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Senator Reid Stumbles Into The Elephant In The Room

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada has had all of political America talking about an issue that used to be confined mostly to the African American community -- whether or not a black person with a lighter skin tone who spoke in a standard English vernacular without any noticeable twang or drawl enjoyed an advantage over their darker hued, more idiomatic counterparts. It is a subject that has been revisited over and over again since Reconstruction, when the first men of color were elected to the House of Representatives and the Senate after the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution were ratified. And yet, to ignore this latest incarnation of that age-old debate is to ignore the elephant in the room that race has become in America.

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