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Harry Reid racist comments have people breathing hard

Harry Reid and his racist comments have shown that perhaps he is living in a bubble.

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, racism is “the belief that race is a primary determinant of human traits and capacities, and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” I’ve been discriminated against as much as the next semi-geeky, semi- Jewish non-Hispanic child of Southern California (did I tell you there’s a city in Poland named after me?) But I certainly won’t say that I know what being the subject of racial slurs feels like. As far as I’m concerned, this world is big enough for all of us. Spare me the segregation and ethnic cleansing. Like a payday loan store, all consumers are admitted, regardless of race. Keep the birth rate under control, practice proper conservation and distribution of resources and deal with crime effectively. Then we’ll be making some headway and won’t have to skedaddle for the moon or play out the Wall-E scenario.

What did Harry Reid say?

George Stephanopoulos of ABC News claims the senator was quoted in the John Heilemann/Mark Halperin book “Game Change” as saying the following of Barack Obama, America’s current racial target drone:

Harry Reid was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama – a “light-skinned” African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” as he said privately.

Clearly, Reid’s comments are inappropriate. Some would argue that a brewing cauldron of racist hatred brews just beneath the surface of such comments, but I would wager that this is a matter of ignorance and old habits dying hard. Reid should not be excused for this, mind you. He should have known better. Seriously – “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one?” These are the kind of people we elect to represent us in government? Reid has apologized to Obama, but he was still forced to resign as his party’s Senate leader.

Let’s not forget Bill Clinton’s racist comments

Because it’s easy to pile on libidinous horn players. First of all, Bill Clinton apparently said of Barack Obama that “a few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.” He also compared Obama’s run to the presidency with the 1984 campaign of Jesse Jackson, which is supposedly racist because Jackson is black. Of course Bill has a number of problems that prevent certain people in America from remembering that America’s economy prospered under his watch.

Speaking of economics, KFC has a racist way of selling fried bird lumps

Check out this recalled Australian KFC commercial:

There he is: one white fan amidst a group of black fans. And of course the peacemaker, the bridge over the menacing racial divide, is fried chicken. Yes, it’s an American stereotype, but it stirred a hornets’ nest of controversy for the good ol’ Kentucky colonel – after the commercial reached the U.S. via the Web. Because the U.S. must regulate Australians. They’re a penal colony, remember? And England is too busy to bullyrag them anymore, as they’re more concerned with “religious literacy” and young Earth creationism these days. Remember, a payday loan can buy you a paleontology textbook, if not a clue.

Na’vi-gate this racist labyrinth, moviegoers

Mustn’t forget the racist screed that is “Avatar,” of course. While the high-tech visuals are luminous and fantastic, the confrontation between Pandora’s “ethnic” Na’vi people and the white bread military-industrial complex is the same old song. Some call it racism, others call it hackneyed, uninspired storytelling. I call it a visual exodus into a new world of filmmaking where computer-generated visuals aren’t a ridiculous add-on, whiz bang widget (a la George Lucas), but a valid tool used in the creation of new worlds of entertainment.

Elitism colors me blue

Harry Reid racist comments and Bill Clinton blasts indicate that the elites of this nation aren’t so enlightened as they’d have us believe. Australians for the most part were not offended by the KFC ad – in fact, they were more offended by America weighing in on the issue – but that didn’t prevent the insipid ad from being pulled. I don’t buy into the “noble savage” stereotype that tends to permeate James Cameron’s depiction of the Na’vi, but I did consider buying into a payday loan to be able to afford to see the 3-D extravaganza.

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