Last night on Hannity, Al Sharpton was mixing it up with Al Coulter and Hannity [video here]. They were discussing Dingy Harry’s “light-skinned, no Negro dialect” comment and Sharpton actually made note of Bill Clinton’s racist comment which has been largely ignored by everyone.
In the book Game Change, Bill Clinton [America’s first “Black President”] said "A few years ago, this guy (Obama) would be getting us coffee." to Ted Kennedy while discussing Obama. On the Hannity show, Sharpton had this to say about it:
"I think Bill Clinton said is something you ought to be dealing with. I have said, and you know I said it, that that was far more far disturbing and I think it was far more offensive [than what Reid said.]"
Hannity asked, "Was it racist?"
Sharpton responded, "If he meant that he would have been serving because he was black..."
Hannity said, "Well, what do you think he could have meant?"
Sharpton said, "Well, that's what I want to know."
Come off it Al! Ted Kennedy walked out on Bill Clinton after the comment and then supported Obama. If Kennedy could have figured it out, why is Al having so much trouble? We all know damn well if that statement came from a white conservative or white Republican, Sharpton would be on their ass just like he was with Don Imus. Because Bill Clinton is a white liberal, Al Sharpton is willing to give Bill a whole lot of wiggle room by playing naïve and will no doubt end up seeing all kinds of nuance in what Clinton said. This is the standard role for many black liberals in the Four Phases of Forgotten Racial Comments.
I do have to give Sharpton a little credit for pointing out why Reid’s statement is a bigger deal than Clintons. Sharpton had this to say as well:
Later in the interview, Sharpton, unsolicited, said, "Why aren't you all talking about Bill Clinton? You know why? Because Bill Clinton is not in charge of the Senate. He's not the one pushing healthcare [reform]. You're taking a statement [from Reid] you know is nowhere near what Clinton is accused of saying and going after Reid for purely political reasons."
Ah, and there is the rub. This is something I have to fault Michael Steele over. Steele was clearly giving the Dems a taste of their own medicine in racial politics [and they certainly deserve it] by playing the race card and calling for Reid to step down. However, by only calling out Reid, Steele puts the focus on political gain rather than on the double standard that the left has long employed. If Steele had brought full attention to both comments then the focus would be on both men and we would finally be making some headway in pointing out the blatant hypocrisy of the left and race.
As things stand now, Reid will get his pass as expected and Clinton’s comment goes immediately to Phase 4 of Forgotten Racial Comments.
Via: The Hill