Local black officials and candidates weigh in on Sen. Harry Reid’s “Negro dialect” remarkby George Bennett | January 11th, 2010
Republicans have blasted Reid and called for him to to step down from his leadership position while Democrats have generally circled the wagons in support of Reid.
Retired Lt. Col. Allen West, a black Republican running for a Palm Beach-Broward congressional seat, called Reid’s remarks “disgusting, despicable, and unacceptable. They are representative of how intellectual elite liberals do indeed speak of black Americans in their closed private spaces.”
But Debra Robinson, Palm Beach County’s only black school board member, said “I don’t see why it’s such an issue…I think that what he said was correct. My problem was he used the word ‘Negro,’ which is a bit outdated.”
Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor also shrugged at Reid’s remarks.
“I personally don’t see anything wrong with what he said. Even in the African-American community, we like for our children to be articulate….The light-skinned part of it is something we have no control over,” Taylor said.
Said former South Bay Mayor Clarence Anthony: “In this day and time it is disappointing that that view of the African-American leadership or politician still exists and I’m glad that Sen. Reid recognized his statement was improper or politically incorrect and went back and apologized.”