So does this make it alright to now remark that black people are mongrels? Or is it once again just another example of something a black person can say, but something that is strictly forbidden for whites to even whisper.
And I won't even address the realities of what would have been said if a white president had made these remarks.
President Obama calls African-Americans a ‘mongrel people’
President Obama waded into the national race debate in an unlikely setting and with an unusual choice of words: telling daytime talk show hosts that African-Americans are “sort of a mongrel people.”
The president appeared on ABC’s morning talk show “The View” Thursday, where he talked about the forced resignation of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, his experience with race and his roots.
When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: "We are sort of a mongrel people."
"I mean we're all kinds of mixed up," Obama said. "That's actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it."
And predictably, the media immediately seeks to cover for him and his racial faux pas.
The president did not appear to be making an inflammatory remark with his statement. The definition of mongrel as an adjective is defined as "of mixed breed, nature, or origin," according to dictionary.com.
Oh certainly, this was not an inflammatory remark because Barack obama was making it. I wonder how it would have been viewed if Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich or a host of others were to have made it.
I wonder? Have any prominent whites ever made such a comparison or uttered such words? It appears that our recently deceased senator Robert Byrd once spoke to the issue directly.
"I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side.… Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."
That quote along with a very interesting summation of race and politics as recently written on the heals of President Clinton's eulogy of rober Byrd can be found here at http://spectator.org/archives/2010/07/06/christian-adams-blows-whistle/print
GO ahead, read it. Then contemplate what our president had to say today.