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Steele apologizes for 'Honest Injun' remark; still wants Reid to resign

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

Jan. 10, 2010, 2:30 p.m. - GOP Chair Michael Steele today apologized for a racial slur he made about Native Americans, while calling for Democratic Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid to resigning for his own alleged racist slur.

Steele has been under fire for using the phrase "Honest Injun" to describe the Republican Party. "If it is I apologize ... I wasn't intending to say a racial slur at all," Steele said of his own remark.

Still, Steele says that he wants Harry Reid to step down for his 2008 remarks. Reid described President Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign as a "light-skinned" Black "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

Reid has apologized for his remark and Obama has accepted that apology.

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Steele says that Reid's remarks are like ones made by former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott. Lott implied that racial segregation was good by lauding former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond's segregation-based campaign. "When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over the years, either," Lott said.

Lott was forced out of his leadership position over his comments.

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