MSNBC commentator uses ‘off the reservation’
By Rob Capriccioso
“Well, if it is, I apologize for it,” Steele responded on the show. “It’s not an intent to be a racial slur. I wasn’t intending to say a racial slur at all.
“It is astounding that his mind can separate himself from Sen. Reid when it comes to deciphering racist remarks,” said Ronnie Washines, president of the Native American Journalists Association.
Michelle Bernard, a political commentator for MSNBC, hit that point home when discussing Reid’s words on-air Jan. 11.
Bernard, an African American, discussed the Reid situation, saying she didn’t think the words he used were completely “off the reservation.”
Ironically, many Native Americans have a problem with the “off the reservation” phrase, saying it’s disparaging and [implies] that Indians should be kept in line.