This morning, on the right wing talk radio program (Morning Source with Alan Stock), the topic--this being Nevada--was still Harry Reid's comments from the political gossip book Game Change. And for the gazillionth time, I heard right-wing jabberers making a false equivalency. "Can you just imagine," the line goes, "if a Republican said the same things Harry Reid said?" Well, yes, we can imagine it, which kind of proves my point.
Reid has worked for many years for minority rights, and has no history of malice toward black people or anyone else. That is called "context," and I know that some Republicans have difficulty understanding why this is not the same thing as Trent Lott wishing that segregationist Strom Thurmond had won the 1948 presidential race, so that we wouldn't be having "all these problems" now. So let me help you out.
Suppose you heard that "Larry the Cable Guy" had called Britney Spears an inbred, white trash, trailer slut. Given his accent and delivery, you'd probably laugh or possibly not even react at all. Now, imagine Barack Obama said exactly the same thing. Yeah. It's not the same is it?