Call on Reid to Resign

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  1. Dragoon68

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    Cornyn, Steele Call on Reid to Resign as Senate Leader After Obama 'Negro' Comment

    I can't stand Senator Ried and would be happy if he would resign along with about 90% or more of the rest of the Senate and House.

    However, I think too much is being made of his comments just like many others before him in recent times. What he said is a true and accurate observation. Obama is "light-skinned" and has "no Negro dialect" when compared to many other politicians of his race. It is not racist to make that observation or to state it. It would be similar to saying a person was a "fair-skinned Swede" with a "slight Swedish accent". So what? I do think we've become much too sensitive to the words because of the perceived topic.

    On the other hand, this same crew racked Senator Lott over the coals back in 2002 for similar infractions of the new ban on any speech that remotely includes any comments that might be offensive to any group as determined by that group's particular political needs of the moment. The double standard is obvious and the triple standard is even more obvious when compared to comments of some black political leaders. The ban has gone too far!

    So, as much as like to be rid of Ried, I don't think this is a justifiable cause because it just further firms up a policy that will trap even the best and most careful of speakers and writers. Instead I'd like to see him run off for his support of so much ridiculous legislation.

    I don't think it does the Republicans any long term credit when they demand Sen. Reid's resignation over this. It'll just make their own actions more hypocritical in the future. They should leave it alone and demand the same of themselves.
     
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    Indeed. Harry's gone after the next election anyhow.
     
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    There is no such thing as a "Negro dialect".

    To believe in the existence of a "Negro dialect" is RACIST !!:BangHead:
     
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    Of course there is such a thing as a "Negro dialect" - if fact there are regional black dialects - just like there is a Southern or a Yankee dialect or just like there is a German or a Vietnamese accent. There's no such thing as being racist to be able to hear and recognize these dialects and accents.
     
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    What Trent Lott said was even less racist.

    Reid won't resign.

    The usual liberal double standard on racial comments will win the day.
     
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    You are absolutely correct, but you are politically incorrect to say so.


    Salty

    I am not politically incorrect, I am politically Right! :thumbsup:
     
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    This is how shallow our political system is. Both sides demand of each other resignation over some name calling, yet ignore the real reason every one of them should resign. Theft of the American taxpayer daily, bribery, anti-Constitutional legislation constantly (some would call treason), back door deals, using public office for enrichment and power, are all reasons for resignation. The first two to go in the Senate should be Senator Reid and Senator McConnell, with the others to follow.
     
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    The Dems are just imploding
     
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    You are correct - there are regional dialects.

    But they are not the result of race they are the result of cultural environment.
     
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    When a vast majority of people who identify themselves as being members of a particular race also choose to participate in a particular culture the distinction blurs.
     
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    There's no need to call for his resignation. His popularity is waned to the point that he will not be back after the next election.
     
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    So in your mind the vast majority of black persons in the world therefore choose to participate in a culture which includes "Negro dialect" as articulated by Reid?

    Given that the majority of black persons in the world probably do not speak English - what would Reid's "Negro dialect" sound like?
     
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    I am reasonably certain Reid's classification did not imply a world wide dialect for one race of people but rather implied the dialect used among American blacks that is the norm of recent generations and not the exception. We should all be able to remember the "Ebonics" movement among blacks of recent times which attempts to capture and prompt this dialect as the "African American Vernacular English".
     
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    Yes, it demonstrates that the underlying motives are to destroy the opposition at any cost even with trivia and even if a double or changing standard is applied. It some times difficult to believe there are any grown responsible men left in Washington.
     
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    Negro is a race.

    One's race does not change when crossing borders.

    What is the "Negro dialect"? There is none.
     
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    di⋅a⋅lect
      /ˈdaɪəˌlɛkt/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [dahy-uh-lekt] Show IPA
    Use dialect in a Sentence
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    –noun
    1. Linguistics. a variety of a language that is distinguished from other varieties of the same language by features of phonology, grammar, and vocabulary, and by its use by a group of speakers who are set off from others geographically or socially.
    2. a provincial, rural, or socially distinct variety of a language that differs from the standard language, esp. when considered as substandard.
    3. a special variety of a language: The literary dialect is usually taken as the standard language.
    4. a language considered as one of a group that have a common ancestor: Persian, Latin, and English are Indo-European dialects.
    5. jargon or cant.
     
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    Again, "Negro", in the way Ried used it, referred to black Americans - not the black race as a whole, and, like it or not, his comment was factual. A man - even a liberal Democratic - should be free to make a comment like that without being labeled a "racist" for it. Lott, by comparison, should never have resigned over what he said. We've gotten far to sensitive in some venues and not nearly careful enough in others.
     
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    Evidence for this qualification?

    He said "Negro dialect" not "black American dialect".
     
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    Here's the deal. If a conservative had said anything even close to what Reid said that conservative would be accused of a hate crime and generally run out of Washington.
     
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    It is my conclusion but I think it is obvious by common usage and the specific venue. It requires no further evidence.
     
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