resulted in a child with half white and half negro appearance. He was raised in a white environment and developed a traditional speach pattern of the white community as opposed if he had grown up in Harlem or the deep South. Reid recognized this and made a true assessment of the facts at the time. The problem with politics is that politicians distort or hide the facts to win the approval of their potential voters. If any obligation is asked of the voter it is not mentioned

    January 11, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  269. Rosalind Green

    Harry Reid spoke the literal truth. Everone knows whites are more comfortabe with lighter skinned black people. Even Black TV reporters are more likely not to be very dark skinned.This may be related to "white Privilege". This affects every aspect of Black peoples lives on a daily basis . We have to learn to live with it !!!

    Consider the Christmas day suspect:
    The young man's father may have been discounted when he tried to warn the CIA. He did not enjoy "WHITE PRIVILEGE". The official may have subconsciously viewed him as a father with a problem, instead of seeing this as a problem of American Security. The fact that he was a respected Nigerian banker did not give him the capacity to command the respect and consideration of the CIA officials who viewed him as a Nigerian with a Problem. There was not enough interest in him or his son.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  270. marie guzman

    right on the bulls eye ! We, All know that the truth hurts. get over it ! marie from texas

    January 11, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  271. Linda Milbourn

    I find this story more politics than news.
    Perhaps this is best covered by the commentators and cable shows.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  272. Dave

    Reid's comments only prolong our nation's progress with racial issues. As a young voter it sad that the people we are supposed to look up to, those who are our leaders seem to be the ones that consistently disappoint us.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  273. Joyce

    Sen. Reid's comment was not a racial slur as I see it. He was speaking honestly. I am part Indian and I do not mind being referred to as Indian or the color of my skin. There are republicans doing everything they can to upset the senate to prevent any votes on health care. I am an independant voter and this election has taught me," do not vote republican."

    January 11, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  274. Milton

    "Respectful", if u are someone of his age. At my age, I would replace the word in question, with "slang". Obama, himself, has been heard using slang. We all, at some point, have used some form of slang. Remember: teabagger, fist bump/pound. Urban slang is a part of all our lives, and it's only humorous to those under 40, when we hear older adults use words such as "Negro".

    January 11, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  275. Jim O'Bryan

    He shouldn't have said them and they were in bad form, but what exactly was untrue about what Reid said?

    January 11, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  276. gwensgal

    ...right on the money. Fact: a darker-skinned candidate would have been much less successful in a bid for the presidency, as would one who spoke chiefly in an African American dialect. These are no surprises. Charges of racism from the right are completely bogus on this. Furthermore, they only confuse the issue of what racism REALLY is. Speaking truthfully about race and how it works in U.S. society is not racism. However, using race to demean, devalue, or otherwise hurt someone IS racism. Reid made an astute, honest assessment of the American voting public; he did NOT cast aspersions on President Obama's race. Are conservatives that tin-eared and blind-eyed to the difference?

    January 11, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  277. Ray from Las Vegas

    I am not a fan of Harry Reid. But everyone knows what he said was true. Those that assail him are taking advantage of the situation and more to blame than anyone. For me, and I know it makes no difference, the Presidents, color and speach are very much less of a concern than his politics. Nice way to divert attention from more pressing issues.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  278. Mary Palmer

    Harry Reid's comments were honest. Our adult light-skinned, bi-racial daughter, who grew up with white parents in a family where standard English was spoken, does not like the double standard but realizes that she is automatically more accepted by the white business world than her darker-skinned friends who do not speak standard English.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  279. Dan Knight

    Why don't you talking heads get a life? Harry Reid said what the vast majority of white people were thinking at the time. I'm a life long Republican that voted for Obama as the Republican party left me no choice.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  280. Jean

    Please tell the republicans to move on,get over Harry Reid and think
    about the American people.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  281. Eric

    If you want to be in politics to be so sensitive I am tired of all the cry babies in politics. You need a thick skin. Soon you won't be able to say anything, it will offend someone somewhere

    January 11, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  282. Cookie

    Truth hurts

    January 11, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  283. john

    What a person says in private/off camera is indicative of how a person really feels – not what is said with a written script/teleprompter. Sen Reid should resign – if not – remove him.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  284. Doris

    the comments by harry reid are the true feelings that the dems have about obama. the only reason they nominated him was to keep the majority and power in our government. all the young and black votes is what they counted on. what a sad day in america when the foundation this country was build on was shaken. evil has taken over

    January 11, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  285. dave

    accurate, but totally inappropriate in this politically correct soceity.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  286. Sheriva

    it's the reality all African American men and women live with everyday.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  287. sandra

    What I don't understand is why do they feel the need to make comments like these anyway?

    January 11, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  288. Sunflower717

    Awkwardly stated, but grounded in the reality that African Americans face everyday. They were in no way as racially offensive as Trent Lott's comments. Republicans are way off base here.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  289. barbara

    Reid's comment was so NOT intelligent, so i don't feel I should address him as Mr. What does Pres. Obama's skin color have to do with anything. Reid is so back in time, I think he should step down and step down real fast.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  290. kristi

    insensitive and maybe pretty ignorant but definitely doesn't compare to what trent lott said! come on....
    kristi, south carolina

    January 11, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  291. James Gillum

    Just one more excuse for the Republicans to whine. When will these clowns stop pointing fingers and calling each other names when they should be working together to solve the countrie's problems.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  292. Lee

    unfortunately true. Why aren't we talking about why these comments are the truth and not why he made them? Why are we focusing on the superficial and not the underlying racism that exists in our society which makes his statement sadly true?

    January 11, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  293. Charlotte

    What Harry Reid said was the truth. I noticed President Obama talked different to a group that was 90% black. If he were very black I doubt he would have won. The fact that he was very smart didn't hurt his chances. We have come a long way but the truth is, we still have a ways to go. I think we have gone way too far in trying to be so corredt.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  294. Pat K.

    Harry Reid's comments were.......probably echoed in Republican backrooms throughout Washington. I don't believe the intent behind his words was negative, whereas Trent Lott's comments had some rather nasty implications. Apples and oranges. Senator Reid's apologies have been accepted. Others should just move on.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  295. patricia terpack

    Harry Reid's comments were truthful and accurate. Why can you not be truthful in the US without being racist. Potically correct is getting pretty stupid. We would rather let a plane blow up than to racial profile.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  296. Emanuel

    i didn't think the comment was harsh to blacks, but it should not have been said. Sen. reid should have known his statements would of been taken badly especially in this media age

    January 11, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  297. Ronn Greek

    Senator reids comments may be dumb' but what is interesting given the state of the country is theDemocrats and Republicans can't seem to get it. The Country has many critical needs from unemployment, to the economy in general and all they can do is act as if they were still in kindergarten(?)

    January 11, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  298. Eric

    Bad choice of words if you are a Democrat (regardless of color) and racist if a Republican had said it (regardless of color). Basically politics as usual.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  299. gustroh

    an understatement. He should have rubbed his head too!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  300. Arnold from IL

    Reid should not be forced to step down. He should step down because of his own embarrassment. How can we ever progress if our leaders are NOT LEADING by example.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  301. Dennis

    ...harsh reality. By the way, why is it that the fact that President Obama is half white is never mentioned. It seems we only want to focus on his African American roots. Is that not racist in itself?

    January 11, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  302. michelle

    an accurate assessment of why he believed the majority of Americans, many of whom are still somewhat racist, would be able to support Obama for president. . I agree with his assessment .

    January 11, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  303. n hargis

    Harry Reid's comments were badly chosen words to express a concept that should be obsolete – not his feelings – his support of civil rights speaks much louder of the man than this offensive expression.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  304. John and Linda

    Harry Reid's comments though "not politically correct" are both realistic and factual. The Republicans fear Harry Reid as a strong Democratic leader and would like to see him gone.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  305. lisa

    Yes he is showing his age with these comments. Not really polite to say outloud...but he did! But he said what lots of people think... Light skin = marketability!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  306. leta

    As an african american it did not bother me what Harry Reid said about Obama. It has always been this way in society,that the fair skin blacks move up. So it was no surprise, plus by his mother being white probably helped. This goes back to slavery where the fair skin black were house slaves and the darker skin black worked the field. Let's just move on to the real issues,like healthcare,jobs,housing!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  307. Angel

    is what people all over American said in their homes but yes it was inappropriate. I'm just glad he recognizes the ability of African Americans to code switch.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  308. Rodney

    Senato Reid's comments were accurate. Anyone taking offense simply is not willing to accept the truth in his statement.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  309. shirley

    Reid's comments were - TRUE

    The republicans are always hollering- double standard, but we dems have a long way to go to catch up with the garbage that comes out of their raciest mouths.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  310. Pam

    Pragmatic. Although not popular to discuss, it was an acknowledgment that to make the historical step of having an African-American President elected, he must be a persona that all could identify with, even those with continuing latent prejudices. Sometimes small steps must be taken, they add up to huge strides. I don't think it would matter if one were talking about a woman, a Hispanic, or any other group under-represented in the Executive Branch, the nominee must appeal to as many people as possible and be as "acceptably" mainstream as possible. This is just common sense. Unpleasant, yes, but reality. Hopefully some day the prejudices will not remain. There is a difference between acknowledging the existing reality and promoting it.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  311. David Gordon

    You Guys make a big deal out of things so small. I mean let it go everyone else has until you(CNN) keep bringing it up. You Guys do this all the time with the little things. You bring things up that were almost gone away just to pull attention to yourselves.
    I am from Texas and every I talk to feels the same way!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  312. Ron Buffington

    Harry Reid's comments are typical remember the hundreds of millions spent for visitors center because he could not stand the stench of visitors . Reid's arrogance matches or exceeds that of Obama. NO longer the governing party but the Ruling party.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  313. AL in Texas

    Make no mistake, Harry Reed's comments is his way of laying the ground work for distraction. Reed's game is one of distraction!
    He and his speaker of the House have made such a mockery of the of the United States and they are using he President for game play.
    Black Americans know old brother Harry Reed.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  314. Mick

    ...wrong, but not hateful like Trent Lott's comments and others'. He's apologized, apology accepted, and you should stop perpetuating the non-story. In addition, analysts on CNN have referenced a poll sponsored and reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal regarding Harry Reid's approval rating. Has anyone researched the validity of the poll? Do you understand that the Las Vegas Review Journal is the Fox News of newspapers?

    January 11, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  315. KEVIN

    I understand why someone would be upset, with such a comment, unfortunately truth hurts and thats what is going on. I believe its the least of our worries at this time. I believe there is a double standard on both sides and nitpicking is rediculous. I'm more concerned with statements and promises that are made, that are undeliverable. I believe the integrity of people are based on delivery, not promises. We should not be judged on our mistakes, but judged on how we fix our mistakes. We all make mistakes.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  316. Debora Berentsen

    I believe if our President can forgive Reeds poor choice of words who are we to keep it in the news. Don't we have more important things to worry about. We are at war, the economy is in the toilet, people have become homeless and we can only keep peoples poor choices of words in the news. I pray we will start concentrating on the much more important things going on in life.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  317. semaj griffin

    I feel that the republicans are in fact blowing things out of proportion. If the president was ok with an apology then that should be good enough. He wasn't elected to have his decisions contradicted

    January 11, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  318. David Hancock

    Harry Reid's comments were .........

    Entirely reasonable. They were a statement of his opinion on why could THIS particular African-American could be elected. How far does "Political Correctness" go? Where we can't discuss race at all?

    His comments, by the way, are a far cry from Trent Lott's comment that essentially the country would have been better off if we continued with segregation.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  319. Dr. Graves -Chicago

    Completly Unacceptable.... This is 2010 and All Politicians need to be held accountable for their actions...... Although he apologized for his comments and President Obama accepted..... I DO NOT!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  320. Jordan

    inappropriate, but i don't think anyone should be making as big a deal about it as they are making, because there was nothing wrong about the context of Reid's remark. It is clear that he was in support of Obama and still is. Sometimes people use the wrong words to explain something, but it is not necessarily intended to be offensive. People make too big a deal out of this stuff.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  321. Lee Coleman

    Harry Reid's comments were actually insightful and reflected the truth" for MANYolder white Americans in taking this historical political step. I heard some version of this sentiment often from whites and blacks. I fail to see it as racism per se but rather as an observatiom of political reality at the time. I must say that I can not remember the last time I was referred to as a Negro, but hey, I was born in the age of " Negro." Leave it to the Republican party of "if we can't be in power, we'll creat mess, messs, mess (regardless of it's impact on the country at this critical, vulnerable time) to block governance.... at any cost." This Harry Reid thing is a lot of sound and fury, signifying NOTHING!
    Lee ( Chicago)

    January 11, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  322. John Norris

    I'm concerned that our President is being distracted by such megar comments while he's in the middle of serious world business. Such antics suggest that Americans are no intouch with how important it is for citizens to follow and support the Leadership of their elected President. A President who was elected by counted votes no-less!
    What happen to "One Nation under God"?

    January 11, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  323. watani

    ...insensitive and ignorant. a lot more and sometimes worse was said during the presidential campaign. even some questionable comments said by michael steel (RNC chairman) and he hasn't stepped down nor was asked to. <<< now there's the story!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  324. Steve

    As an American of Black, White and Native American ancestry, I found the comment by Harry Reid to be unoffensive to Blacks or Americans, It was a statement of reality in mainstream American culture shared by many including Blacks who are over the age of forty.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  325. ebonitia

    Senator Reid's comments were neither inappropriate nor are they an embarrassment to his political party. They are not insensitive, "racial," remarks. Neither are they reflective of "times gone by."

    Michael Steele's need to make this an issue is an embarrassment to himself, and his mother. Senator Reid's comments were factual and in tune regarding the climate of this racist, sexist, capitalistic, color-struck society. He should not have had to apologize and he should not resign. I applaud the man. I hope he continues to speak truth to power.

    FACT – President Obama did stand a better chance of being elected because he is "light-skinned" and well-spoken. He also would not have been elected if he was married to a white woman, or if Michelle did not straighten her hair.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  326. Ron

    These ole goats get so out of touch that sooner or later there true personality comes out. Can the bum ,these people are suppse to repesent everyone . opps his true feelings came out ,give us a break.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  327. Elizabeth

    Very blunt, but certainly not racist. I am very pro Obama and it didn't bother me. What did bother me was when Harry Reid said he couldn't stand the stench of the visitors that come to Washington in the spring.
    The visitors help pay his salary and for that he should have been fired!!.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  328. Bobby

    Harry Reid comments were probably indicative of how the man thinks and how he really feels. The difference between what he said and some of the other remarks you quoted from others is that he knew why he was being interviewed so he certainly had time to think about his answer. To be it's the man that his true friends really know and what we saw in his comment was the meat of the pie instead of just the crust. And this man is one our most outstanding senators? Sort of like going to the movies and the best actor on the screen is Jim Nabors. And finally, since when does fried chicken and potatoe salad become an inappropriate remark? I am white and Southern and fried chicken and potatoe salad are pretty much stables at home and church events around my place – never knew it was a sterotype for black people – should I be offended too? It's amazing how you can stretch any comment from anyone and put it in a light that justifies a position.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  329. PJ

    ... honest! Both Blacks and Whites know this to be true. But political correctness these days demands that honesty should turn our society into mindless hypocrites.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  330. HT

    As Sen. Reid's comments were not what mainstream America wants to hear, they are in sync with what many thought and stated in private company. The fact here is not that what he said was wrong, but that much of American does not want to discuss the problems that still exist with race. This takes place in everyday in corporate America. The extremely smart, good looking , non-threatening African american, can succeed, and is often chosen over the more afro-centric option. The truth comes out in the facts. President Obama had to be almost a perfect man, to become President as an African- American. You cannot name any President that could match his family, spiritual, ethical, and political values.

    Reid was correct, when is America going to wake up and change the way we look at these matters, instead of criticizing and vilifying those that bring it to our attention.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  331. george clay

    what a number of non-black voters thought when they voted for him. Why do we seem to be surprised that Senator Reid said what many non-blacks considered but didn't vocalize. Race is still an issue in this country. Voters were considering what Reid vocalized and that same reasoning made it easier for those reluctant to vote for then Senator Obama because he's black.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  332. Arine Ward

    Everyone is so bent on having a say...don't stop now...Lets take this blog to a 1000 post by 1PM You can do it....its my Negro Dialect talking get it done doing what you do when you do, what you do, yanno Word!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  333. Beverly Cox

    Senator Reids comments were offensive even though I don't believe he was trying to be offensive. His words indicate how unaware white America is about how racism manifests itself. The question that should be asked is why a light skinned African American who speaks the "KIng's English" had a better chance of being elected President.
    What does a dark-skinned man who speaks "black" dialect mean to white American. The perceptions behind that image needs to be explored. Therein lies the depth of racism. The connotations of those kind of word is what white American needs to confront if they want to really deal with racism and irradicate it.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  334. John E. Hendrix

    Sen, Reid's comments were a reflection of white attitudes, not a statement against Obama. If he needs to apologize, it is to the whites. However, if we are not able to discuss our negative attitudes, we will never correct them. Political correctness keeps getting in the way of our ability to face our social problems. If handled correctly, Reid's comments could be helpful.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  335. Frank Jacob

    Harry Reid's remarks were merely the plain unvarnished truth, what is the big deal? They were by no means racist or insensitive unless you are maybe looking to make political hay out of the issue.

    Must we all now maintain that all black people speak like Harvard grads or CNN anchors or be deemed racists?

    The extent of political correctness in our society has reached sickening heights.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  336. Mike

    Harry Reid simply acknowledged that the President did not fit the stereotype and thus did not suffer from it at the voting booth. Given his age, the word "negro" was a polite and acceptable term, compared to the standards of speeh and attitude when he was a kid.

    When Wanda and other black American comics no longer use the much harsher "N" word humorously, because it is universally detestable, then perhaps the most offensive stereotypes will cease to be an influence. But if that same "N" word is used conversationally between black people, maybe we should just ignore the white people who think Reid was so offensive for a lesser "offense".

    I am 50 years old, and the word negro was used openly, in schools, polite company and in broadcasting. It was not used as a racial insult.
    If someone refers to me as "white" or fails to note my Irish ancenstry what?

    January 11, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  337. V

    We need racial profiling. Some races just need to speak English or go back to were they came from. Blacks can call themselves the n word and their music does too. I think they need to just deal with some name calling and move forward. I personally think the n word should be erasered completely. I am US born and I have lived in the deep South all my 45 yrs. The White House and our government needs to racial profile and have only 3 races in the USA, Native American, White and Black. Send all other races back to their homeland. Or if you can go back 3 generations of born Americans then you can stay. Bring our soldiers home and protect USA borders, not other countries.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  338. MichaelC

    Harry Reid's comments were no more or less patronizing than Trent Lott's, but the problem is the two faced double standard of the democratic party. Reid needs to step down just as Lott was forced to do, because if he does not, then I do not believe that any Republican should ever step down again over racially charged comments. What's good for the goose! I also do not believe that Al Sharpton should run to a microphone every time that a controversial comment is made about race. That antiquated pre civil rights mentality is not necessary in today's society.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  339. L. Ives

    Sen. Harry Reid’s comments were indicative of what many senior members of Congress think and say. They are supposedly intelligent and savvy politicians. They are supposedly leaders of our nation. So, what causes these older members of Congress to utter such stupid comments? It must be dementia or arrogance. Either way, we need to get rid of them. In fact, let’s vote all the incumbents out of office. Yes, his comments were racist. No question about that.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  340. Jon

    ...highly unwise. At his age, he should have known better!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  341. Lauren

    This exemplifies the hypocrisy of not only Democrats in Washington but African-American leaders such as the Al Sharpton and Hilary Shelton. It doesn’t seem to be a big deal to these leaders who would otherwise organize rallies to force a resignation if it was a non-Democrat who said it. This proves that it’s ok to be racially insensitive as long as you’re serving the Democratic agenda.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  342. Clifford Ward

    I wonder why all of the Republicans, especially Michael Steele were offended. He owes his position to the that very fact. He is articulate, somewhere in the middle as far as skin color is concerned, and the very fact that he was awarded the top spot in the Republican Party after Barack Obama was elected President is testimony to the fact that what Senator Reed spoke was the truth. I am a black man, and I've had this conversation with a friend of mine who grew up in Louisana ten years ago. He told me that lighter skinned blacks were favored by the whites that controlled the pursestrings in Louisiana. So Michael Steele needs to shut up!!!!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  343. Len

    A racial comment is not a Racist Slur unless it was intended to demean someone. Sen' Reid simply stated something that every American recognizes as a a fundamental truth, in an honest response to an evaluation of Pres' Obama's chances of becoming president. His intent was complimentary, and there aren't many ways to express what he said that would be "clinically", politically correct. Sen Reid has no history of racial insensitivity and is rather known as one of a few sober minded politicians. Some of the same NoPublicans who defended the NY Post's overtly racist Chimp debacle are now trying to create an issue hoping to score political points. Are we to believe the NoPubs are really offended for Pres Obama ? How about them getting ahead of the real story, "offering America, a completely unprepared Sarah Palin as a prospect to be a heartbeat away from the toughest political job in the world – during one of history's most difficult periods".

    January 11, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  344. John and Linda

    We are thoroughly disgusted with the media's mindless pursuit (and unfortunately, this is true of CNN more & more) of the trivial and CONTROVERSIAL. Where is the real NEWS being covered? We spend more time watching PBS because of less commercials and more attention to hard news. The media has become "ambulance chasers" instead of "investigative reporters" and therefore less accountable, believable and important. They choose to influence public opinion rather than inform the public about events all around the world. We are starving for real information on our world, and other cultures and except for the occasional "special" are kept in a negative, dummed down state of advertising overload and endless repetition of sensationalized topics. HELP! Or We're tuning OUT! John & Linda

    January 11, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  345. Tory Brown

    Harry Reids comments were: what we (black people) have been saying and dealing with for a long time. Pres. Obama is palatable and easy for the general populous (White America) to digest. This is still a systematically racist society. We take the success of the "exceptions" to the rule, & attempt to use that as an overview of the general climate of racial tolerance. Maybe you should reference/research a few books and movies. I.e.:

    "School Daze"
    "The Human Stain"
    "An Imitation of Life"
    "Good Hair"

    "Black Women in America"
    "Life and Labor in the Old South"
    "Savage Inequalities"
    "Plural but Equal, Blacks and minorities in America's plural society"
    "Slavery Remembered, A record of twentieth century
    slave narratives."
    "Without Sanctuary"

    I believe that Harry Reid was not being intentionally malicious. He merely spoke (out loud, but in a private forum) an unfortunate truth.

    -Tory Brown

    January 11, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  346. Lynne Cohen

    Harry Reid's comments were graceless but who can deny that he described political reality? Recognizing racism is not itself racist.
    But Trent Lott's comment seemed to reflect the racism of the speaker:
    we would have been better off with a strong segregationist as president–why? The implication seems to be that the civil rights movement should have been squelched and Jim Crow perpetuated.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  347. Helena Jackson

    I don't see senator Reid's comments as racist. He merely made an observation with no ill intent. Now this is used politically... Politics is a game full of twists and turns....Those who make a fuss about this are only trying to downgrade...our (wonderful) President!
    (I am myself an immigrant from Sweden, now an American citizen.
    I grew up in a society where we could speak freely about races as a matter of difference, like cold or hot weather...
    I feel Americans are too sensitive about certain things... I (an elegant older wealthy woman ) have been yelled at and called foreigner as a bad word... trying to downgrade and demean me ..
    My spot in lines has been taken because... "I was a foreigner"...I haven't felt bad about me in any way because of this... only sorry for the stupidity that exists...)

    January 11, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  348. Mike Adler

    Sen. Harry Reid's comments were no more racist than comments by black leaders at the time who said of Obama "Is he black enough?".

    Cottage Grove, MN

    January 11, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  349. Flora

    ...racially offensive in this day and age from someone in the political position of Speaker of the House. Speaker Reid's reasoning is what led to the breeding of slaves in the U.S. to have "light-skin" blacks be more acceptable than "darker skin" blacks and create discourse in the African American community with a group system based upon skin color. He should resign...there is nothing else to do after showing his mindset. The Democratic Party is showing a double's nothing else. Step down as Speaker Trent Lott did and let us move on to working on America's issues.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  350. Penny

    Eric January 11th, 2010 9:27 am ET

    Harry Reid’s comments were right on. Face it, if Obama came out like acting like a ‘gangsta rapper’, no one would have voted for him.

    Your comments maybe true, but isn't that considered a form of profiling?

    January 11, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  351. Talena

    I think his apology should be fine with us if Obama accepted it. He may have been ignorant in saying it, but there was no bad intention behind it. He was simply saying Obama could be embraced across the board regardless because he has enough characteristics to portray him as a "renaissance" man of sorts and not limited to any racial barriers or stereotypes. Bad choice of words on his part.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  352. Fran Clark

    Please! Who are we fooling, and why is there so much blatant hypocrisy amongst us? Reprimanded for speaking the truth??? Reid's comments were "racial" but not "necessarily" racist. I can appreciate the sensitivity concerning statements of race, but tell there not a "standard" for America? "I" certainly would not support ANY political figure of ANY race that did not speak English appropriately and without ethnic dialect. It is personally offensive and inappropriate for the political or business arena. Regarding Obama's light skin", Reid's statement was frighteningly accurate. To this end, America has not yet arrived. The color of one's skin STILL, in 2010, has an influence on how they are perceived. As a PROUD African-AMERICAN woman, I pray for the day that the color factor is no longer. Maybe not in MY lifetime, but it is my belief, optimistically, in the next generation or two, it will "die off."

    January 11, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  353. Talena

    I just wonder if the quotes would have gotten blown this far out of proportion had someone like Colin Powell said them? You know they wouldn't have...such a huge double standard in this country when it comes to such petty nonsense.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  354. Shanker Bhat

    I don't think he should resign for the politicaly incorrect comment he made about our President. .If we take revenge and ask everybody to resign for the comments he or she made privately there won't be anybody left in the govt. to manage the country's affairs. I believe it was Mahathma Gandhi who said "an eye for an eye will leave the whole world Blind"
    Harry Ried has apologised to the President for what he thought was a back handed compliment. and the President has accepted his apology. Let us move on .
    Shanker Bhat

    January 11, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  355. Marilyn Fisher

    I am an 82 year old Nevadan, person of color, registered
    democrat and a solid supporter of Senator Harry Reid. He is a
    good man, who does his best for not only his Nevada constiuents,
    but all people. Nevadans need to wake up and realize that as
    Majority leader he is our best hope for any good that can come out
    of Congress. The public should be angry at the party of NO, who
    have nothing for anyone, and Dick and Liz Cheney, who are closet
    Racost. Also leave Bill Clinton alone.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  356. Guy Gatewood

    If we want racism to go away we need to quit making such a big deal out of remarks made, however, don't make a double standard. Unfortunately, liberals want to make it that way. That is how they get elected. They don,t want there group running this country to get egg on there face.
    Why don,t they go to the White House and have a beer?

    January 11, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  357. Patricia Toatley

    Harry Reid's comments about skin color and mode of dialect may be inappropriate for today, but there are still many people–white AND SOME BLACKS that still think this way. I had a black student in my class tell me that I talk like I'm white. I believe these thoughtless comments are based on the environment the person grew up in and his/her associations.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  358. Lisa

    The last time I checked we live in the United States of America… so therefore under the first amendment he has the right to speech. There are many men and women dying everyday to uphold that right. As far as I am concerned the Harry Reid said was true so why should he have to apologies. If it was that offensive then I feel that the only one that he has to apologies to is the President and no one else… If the President forgives him then it is over. The statement was made in 2008 so why now almost 2 years later is it a big deal. Also, If the statement was so offensive, then why it was published in a book? Why is the author of the book not being ridiculed for repeating it?

    January 11, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  359. Paul

    Reid's comments were exactly true! Tony Harris you and I are the exact same hue of brown and we both know exactly what Reid said is true. Reid's comments may be shocking for whites to hear but every black person knows that if Obama were as dark as me he would not be the President today.

    January 11, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  360. John Norris

    This whole Harry Reid thing is a tatic to offend the Present Administration under the Leadership of President Obama.
    I'm 60 years old. My mom grew up as a "Negro". I grew up as a "Black". My grand kids are growing as "African Americans". When will we be called what we truely are, "HUMAN BEINGS"? America has a race issue and it needs to end now! I've had family members who fought and died in every war this Country has been in. There is no RACE issue when it comes to fighting for this Country. Let's confront the Race issue and put an end to this shame of America once and for all!

    January 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  361. Nolan

    Harry Reid’s comments were…a reflection of his life and the life of many in America. The question should be: "Why do Negro's have a dialect?" Blacks in Europe do not have a "black dialect" because they were educated in the same manner as everyone else. To blame negro's for their dialect would be the same as to blame immgrants for their hispanics of their accent's.

    In America, Blacks were left behind to learn without proper teaching and training. The "Negro Dialect" that blacks are being blamed for was created by the white system.

    President Obama was able to avoid the traps of the system.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  362. Joslyn

    Harry Reids comments were neither good nor noble. He should be forced to leave the Senate. He released a book in Feb. of 2009 called the Good Fight. I read it but I will read this one. It describes his humble bringing in Nevada is good character to get there. In that book, he decribes himself as a totally differnt person than he does today. Nevada and Arizonia are filled with Native Americans who in the world would say Injun. That is awful and completely bigoted. He is not a good fighter for the state of Nevada or America and he surely needs to go. It is a paradox by is own doing. Give him the axe!

    January 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  363. Eman

    Senater Reid,Is just sending out the signals to the other like minded under cover racist in America.specialy REPUBLICANS.

    January 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  364. Jane - WI

    I personally don't find Harry Reid's comments to be offensive. However, I also didn't find Trent Lott, George Allen, or Rush Limbaugh's comments about Donovan McNabb to be offensive. What I do object to is the double standard of the liberals and their media allies. George allen was basically driven out of politics because of a single word - macaca - a word that 3/4 of the country didn't know what it meant until the media pounded the story for weeks on end. If, as Democrats have said, Harry Reid's comments were truthful, why weren't Rush Limbaugh's comments about Donovan McNabb also truthful?
    Hypocrisy is written all over this story. Rather than having a discussion of race when Republicans make comments, the media focuses solely on demonizing them.

    January 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  365. Andrew Borton

    Bryon Pitts
    I don't understand racism but since moving to Modesto in April
    I see it, and have lost old friends due to the fact that some words are not welcome in my home.
    White, Black, Brown, don't they understand, we can have some great meals together!

    January 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  366. Jane - WI

    I love how some are defending Harry Reid and his comments today. I wonder how many of you posters who claim this is no big deal would be saying the same thing if Dick Cheney, Mitch McConnell, or some other Republican official had made the comments?
    also, why all the focus on this and little on the comment made by Bill Clinton to Ted Kennedy about Barack obama serving coffee just a few years ago?

    January 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  367. John Acocks

    The Senate Majority Leader's comment, whether we liked it or not, probably was true in the fact that he Obama attracted voters by speaking more like a mainstream American. It worked for me.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  368. BenSr

    To be honest, I voted for Obama because of his mix race. I felt he could understand both sides, being that he's lived with in both cultures.I feel Reid wrote what he was trying to say wrong. Tell me something, Why is the black side of Obama always being capitilized? It seems that no one ever talks about him also being white, raised by white folks. I feel the discrimnation is that his white half is never taken in concideration. It's always Our first Black President.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  369. Brenda

    Where is the outrage by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton– my goodness if this was a Republican that uttered these words- Jackson and Sharpton would be all over the news demanding that heads roll. What a double standard they stand for.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  370. Darin in Illinois

    I am an African American male and I really didn't find it offensive in what Mr. Reid said. It only showed what he felt at that moment and if he feels the same now, I really don't care. I don't find it beneficial for President Obama to hold a press conference about race every time someone says something that they find offensive. We are all adults who shouldn't be so emotionally charged over race. There are for more things that are way more important to discuss. Race, wow, grow up folks, some people's minds are so locked on ignorance rather than progressive movement. Llke President Obama said, the man made a mistake, he's a good man, so why don't we learn to focus on something more beneficial to the country as a whole.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  371. paula

    I think Harry Reid said the truth, sad as it is. That said, what I'd really like to know is will there ever come a time when people stop judging others by the color of their skin?
    We as a country & individually are doing ourselves a great disservice by continuing this degrading behavior.
    Imagine what we could learn from others if we would allow ourselves to open our minds & look a little deeper into others.
    There is no superior race! People have been deluded by this fallacy for centuries & we are just killing ourselves with this thought pattern.
    Take away the skin and all you have are veins, capillaries, muscles, bones, tendons, arteries etc. They are all the same color in each individual. Why do we continue to shoot ourselves in the feet with this sorry attitude that one race is better than or superior to another?
    Let's talk about why blacks & others of another race are hated by some of other races. I would really like to know the answer to that question. Really.

    January 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  372. Fred - Illinois

    Offended by Senator Harry Reid’s reference to President Obama as “Negro” and the term itself, then check the 2010 Census Form. It has been decades since this term has been used in reference to African-Americans. Senator Reid reference to the President Obama’s “light-skinned” appearance would help him as a candidate, as would his speaking pattern “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Gleaming between the lines, what does Senator Reid seeming to be saying? First, if you are “dark-skinned” then you are unelectable to the Presidency. (2) If you speak “with a Negro dialect” then you are also unelectable. But he (President Obama) can decide when, where, and how he chooses to speak with a Negro dialect, depending on the audience. On the one hand, Senator Reid was praising and supporting his Presidency. On the other, he makes it very clear that one cannot win the Presidency if you posses the two opposite characteristics. I’ve listened attentively to each address/speech President Obama has made and have been electrified by his oratorical abilities. The citations of his many contributions are numerous and because they are so extensive, proponents of Senator Reid are suggesting he be given a pass. Issues involving race, particularly when the words speak for themselves, must be handled in a consistent manner. You don’t simply give a pass when it is politically expedient, but the same principal must also apply, irrespective of the political party, when it is politically un-expedient to do so.

    January 11, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  373. paula

    Can we stop with the hypocrisies, & pretenses that everything is rosy when America has a serious problem. Hating others on the superficial grounds of the color of the skin.
    Its a heart issue that needs some serious analysis, & purging out..
    The other day I was called out of my name in a public store for reasons I know not why, I put it down to racism. The person knew nothing about me except what I appeared to be on the outside. The rush to judgment while others are before us shows the foolishness of our illogical behavior.

    January 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  374. dlite

    CNN shud stop makin a big deal out of dis.i tink he has d rite 2 say watever.infact he's 1 honest american.he said it n asked 4 forgiveness.dis country is filled wit hypocritical politicians-dose who praise d president publicly n curse him african american n dis is not new.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:36 pm |
  375. Elizabeth

    As Obama said "inartful." Let's turn to real issues, let Obama deal with them, and as he and other blacks succeed, race will become the nonissue that it should be.

    January 12, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  376. Scott Stodden

    Nothing but the truth plain and simple and that is that President Obama doesn't speak like regular black people in this country speak and that's what would help him win elections. This is not racist, its not hateful, its just the truth so leave Harry alone and let him do his job because he's a good Senator and doesn't have a racist bone in his body. This comment is being taken way out of context by the media, Michael Steele and the Republican's in order to gain more seats in the Senate stop the madness.

    Scott Stodden
    (Freeport, Illinois)

    January 12, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  377. ken

    Right on. The 2010 census has negro listed as a race choice, the negro college fund is still in existence, and listen to bet is you want to hear negro dialect.

    January 12, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  378. carla

    We are tired of the race card God made every one equal when i went to church we you to sang a song it went like this Jesus loves the little children all the little children of the world red and yellow black and white they are precious in his sight. haven't you ever heard that song. I think people ought to read their Bible more . and quit trying to say we are racist.

    January 12, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  379. Glo

    Enough already. Mr Reid said nothing offensive. This issue is just the thing to keep blacks and whites divided. President Obama, tell the country to get over it.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  380. stormy lady

    Outdated Remarks. The President has been the punching bag for every racist joke, ignorant, stupid remarks and racist comments, even blamed for a preacher's sermon in Chicago. that went on forever. He can't trust security for WHITE house events, why, he is critized by black, whites and all the above, everybody. He is polled excessively, every minute, daily, never seen so much president media scrunity, F report cards, even Palin is asked her grade for the president..she gave him a D She can't even pronounce the Vice President's name, knows nothing about the world we live in. The President is a strong, patience man to endure all that he has encounted in one year and during the campaign for election. Rev. Jackson attacked him, Clinton, Bob Johnson BET, republicans, dixie democrats, blue dogs, tea party, birthers and FOX haters, bigots, racists.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  381. James Brown

    i think this is a crazy topic and Harry Reid is doing what we all do. as blacks as latinos as whites as messed up people. we have been conditioned to except it because in the south is a slave mentality and is the north is the run away slaves. i grew up to racism, my mother had crosses burned in her yard, cops just said she should move. every time i seen racism growing up it was pushed away and thats what was taught to white people and blacks. it was always about "be like us or you cant succeed!" thats why i talk white to get a job and hate it but in order to fit in and be succesful i have to do the robot walk be like them. who made these rules white people so i understand when people tell me im talking white any identity that we had as people was stripped from us, so our children dont like each other, our race doesnt trust each other, and as blacks we cant unite until we have the identity that was taken returned. we are nothing with out it we were raised to be like them in the text books in life and thats the american way. i spent time with white men and women and it's either in bedded, or they hate there ancestors for it. yes obama is light skinned and what Harry reid said is true, but why complain and make all of this noise over every time white people just be themselves. who decided that black cats is bad luck, bad guys were black and white is pure? we all do bad things as a race and until we can move past race and realize god made man in his own image we will always have this happen and everyone will have something to say while the nation is being taken over. and for the record i am chocolate brown and i dont have ancestor in africa i was born in the U.S.A and so was my parents and there parents and there parents were indians but i only can circle African American. whew! we got a lot of work to do.

    January 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  382. James Brown

    excuse my punctuation, i was really bothered by this!

    January 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  383. Betty Townsend

    Why does CNN. make issues on trivia gossip?

    January 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
  384. Dodie

    Ah, this is nothing but a smoke screen… a distraction to discredit Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid! We need to ask ourselves: Why this? Why now? Why not last year when he made the antiquated comment? The Americans are taking the bait!

    My question is: What is happening now that one must discredit Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid? The Republicans have requested Reid to step down as majority leader, a move that would undermine his Nevada re-election. Reid has been the point man for the past year in trying to pass Obama's legislative program through the Senate, Any change in leadership would be felt immediately in the drive to win the final passage for health care legislation. Can anyone see the underlying issue here?

    My humble opinion: The republicans do not want the final sign off of the health care legislation; therefore, they were looking for anything hey could use to discredit Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The media is completely submerged in the propaganda and the American public is falling for it!

    January 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm |