Just now there's a lot of flack flying about some remarks of Harry Reid's, quoted in a book called Game Change. Mr. Reid opined that Barack Obama had a good chance to become President because he was "light-skinned" and "did not speak with a Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one."
Ever since I heard this, I've been wondering what all the hoo-ha was about. Harry Reid is an extremely skilled practical politician and I thought his assessment of Barack Obama's potential was spot on; he was even proven right when Obama ran and won. What's going on, of course, is another round of our, um, conflicted attitude toward race. I've been considering a post on the issue, until I read my San Francisco Chronicle this morning and discovered that Jon Carroll, as he often does, had just written it for me. I refer you, therefore, to Mr. Carroll's latest column, "The badly expressed wisdom of Harry Reid," identified on the SFGate.com web site as "Find the racist." It's well worth reading. (If you follow this link in a day or two and can't see it, it's the January 14 column.)