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!