Light-Skindedness

Just because you and another person have similar views about a topic or two doesn’t mean that the person isn’t necessarily “the enemy.” And sometimes, even if you don’t like the fact, the enemy tells the truth. Salt in wounds always tends to burn a little more when your enemy put it there. What am I talking about? Senator Harry Reid‘s comments that seem to have everyone in an uproar. The Senate Democratic leader described President Barack Obama in a private conversation that made its way to a book as “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Isn’t that what many of us (particularly black folks) have been saying about the president since he was elected? Isn’t that typically how the game works? And Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican national committee, is calling for Reid to resign. He doesn’t think a black-man hater should hold public office. (Double standard much?) This is all quite confusing to me. Probably because I’m black; blackness clouds reasoning capacities.

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~ by MsInklination on January 12, 2010.

2 Responses to “Light-Skindedness”

  1. I agree with Locs, a lot of people don’t want to cause a scene until their feathers become ruffled even though they were thinking the same thing. When someone who isn’t on the inside says it, clutch your pearls and prepare for war. Let’s be real here, we’ve all had discussion like this if not the same one. Is it wrong when we do it? YES, but we do it anyway.We need to accept him for who he is and not for being who we feel he should be and cease with these double standards.

  2. “Isn’t that what many of us (particularly black folks) have been saying about the president since he was elected? Isn’t that typically how the game works?”

    That’s what I thought when I first heard all the drama they’re creating about Reid’s comment.

    How many times have we heard, “Oh, so YOU can say that, but I can’t?”

    It seems the truth hurts/offends more when someone else says it.

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