By Don Scoggins
So now we must ask ourselves,” where do we go from here?” I am referring to this week’s recent discourse, surrounding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s uncalled for remarks about President Barrack Obama’s “light skin” and “non-Negro” dialect as being acceptable qualities to whites and, therefore, validating white support as Barrack Obama sought the presidency. Very odd is the conspicuous silence of the Congressional Black Caucus regarding this controversy. Usually the Congressional Black Caucus is very quick to holler racism at any scintilla of racial gaffe coming from a Republican. Maybe they are awaiting directives from their liberal financiers and handlers?
Skin color aside, which within the Black community has perennially been a controversial topic, Senator Reid’s apology towards quotes he made months ago as the book entitled Game Change authored by Mark Halpern and John Heilemann was being written, only confirms the unsaid feeling among many liberals who think they own everything related to civil rights and that the black community should be forever grateful yet appear incredulous that an African American can speak proper English and actually embody what are regarded as white attributes even better than some of ” them”.
The “acting like white” reference long hurled at many black conservatives has no place in today’s modern society. Comments such as the ones espoused by Senator Reid only contribute to the unfortunate divisiveness still existing in this Country. To help to avoid future unwise statements by people like Senator Reid, the U.S. Congress may want to consider enrolling its members in sensitivity classes which would help the Senators to greater understand an increasingly diverse America occurring apparently quicker than many realize or want to realize. And, despite Michael Steele as chairman of the RNC, an excellent opportunity now exists for the GOP to seriously examine its racial practices and begin to more effectively communicate the advantages of adhering to Republican Party principles as its founders intended.
Don Scoggins is the President of Republicans for Black Empowerment. He is an architectural engineering graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Va., Don also received a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Pittsburgh. A retired U. S. Army Reserves officer and extensive world traveler, Don and wife, Gurmeet are the proud parents of two grown sons, Donald, Jr. and Vikramjit