Thursday, February 01, 2007

This would kill anyone's career except...

...someone who is deemed a "liberal democrat". Delaware senator Joseph Biden, starting his presidential run ripped into his potential opponents. Among other things he said:

Mr. Biden is equally skeptical—albeit in a slightly more backhanded way—about Mr. Obama. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

So, other blacks(I detest the term "African-Americans") who ever served in public office or appeared as public figures were unarticulate, stupid and filthy? So, a smart and clean black person is something of a surprise? What about ordinary blacks? Thanks for showing your true colours, senator(pun unintentional)!

Now, you would expect the media, civil rights organisations and pundits to be up in arms for this expressing outrage at the senator's insensitive words. In reality, nothing is happening. No mainstream newspaper or TV station is rebuking Biden nor is any organisation supposedly fighting racism doing it. Imagine, however, that a conservative Republican was in Biden's stead. We would never hear the end of it, the man would be tarred and feathered out of Washington.

There is just one thing I am wondering: did Biden think of these statements himself or, bearing in mind his prescedents, he plagiarised this as well? After all, he did have someone who he can copy from.

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