'Black Geniuses' Remark is OK

Geraldo's comment on Fox is 'refreshing,' scribe writes in Post
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2008 6:30 PM CST
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, speaks to the media with District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty, after the mayor announced his endorsement of Obama's 2008 presidential bid in Washington on Tuesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The presidential race is so odd that Geraldo Rivera has pondered "black geniuses" on Fox—which was “absurd in a way that’s new and refreshing," Eugene Robinson writes in the Washington Post. Rivera was talking about Barack Obama and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick last week on "Fox and Friends" when he said, "It's almost as if they went to a camp where these black geniuses got together," Rivera said.

Race relations must be improving if a conservative TV crowd is hearing about African American success, outside of sports, drugs, and prison, Robinson writes. As for Geraldo’s conspiratorial tone, Robinson—who is African American—concludes: “I'd rather have the cab driver wondering if I'm secretly plotting world domination than thinking I'm about to mug him.”