As usual, the media is out making a big deal over the remarks that Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid, made about Barack Obama during the general election. In the new book “Game Change” written by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin the authors claim that Harry Reid stated that Barack Obama would benefit from his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” This has made for an uncomfortable moment for Harry Reid. Reports say that Reid has been on the phone with prominent African-American leaders apologizing for the comment. This forced The President of The United States, Barack Obama, to issue a press release. The President stated, “As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.”
This should make for a sense of tension for both Reid and Obama. However, this is great for the authors and the media which will try to stretch this story for as long as they can generate ad revenue from it. This incident will also do nothing to advance race relations in this Country, and isn’t that would the media should focus on?