Rep. Carson stands by tea party racism blast
August 31st, 2011
11:43 AM ET
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Rep. Carson stands by tea party racism blast

(CNN) - A spokesman for Democratic Rep. Andre Carson said the Indiana representative and member of the Congressional Black Caucus is not backing down from comments he made previously, when he said members of the tea party movement on Capitol Hill would like to see African Americans "hanging on a tree."

Jason Tomsci, Carson's aide, confirmed the comments and reaffirmed the sentiment.

"He used strong language because the tea party agenda jeopardizes the most vulnerable," Tomasci told CNN Wednesday. "Members of the tea party are holding up a lot of things that the president wants to do and want to gut critical services and programs that they know are important to African Americans as well as Latinos and other minorities."

Video surfaced Tuesday on, a website run by conservative host Glenn Beck, which shows Carson, who holds a leadership role in the CBC, at an Aug. 22 event in Florida.

"Some of these folks in Congress would love to see us as second class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me ... hanging on a tree," Carson said according to the audio.

He also equated the efforts of those in the tea party movement to Jim Crow laws that historically kept African Americans from voting.

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  1. Dani

    @Woman In California; The only thing I don't agree with is that the Tea Party didn't exist before Obama. Not true. The tea party are no other than the Birch Society, the KKK, the Aryan Nation, militias and a lot of southern white Christians. The tea party has been around for decades. They are all the groups I just listed. They're just going by a different name this time around. The baggers are fooling no one. They are racists and they want to bring Obama to his knees.

    August 31, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. blaqmajik

    Everything that was said is true. You can pull up a million videos on youtube showing the teabaggers racism, but can you find one with them talking about unity amongst people. The Congressional Black Cacuse (CBC); Black In Government (BIG) and the rest of these groups which promotes equality need to get out and let people know the truth behind these teabaggers.

    August 31, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Dani

    "Anyone as full of blind hate and as racist as Rep. Andre Carson is not fit for office. Democrats should demand he resign."

    Well this independent believes Rep. Carson. Raw data on tea party validates what Carson is saying. The Tea Party despises black people, period.

    August 31, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. The Other Michael in Houston

    Democrat Class Warfare said:

    Why do you think the Tea Party did not exist under George Bush?
    Because George Bush didn't run $1.7 TRILLION yearly deficits and for as far as the eye can see, until bankruptcy.

    Because George Bush didn't cram a healthcare "reform" down the throats of the American people that REQUIRES them to buy a private product.

    Okay so he jammed attacking Iraq down our throats when the Administration know that all the intel was false the he kept the coast of both wars and the multi trillion dollor Medicare Prescription Drug Plan off the books so it would appear that the deficit was not high.

    So you darn right we are blaming the last Administration. The only moronic thing is, President Obama is so caught up on "unity " that he is bending way to much to the right which is getting us no where because you and the rest of the Republican party will sabatoge anything the Obama Administration tries to do, even if ti means sacrificing your own needs. Like I said, us people with seven figure incomes actually like some the policies the President is trying to put into place to secure the future of America, it's you fast food employee's who hate the color of his skin that screaming the loudest against the President, idiots!

    August 31, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Dave D

    I suppose only blacks are allowed to be part of the Congressional Black Caucus.......making it a racist organization? Give me a break. All these accusations about the Tea Party being racist, yet not much in the way of proof. Just another talking point to divide the masses.

    August 31, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    Doesn't this guy get it??? Not only are his comments RACIST, but he is completely wrong. The ideals espoused by the Tea Party will ultimately help ALL Americans, including the oppressed minorities, by adhering to the Constitution. Black people will never be considered equal or truly be free until they break free fron the stranglehold the liberals and democrats have on them. Through their entitlements, the democrats benefit by keeping blacks oppressed. More handouts and entitlements, more votes. Fortunately, SOME African Americans, like Alan West and Herman Cain, have embraced personal accountability and can envision the future MLKjr was talking about.

    August 31, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Embarrassed Conservative

    @Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    A black racist? Why can't he just be a racist like the TEA partyers? I think your comment is racist.

    August 31, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Embarrassed Conservative

    @Hanger 13. Says you! How about you back that with a reliable source. You expect all of us to believe that BS just cause you said it.

    August 31, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. tod siedell

    I do not belong to the tea party. But, I don't get where people think their racist or whatever. Only thing I 've heard them say is, we want the gov't to balance the budget and live within its means. Most of the people who say they are tps are middle class, not rich. if that makes you a racist, then I'll proudly call myself a racist, because it obviously doesn't mean what it used to stand for

    August 31, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. me

    "He's right, which is all the more reason we'll see a complete hissy fit from the people he correctly labeled. Methinks they doth protest too much." Right. Complaining when someone labels you as a would be murderer is complaining too much. If the shoe was on the other foot there would be no complaints, right? The black community never ever uses the race card for anything. Whaaaaa they are just doing it because I'm black. Whaaaaaa.

    August 31, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Russell Brown

    racism is a smoke sreen that how it is easy for china to beat united states
    Ilike the dreams of the future
    better than the history of the past.

    August 31, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. LogicalUS

    What would you expect from this racist?

    These race pimps have done more damage to the African American community in the last 40 years than any horde of KKK could ever contemplate.

    Keep following these scum and watch as your community devolves further into third world hellholes.

    August 31, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Kent Williams

    If the democrats want to "help out" minorities so much, I have to wonder why poverty has been on the rise since LBJ's Great Society. Why would a politician get people on their feet when they have a guaranteed vote from a dependent?

    August 31, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. RSS

    Carson just recruited a new Tea Party Member, and probably many more. You don't think this will bring out the vote to oust Obama and idiots in congress who spout off their mouths without using one single brain cell? Let them continue, the more they show who they are, them more they are going to screw their chances, so keep it coming Carson, we will laugh all the way to election day.

    August 31, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. hca66

    it's clowns like this and watters, and your beloved messiah barry, who are dividing this country. i bet you anything barry doesnt say a word of this....only the honorable Col. West has the guts to say whats right and wrong.

    August 31, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. hca66

    he need to get his facts was the dems who passed the jim crow laws, and the republicans who got rid of them.....typical lib, making up their own facts.

    August 31, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. iloverepublicansbecausrtheyareretardedfreaks

    Why be racist????..why.....whats bothering you..the world?........get the HELL over it....gusfrabba......means calm the HELL down...

    August 31, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Gloria

    Everything Mr. Carson said is true. That's the problem with most WP can't stand to here the truth. Everyone knows it is a conspiracy to destroy the POTUS just because of who he is. NO other President has been disrespected in the history of this country. It is just as many white people getting assistance from the government but of course you will never acknowledge that.

    August 31, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Bill

    All this racial stuff is really getting boring. The only races that count are the election races and the "progressives" (what a contradiction) will do and say anything to try and prevail.

    August 31, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Russell Brown

    howvcan you claim to love JESUS
    and be filled wiith hate
    to the hate that is in side of you
    we pray it be pulled up by the roots
    and planted in the sea mountian be removed.

    August 31, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. DLJ

    So the tea partiers aren't racist because they like some black people who happen to think like them. Someone mentioned Allen West who said recently that "White liberals have turned over to certain leaders - perceived leaders - in the black community like a Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, a Maxine Waters or Barbara Lee, and said, 'pacify and keep the black community firmly behind us regardless of the failures of our social welfare policies." Were anyone to same the same crap about black conservatives, the conservatives would start crying about it being racist, so guess what it is when West does it – and what it is if you agree with it?

    August 31, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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