While the Tea Party’s rhetoric has not been embraced by many around the country, it hasn’t convinced many African-Americans. The right wing fringe movement that has become an influential faction in Congress has embraced the push small government, low taxes and cuts in government spending, the combination of which make it hard to see logical economic growth.

Democrats have long said that the Tea Party does not have the interests of the poor at heart, but this week one lawmaker from the Congressional Black Cacus has taken it a step further by implying the Tea Party want to see black people lynched.

Saying that the Tea Party was not concerned with the economic well being of black people, CBC Whip Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) said that the Tea Party would be happy to see black people “hanging on a tree.” Speaking to a town hall in Miami while on the CBC’s job fair tour, Carson commented:

“This is the effort that we’re seeing of Jim Crow. Some of these folks in Congress right now 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.”

When asked about the comments, Carson’s office stood by the remarks. The Representative’s spokesperson Jason Tomcsi said:

“The Tea Party is protecting its millionaire and oil company friends while gutting critical services that they know protect the livelihood of African-Americans, as well as Latinos and other disadvantaged minorities…A child without basic nutrition, secure housing, and quality education has no real chance at a meaningful and productive life,” he said. “So, yes, the Congressman used strong language because the Tea Party agenda jeopardizes our most vulnerable and leaves them without the ability to improve their economic standing.”

What do you think of Carson’s comments about the Tea Party- is he going too far or does he have a point? Weigh in Clutchettes and gents- tell us what you think!

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  • I think he’s right. Look at the behavior of the Tea Party, what have they said and/or done to prove otherwise? If you ask me, the Tea Party is the klan with their hoods off.

  • d_nicegirl

    About time. More people need to vocalize what the teabaggers true agenda is.

  • Socially maladjusted

    All I can say is –

    finally.

    A group of black Politicians who’ve figured out why somebody put them in their positions.

    Let’s hope we see some “trickle down” effect that diffuses the political clarity these EOs are demonstrating, to the black masses.

  • JustSayin…

    Does the tea party want to lynch black folks? Probably.

    However, this guy ignores one obvious fact: Neither the tea party nor anyone else has to do a damn thing to lynch black people because many of us are killing ourselves. The KKK doesn’t have to kill/llynch anymore because stupid black people are offing themselves.

    If you people cannot see something PROBLEMATIC with this statement:

    “The Tea Party is protecting its millionaire and oil company friends while gutting critical services that they know protect the livelihood of African-Americans..”,

    Something is wrong with you–not the tea party.

    Why is the livelihood of African Americans dependent on critical services offered by the government and funded by taxpayers? Is there not something WRONG with itching and complaining about the government, racism, whites, the tea party etc only to expect them to keep a roof over your head?

    This type of thinking is what’s crippling blacks…not budget cuts to “critical services.”

    It’s a welfare state of mind. And until this changes nothing else will. So this statement:

    “the Tea Party agenda jeopardizes our most vulnerable and leaves them without the ability to improve their economic standing.”

    Is BULL. We have a generational cycle of out of wedlock children and a resources to child deficit that pretty much GUARANTEES poverty. Until this is under control those critical services won’t make a difference to African Americans’ economic standing.

  • J

    I’m thrilled that the CBC has decided to get tough. Now if only Obama would get tough too.