February 19th, 2009
05:56 PM ET
5 years ago

Clyburn: Stimulus opponents are insulting African-Americans

Clyburn is the highest-ranking African-American in congress.
Clyburn is the highest-ranking African-American in congress.

(CNN) – Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina said Thursday that GOP governors who oppose the stimulus bill are giving African-Americans “a slap in the face.”

Clyburn has been sparring with his state’s governor, Republican Mark Sanford, who has been a leading voice of opposition to the stimulus package. But the highest-ranking African-American in Congress said his frustration with the bill’s opponents isn’t limited to Sanford.

“The governor of Louisiana expressed opposition,” Clyburn said of the bill at a roundtable in Columbia, according to WIS TV. “Has the highest African-American population in the country. Governor of Mississippi expressed opposition. The governor of Texas, and the governor of South Carolina.

“These four governors represent states that are in the black belt. I was insulted by that,” he said. “All of this was a slap in the face of African-Americans. It had nothing to do with Governor Sanford.”

A spokesman for Sanford, Joel Sawyer, accused Clyburn of playing the race card.

“Representative Clyburn is no stranger to playing the race card, because he has no defense for the runaway spending and the deficits contained in this so-called stimulus bill that will hurt our economy,” he said. “Spending money at the federal level that we do not have represents a future tax increase on all South Carolinians, regardless of their color - and in the process of doing so, he's ripping off everyone he claims to represent.”

Sanford indicated Thursday he was leaning towards taking the federal money despite his opposition to the bill.


Filed under: James Clyburn • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Obama 2.0

    We did not have money during WWII but we spent the yang out of it. The women worked. Who paid them? The companies. Who paid the companies? The government. Where were the men? At war. Who paid them? the government. It's called Keynesian economics, it worked then it can work today! Who was watching the money back then? No faxes, no internet, nothing but a bunch of powerful greedy men. At least today we have a high level of transparancy.

    February 19, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. gfg

    jeez, very pathetic, when is there gonna be black man in power that doesnlt HAVE to use th race card?

    February 19, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Zac

    Ya know what's a slap in the face to African-Americans? That if they are most concentrated in the so-called "black belt", then how are these stimulus foes even elected there?

    February 19, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Rick

    Why are we insulting them? That is pure crap and another racist remark like Mr. Holder's. I think that those who are trying to keep race alive by their comments are the racist. Is the stimulus just for African Americans?, if it is then that is discrimnating on whites. This is a new twist to the stimulus, Clyburn seems to be saying that Obama's stimulus is for African Americans, oh, I thought it was for all Americans. I honestly think that Mr Clyburns statement is Racist towards whites and the rest of the Americans.

    but look who is bringing up race, its another black complaining.

    February 19, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Jayden,FL

    Why the heck does everything have to turn into a race issue?

    February 19, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. USA patron

    He has a point. Louisiana, more than any state, needs the stimulus money for infrastructure- yet Jindal is denying this money out of his own pride.

    Pride is a sin, you know..

    February 19, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. chris.d

    stop wit da race card plaese

    February 19, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. John

    Why is EVERYTHING always about insulting African-Americans! We elected our first African American President. That should tell you something. Get over it already!

    February 19, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. LYNETTE IN CA

    I understand why he's saying it, but I don't think it's necessary to say it this way. These governors are talking about not taking money to help people in their state, which happen to be mostly Black or have mostly Black people out of work and will quite possibly be out of their homes.

    Let's look at it another way ...there's another election coming up in 2010. With so many Black people displaced and unable to vote, it could change the election or so they hope.

    Repugs don't do much without a srategy.

    Just something to think about.

    February 19, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. paul jensen

    Thats odd

    February 19, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Once you vote Black

    Clyburn may have a point. Its funny how you people are tired of hearing the race card in america. Do you mean that if its not played it does not exist? This country is based on race. We keep Cubans but send Hatians back. We let the Irish in but not the Africans. Getting mad at Clyburn plays right into what Holder was talking about. Instead of dealing with what Cyburn is saying you just reject him out of hand as if by reflex. If you are sick of it how do you think your victims feel?

    February 19, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. bob

    All I know about this kind of spending is that we may all become slaves to it just to try and repay it.

    February 19, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. ken

    Why does it always have to be about race?

    February 19, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. dumbocrat alert

    the only racists i've seen lately is the ones in the black caucus and those that addressed them.

    February 19, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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