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Slade Gorton
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Slade Gorton

A former U.S. Senator and Washington State Attorney General, Slade Gorton served on the 9/11 Commission.

No exceptions for Congress

The nation cannot be deprived of the opportunity for a frank and open discussion of issues relating to race, no matter how controversial. That's a policy that obviously must apply to members of Congress as well as to the press and public.

Neither the comment of Senator Lott, which cost him his post as Senate Majority Leader, nor that of Senator Reid, which threatens his, however, dealt with contemporary political issues.

Senator Lott's was a throwaway to a 100-year-old retiring senator that, ill-advised as it was, was not true, nor did it represent Senator Lott's actual views. It should not have cost him his position.

Senator Reid's comment, as inelegant and inadvisable as it was, was probably a correct description of election reality at the time. It is now almost two years in the past, and it should not affect Senator Reid's post.

By Slade Gorton

 |  January 14, 2010; 10:03 AM ET
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"inelegant and inadvisable", of course it is. Reid's comments are completely honest however, and the general public is tired of Washington being so cliche and PC.

It is true that if President Obama spoke in a "negro dialect" or ebonics as we all know it, he would not be electable.Would a white man be worthy of office if he spoke like Larry the Cable Guy? If he spoke in "ivoryonics" he would be considered ignorant.

I am in an African American Literature class that says standard English is also known as white English. Why is it that speaking in a manner that proves you have more than a GED, is considered white?

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 14, 2010 8:45 PM
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