Columnist Leonard Pitts finds nothing to complain about in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comment in 2008 about Barack Obama having a good chance of being elected president because he is “light-skinned” and has “no Negro dialect.” That’s because what Reid said was correct, Pitts argued, albeit indecorous and impolitic. “The gist of Reid’s comment,” Pitts wrote, “is that a dark-skinned man who announced his candidacy thusly — ‘I’m gon’ run for president. I ax for your support’ — would have trouble being taken seriously. I find that an unremarkable contention. George W. Bush couldn’t pronounce ‘nuclear’ if you put a gun to his head, and you need a GPS and a Sherpa to get through Sarah Palin’s winding utterances, but their race buys them at least a measure of forbearance that — call me crazy — I don’t think a dark-skinned candidate could expect.”
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