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Why Harry Reid's "Negro Dialect" Comment is Devastatingly Racist

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RUSH: Let's go back to the audio sound bites. The same March 4th, 2007, at a breakfast before his big speech, this the same place where Hillary said, "I ain't no ways tired," when she was affecting a black dialect before a black audience. This is democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama.

OBAMA: This is the site of my conception. I am the fruits of your labor. I am the offspring of the movement. So when people ask me whether I've been to Selma before, I tell 'em I'm coming home.

RUSH: When people ask me whether I've been to Selma befo', I tell 'em I'm coming home. He continued.

OBAMA: My grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya, grew up in a small village, and all his life that's all he was, was a cook and a houseboy and that's what they called him even when he was 60 years old, they called him a houseboy. Wouldn't call him by his last name. Sound familiar? So don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don't tell me I'm not coming home when I come to Selma, Alabama. I'm here because somebody marched for our freedom. I'm here because ya'll sacrificed for me. I stand on the shoulders of giants.

RUSH: And he has been to Selma befo', and he said so. In honor of Harry Reid, we don't do dedications on this program much, but we're going to do one now. This following tune is dedicated to the Senate majority leader, Dingy Harry Reid.

(playing of "Barack the 'Magic Negro'")
White comedian Paul Shanklin and the "Barack the 'Magic Negro'" as portrayed vocally by the Reverend Al Sharpton as dedicated to the Senate majority leader Dingy Harry Reid. I want to go back, March of 2008 and share with you again a monologue I did on this program on March the 14th, and this was the opening monologue, and I think this probably had a role in Obama's famous and earth-moving race speech which was four or five days later. The reason I want to go back and repeat this is that it ties right into Harry Reid's no-Negro-dialect comment. Now, the headline, as we headlined it at RushLimbaugh.com: "Barack Obama and Pastor Wright: Far More Than Guilt by Association. -- This pastor was the central force in this church, and that's why Obama chose it. It's why the pastor married them. It's why he baptized their kids. There is a story on the American Thinker blog today by C. Edmund Wright, who is not related to Pastor Wright, by the way. His theory is simply that the choice of this church by Obama was calculated so that Obama could establish his black street cred with certain elements of the American population," because Obama was too clean and articulate, he was too white to win in Chicago 'til Jeremiah Wright gave him black street cred.

Now, Harry Reid likes that he doesn't have a Negro dialect, but the voters in Chicago did not like that 20 years ago. "In other words, he embraced Jeremiah Wright and the church's agenda to 'get his black street cred to escape his "white half."' Now, he's trying to divert attention away from his black street cred. And a little sober reminder here... he is doing this so he can occupy the Oval Office." This is exactly what Harry Reid said. This is exactly what he meant. Now, these are the words of C. Edmund Wright, American Thinker. "We are talking about the leading candidate for the Democrat nomination for president of the United States. Now, this is Mr. C. Edmund Wright's theory, that Obama did this to establish street cred. This was 20 years ago, and did this to mitigate his white half. They chose this church because of the charismatic pastor's beliefs. ... It would be reasonable to conclude that this pastor is one of the reasons that Michelle "My Belle" Obama harbors the views that she does. She's an angry woman running around out there. The pastor doesn't just pop off here and there, folks, like the nutty uncle in the attic that Obama is trying to portray him as. This was his usual way of talking. We have a little bit more from him today. We have some extended segments when we come back from the commercial break."

The point is this is Obama from March 18th of 2008. The point is that C. Edmund Wright's theory about why Obama chose Wright and Wright's church is the exact same thing that Harry Reid said, which I really think if people stopped to think about this and consider it even further, that what Harry Reid said is really devastatingly racist, because if he's saying, which he is, that only light-skinned blacks who don't sound black can be elected, that's more than just awkward, as the NAALCP says, that's much more -- (interruption) they're laughing in there, but that's how to translate what Harry Reid said. He's light-skinned and doesn't sound black. That's why I said I want to know what a black dialect is to Harry Reid, I want him to tell me who has one.

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RUSH: We're going to start in Omaha with Sarah. Nice to have you here. Hello.

CALLER: Good. Good day to you, Rush. I'm glad you're feeling great.

RUSH: Thank you very much.

CALLER: You sound great. Hey, with regard to the Reid comments: He is racist. It is a racist comment. But, you know, surely Americans... You know, Americans are intelligent people. They know that these people, whether it be Obama, whether it be Pelosi, whether it be Harry Reid, whether it be Hillary, that they all are going to be exactly what they need to to get into office and to get whatever they want. I mean, if you look in the Webster dictionary, "Dialect: A variety of language confine to a certain region." Well, when they go and try and get their votes in one region they're going to sound like that region and then they're going to go to another. But most importantly, Rush, in my opinion this is just another Rahm Emanuel crisis idea for the second full week in 2010. I don't know what he's going to come up for the next week or the next week or the next week.

RUSH: Wait a minute. You're saying that the release of the book is a Rahm Emanuel idea to distract everybody from health care?

CALLER: I think that the timing is. I think the timing is, and this being pulled out is a diversion because it's going to lead us into immigration reform, which is their next big catch that they want.

RUSH: Well, let me tell you something. It has not diverted me. It has not distracted me. I have interwoven health care news, unemployment news, stimulus failure news with all of this stuff today. Now, these books. Books have publication dates that are set way, way in advance. We give these guys credit for being manipulative conspirators and so forth (and they clearly are) but that's not the real story here. I don't think this is something that's being used to divert everybody. I think the real story here, folks (aside from the content of Bill Clinton saying what he said and Harry Reid saying what he said) is that a bunch of liberal journalists knew this all during the campaign and they sat on it. These are reporters. These are journalists from TIME Magazine, ABC. Halperin's worked at a number of places. They had all of this. This happens every year. All these journalists write books to catalog campaigns.

Now, in the case of the stuff in this book about Sarah Palin, they didn't sit on that. There's nothing new in the book about Sarah Palin. But we didn't know Harry Reid said all this, and Harry Reid said, "I thought it was a private conversation off the record." Well, that doesn't matter. He still said it and these guys knew it, and Bill Clinton, too. They sat on this during the campaign. Can you imagine if they had reported this at the time? Well, they saved it, obviously, for their book, which means what? They were seeking financial reward. They held this information for a multiple number of reasons. They knew the book would sell big because it has dynamite stuff. I think one of the authors of the book is saying, "I had no idea that this Harry Reid comment would be such a big deal." You didn't? You didn't think that a comment like that by Harry Reid would be such a big deal and the Clinton comment and all the other things? I'll tell you the stuff in this...

We haven't touch on it yet. The stuff in this book on John and Elizabeth Edwards is just devastating, and I don't doubt a word of it. I mean, they are two people the exact opposite of the image that was projected and portrayed of them and by them and for them. They're not the compassionate, soft-spoken couple. You know, Elizabeth Edwards, they had a PAC, a political action committee, and some of the underlings had screwed up and had not succeeded in purchasing Elizabeth and John's health insurance from the PAC. And she flipped out when she heard that. She said (paraphrased), "If this is not done tomorrow, everybody's health insurance in this PAC is getting canceled. I'm going to cancel it! If you won't take care of John and me, we're getting rid of everybody. We're canceling everybody's health insurance."

It's a true of most Democrats. These aren't the sweet, compassionate, caring and so on. These are vicious, mean people in many, many ways. Ideologically, personally, they are arrogant, condescending. They hold average people in contempt or look at them with contempt. So the big story here is all the stuff that these people sit on. There was another thing. In the 2004 election, I forget who did the book but there was a book about the Kerry campaign and it had similar things in it that had it come out during the campaign, had they come out during the campaign it might have changed the way things went, even though Bush ended up winning. The real indictment here is that journalists on the prowl, on the campaign trail here all of this things and hold them, and they hold back on it. Except the Palin and McCain stuff. I don't think there's anything new in this book about Palin that I haven't heard before -- the stuff that's true, the stuff that isn't true -- and there's a lot in this book about Palin that isn't true.

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