Commentator John McLaughlin used the term "Oreo" in reference to Sen. Barack Obama on his TV show over the weekend.
McLaughlin, host of "The McLaughlin Group," was discussing Obama's relationship with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, in the aftermath of Jackson stating that Obama has been condescending toward black people.
“Does it frost Jackson, Jesse Jackson, that someone like Obama, who fits the stereotype blacks once labeled as an Oreo — a black on the outside, a white on the inside — that an Oreo should be the beneficiary of the long civil rights struggle which Jesse Jackson spent his lifetime fighting for,” McLaughlin asked.
Panelist Peter Beinart said such a description of Obama was "completely unfair." Fellow panelist Michelle Bernard said: "If Barack Obama is an Oreo, then every member of this generation of African-Americans is an Oreo, because we stand on the shoulders of the people who fought for our rights, and all of us say that you cannot blame 'the man' or white racism for everything that ails the black community."
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