It seems Harry Reid let the mask slip. During the 2008 campaign, Reid described in private then-Senator Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Uh oh. He spent Saturday profusely apologizing -- something very unusual for a democrat. A leader of the party of segregation and slavery says something racist? What's so unusual about that? Here are a FEW racist utterances from SOME of the more prominent democrats since the party's founding.
Yup, democrats have been racists since the very beginning of the party, and they show no signs of changing.
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African American [Barack Obama] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy." - Joe Biden
"I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia [Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan recruiter] that he would have been a great senator at any moment. . . . He would have been right during the great conflict of civil war in this nation." - Sen. Chris Dodd - 2004
"Everybody likes to go to Geneva. I used to do it for the Law of the Sea conferences and you'd find these potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they'd just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva." - Sen. Ernest Hollings - 1993
"I'm not going to use the federal government's authority deliberately to circumvent the natural inclination of people to live in ethnically homogeneous neighborhoods. . . . I have nothing against a community that's made up of people who are Polish or Czechoslovakian or French-Canadian or blacks who are trying to maintain the ethnic purity of their neighborhoods." - Jimmy Carter - 1976
"I did not lie awake at night worrying about the problems of Negroes." - Bobby Kennedy - 1961
"These Negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we've got to do something about this, we've got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don't move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there'll be no way of stopping them, we'll lose the filibuster and there'll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It'll be Reconstruction all over again." - LBJ - 1957
"President Truman's civil rights program "is a farce and a sham--an effort to set up a police state in the guise of liberty. I am opposed to that program. I have voted against the so-called poll tax repeal bill. . .. I have voted against the so-called anti-lynching bill." - LBJ - 1948
"I am a former Kleagle [recruiter] of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County. . . . The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the union." - Robert Byrd - 1946
"Slavery among the whites was an improvement over independence in Africa. The very progress that the blacks have made, when--and only when--brought into contact with the whites, ought to be a sufficient argument in support of white supremacy--it ought to be sufficient to convince even the blacks themselves." - William Jennings Bryan - 1923
"I think one man is just as good as another so long as he's not a n*gger or a Chinaman. Uncle Will says that the Lord made a White man from dust, a @!$%# from mud, then He threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I. It is race prejudice, I guess. But I am strongly of the opinion Negroes ought to be in Africa, Yellow men in Asia and White men in Europe and America." - Harry Truman -1911 - in a letter to his future wife Bess
Blacks "are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both of body and mind." - Thomas Jefferson - 1787