We shine because they hate us,
floss cause they degrade us,
we trying to buy back our 40 acres.
And for that paper look how low we'll stoop,
even if you in a Benz you still a nigga in a coupe.

~ Kanye West "Self Conscious"

An explosive excerpt from a much-awaited book about U.S. president Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign threatens to jeopardize Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's political career.

In the book, which goes on sale Monday, the Senator from Nevada called Barack Obama a "light-skinned" African-American who lacked a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

The book, “Game Change” was written by Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann

Excerpts from the book were posted on a right wing website Saturday morning, and all hail broke loose on the hill and in the White House.

In a controlled panic, Reid telephoned Obama on Saturday offering his apologies and also reached out to any high profile black politician he could find to defend him.

Obama accepted Reid's apology and declared the case closed. But others expressed surprise and dismay that Reid could so foolishly utter his racist remarks in the presence of a Time magazine writer.

“This is definitely not a fight that we want to be having,” said a Reid backer. This source described himself as “stunned that [Reid] could have said something so stupid to a reporter. It’s just kind of mind-boggling.”


  • missmiami

    :rolleyes: Unacceptable but nothing new. Anyway, :party: where are you yeezy????????

  • Anna

    Isn't this just someones opinion? Bill Clinton once said that Obama is someone that should be serving coffee in "The White House". Hillary Clinton did not want to take the seat as "Sec of State", because she knew she couldn't control her hubby if she had a job at "The White House". "Sticks and Stones".

  • ashnic23

    If a republican had said this, everyone would be calling for his head. Funny how being a "democrat" gives these politicians a pass.:rolleyes: I dont care what party he is in, he needs to be gone. He is only apologizing because its out now. He meant it. lol, and anyone that tries to defend him knows he truly meant what he said.

  • https://sandrarose.com Ms.kaylamomma

    ashnic23 Says:

    If a republican had said this, everyone would be calling for his head. Funny how being a “democrat” gives these politicians a pass.

    :cosign: was going to say the same thing.

  • Mahogany03

    That Kanye quote was perfect.

  • Bri

    Ignorance at its finest. Kanye shoulda interrupted his press conference... :hurl:

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    No matter how educated, light you complexio, social economic status - still a nigga.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom


  • Quitta

    Yeah I heard this mess. >:( Of course they try to clear things up and now say it was supposed to be a “compliment” to Obama. These folks are full of sh*t.

    Mahogany03 Says:

    That Kanye quote was perfect.
    Yes I agree.

    Good morning all.

  • LadyLew

    I would like to see the whole quote. What they were talking about and exactly why he said it

  • http://dahoneyhive.blogspot.com ryand91

    Actually those lyrics are from "All Falls Down" by Kanye West.

    As far as those comments it doesn't surprise me. But Senator Reid didn't say anything I hadn't heard from within the African-American community so it didn't even make me mad.

  • SouthernPrincess

    I have heard some black people say the same thing.
    His comment was nothing to get your panties in a bunch over in my opinon.

    >>>>AttorneyMom, I see you are back from your health hiatius, stay healthy soror! :smile:

  • NubianJ

    What did he say wrong? :shrugs:

  • PAHairston

    Hello All. There's an old racist joke that goes like this: When does a black man become a ni@@er? When he leaves the room. Negro dialect? I'll bet a week's paycheck that Senator Reid meant or actually "ni@@er dialect". After all, who uses this outdated word today? And he ain't even from the south, he's from Nevada, for Christ sake. Truth be told, most white Republicans nor white Democrats have much love for black Americans and truth be told, we don't have much love for ourselves. And these hard times are only going to get worse. How many wake-up calls do we need? I'm just saying, for what it's worth. Peace.

  • Mahogany03

    NubianJ Says:

    What did he say wrong? :shrugs:


    I believe he was trying to say that if Obama had been dark skinned and talked with a "negro dialect", he wouldn't have been nominated.

    Both blacks and whites have discussed the role Obama's skin tone played in the election, but Reid ticked me off with the "negro dialect" comment :mad:

  • PAHairston

    For the record, Democratic leader Senator Harry Reid said before Obama was elected: America is really for a light-skinned African American who has no Negro dialect unless he wants to use one.

  • PAHairston

    That's "America is ready" not really, sorry, typing way too fast for my thoughts...

  • Kat

    :surprised: *shaking my head*

  • DownSouthZeta

    White folks, no matter what their political affiliation have pre-conceived notions about African-Americans. In giving this issue so much shine, it allows us to take our eyes off the important issues.

  • LadyLew

    PAHairston Says:
    For the record, Democratic leader Senator Harry Reid said before Obama was elected: America is ready for a light-skinned African American who has no Negro dialect unless he wants to use one.

    OK now knowing the whole statement it seems VERY racist. He should have just said America was ready for Obama

  • LadyLioness

    Come on people. You're doing exactly what they hoped for...creating buzz for this book. Just shows how they enjoy using these "buzz" words to get the attention and controversy they need to sell stuff. :coffee:

  • ro

    OBAMA is the smartest prez we will ever have! Of course you will hear some white folks say bad things about our black prez. Look at sandra rose! she calls black people who support him kool-aide drinkers! Well the kool-aide fine! And it got just the right amount of sugar in it sandra rose and all the other HATERS of our black prez!

  • talldrink

    @attorneymom- You are dead right!!!

  • starr2910

    that quote is from all falls down..and whatever..ppl are gonna say what they want..OBama doesn't get a free pass..he knows becoming Prez involves welcoming both negativity and positivity..look @ all the sh.it Bush had to take and Obama hasn't even gotten as much hate as Bush yet..he still has 3 more yrs left of it..Harry Reid should have stuck with what he said..what's the point of backtracking? he said it cuz he meant it..and he's not the only one..