Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment- Why should he? Reid should apologize for a lot of things- this is not one of them First, Negro, it may be antiquated, but is not a racial "hate word" or racial epithet Second, does anyone believe Reid said it with bad intentions? WASHINGTON The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama's race during the 2008 presidential bid. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect." Obama is the nation's first African-American president. "I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments," Reid said in a statement released after the excerpts were reported on the Web site of The Atlantic.