Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | January 9, 2010

Senator Harry Reid, a Mormon, apologizes for ‘Negro Dialect’ comment about Obama

Reid apologizes for ‘Negro Dialect’ comment about Obama

By PHILIP ELLIOT, Associated Press Writer Philip Elliot, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 12 mins ago

WASHINGTON – The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama’s race during the 2008 presidential bid and are quoted in a yet-to-be-released book about the campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Obama is the nation’s first African-American president.

“I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments,” Reid said in a statement released after the excerpts were first reported on the Web site of The Atlantic.  Where did such racist attitudes come from?

“For nearly 150 years, the Mormon Church had taught that ALL blacks were cursed. Hence, a black Mormon male could not hold the highly regarded LDS.” “But let them apostatize, and they will become gray-haired, wrinkled, and black, just like the Devil” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 5, p. 332

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