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Forget 'Negro' and 'Black,' Bring Back 'Colored'

Reid affair offers opportunity to rethink terms for black Americans

(Newser) - The controversy over Harry Reid's use of the word "negro," along with its inclusion in US census forms, has opened up a chance to settle the debate over what black Americans should call themselves once and for all, Cord Jefferson writes at The Root , suggesting "colored" be... More »

GOP: Stop Playing the Race Card, It's a Dem Sham

Steele shouldn't be playing the Democrats' game

(Newser) - Harry Reid deserves all the grief he's getting for his gaffe but the Republicans should have resisted the temptation to play the race card, writes Jonah Goldberg. Michael Steele is right when he says the Democrats have double standards on racism, but calling for Reid to resign will ensure the... More »

Rush Limbaugh Steps Into 'Negro' Fray

Says, 'It was negroes that brought Ted Kennedy his booze'

(Newser) - The word negro hasn't seen this much action in years, but Rush Limbaugh last night joined Harry Reid in resuscitating the term—with a little speaking ill of the dead thrown in for good measure. Discussing the 2008 presidential campaign on his radio show last night, Limbaugh jumped into the... More »

Reid Apologizes Again for 'Choice of Words'

Senator sorry for 'Negro' remark

(Newser) - Harry Reid apologized again this afternoon for comments he made about Barack Obama in the early days of the presidential campaign, acknowledging that he "could have used a better choice of words" in evaluating Obama's prospects. "I've apologized to the president. I've apologized to everyone that, within the... More »

Gaffe May Sink Reid in Nevada

Majority leader can't afford to lose any black voters in 2010

(Newser) - Harry Reid’s already shaky reelection prospects just got a whole lot shakier, thanks to his observations on Barack Obama’s skin color. Reid isn’t facing a strong Republican opponent, but he’s been behind in the polls for a while now anyway, notes Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com... More »

Flip-Flopping Steele Backed Lott in '02

RNC chair didn't call for resignation over racial comments

(Newser) - If Michael Steele truly thinks Harry Reid’s current situation is similar to Trent Lott’s, he should be pushing for Reid to stay as Senate majority leader. But since he’s not, he’s flip-flopping, Mike Allen writes in Politico . In 2002, Maryland's newly elected lieutenant governor weighed in... More »

Reid Won't Be Ousted Over 'Negro' Remark

GOP critics are conducting a partisan witchhunt, advisers say

(Newser) - Harry Reid won’t heed Republican calls to step down as majority leader following the revelation that he used some decidedly politically incorrect language to talk about Barack Obama. Reid feels he’s shored up support on the left, senior advisers tell Politico , meaning he can depict the attack launched... More »

It's Not Reid Who Needs to Apologize—It's Steele

Comparing majority leader to Trent Lott is offensive

(Newser) - OK, using the term Negro was seriously last century, writes Sandy Banks, but Harry Reid didn't say anything bigoted or anything African Americans don't know to be true when he essentially said if "you're black, it is easier in this country to be light-skinned." He apologized for offending... More »

RNC's Steele to Reid: Step Down

Romer on Wall Street bonuses: 'For heaven's sake, people'

(Newser) - Harry Reid has put his foot squarely in his mouth with quotes about President Obama's lack of "Negro dialect," and Michael Steele would like him to take it out long enough to say, "I quit." "Remember this is a leader who only a few weeks... More »

Reid Apologizes for 'No Negro Dialect' Remark

He gave an unfortunate appraisal of candidate Obama

(Newser) - Harry Reid apologized today for his "poor choice of words" in 2008 when he said candidate Barack Obama had a chance to win because he was "light-skinned" and had "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Reid made the comments privately, but they're coming... More »

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