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Were racial slurs hurled at John Lewis and his entourage by Tea Party members?

The MSM has decided the answer is yes.

A sampling follows:

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted obscenities at members of the Congressional Black Caucus and spat on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat.

The protesters used a racial epithet toward Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, and confronted a gay congressman with taunts.

Capitol Police escorted the congressmen into the Capitol after the confrontation. At least one demonstrator reportedly was arrested.  -Kansas City Star

Two African American congressmen, Andre Carson of Indiana and John Lewis from Georgia, were subjected to racial epithets from protesters as they left the Capitol after hearing President Barack Obama deliver a last-minute address promoting the health care bill.

Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina, who is the highest-ranking African American official in Congress, told The Washington Post that he heard things from Saturday's demonstrators that he had not heard "since March 15, 1960" when he was - as he put it - "marching to get off the back of the bus."  -Voice of America

An aide to Mr. Lewis, a leader of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, said that as he walked to the Capitol, Mr. Lewis was called racial slurs. A spokesman for Mr. Cleaver said that a protester spat on the congressman as he was walking to the Capitol for a vote.

Democratic aides said some demonstrators made anti-gay remarks to Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, who is gay.

The No. 3 Democrat in the House, Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, said, "I heard people saying things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to try to get off the back of the bus."   -New York Times

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said that racial epithets were hurled at them Saturday by angry protesters who had gathered at the Capitol to protest health-care legislation, and one congressman said he was spit upon. The most high-profile openly gay congressman, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), was heckled with anti-gay chants.  -Washington Post

The meme is clear.  And it's not new.  Tea Party members have been called racists for some time now by the race hustlers so this isn't surprising.  The real question however is did it actually happen.

GatewayPundit brings us a video snippett of the event that seems to cast some serious doubt:

Nothing is heard there that would suggest Lewis and his gang of political exploitation experts are correct. Nothing. But of course, it's only a snippet.

Let's assume the charges are true... that someone from the crowd yelled the "N" word and that someone spit at Lewis or Clyburn... who's to say that it wasn't a plant? Do you doubt for a minute that these leftist radicals would stoop to such a ploy? Seriously?

The media did their part yesterday to ignore the large crowd of anti-Obamacare Tea Party protesters while playing up the small anti-war crowds that held their own demonstration.

Do you think it outside the realm of possibility that the Tea Party group was infiltrated by one of these radical leftists who also happened to be in town and who decided to make hay of the frequent racism charge against this conservative movement?

You'd be a damned fool to do so.

A damned fool.

These people have shown that they will do anything to further their agenda.  Anything.

Don't think for a minute that they wouldn't do something as low brow as this to smear those in opposition to what it is Obama stands for.

Just don't.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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Comments (49)

Calling a politician names ... (Below threshold)

Calling a politician names is a waste of vitriol -- what insult could be worse than "politician?"

And spitting on a politician is a waste of saliva -- though it could have been worse. The pol could have been on fire at the time.

No let's assume the charges... (Below threshold)
jim m:

No let's assume the charges are false. Let's assume hat just like at UCSD and at Columbia this is nothing more than a minority stoking racial tension for their own benefit.

There is a hell of a lot more of that going on these days than there is of the kind of racism we saw 50 years ago.

Are these politicians so thin skinned and of such weak constitutions that some anonymous person yelling the N word is really going to intimidate them? I would hope not. Given the lack of objective proof of the charges, given the tendency of dems to charge their opponents with racism for no reason what-so-ever and given that the majority of dems in public office are used to being race hustlers I would call BS on this.

Liberals lie...all the the ... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Liberals lie...all the the time. It is as natural as breathing is to them.

They have cried racism too ... (Below threshold)
howcome:

They have cried racism too much for me to believe this. You want to see real racism try walking through some areas of Oakland being white. You would consider yourself lucky being called a honky.

Tea Party folk are frankly ... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Tea Party folk are frankly the BEST behaved and LEAST LIKELY people to ever do anything like this.

I've been to several, and they are comprised of mostly middle-aged people who are fed up, but NOT the wild-eyed anarchists of the Left.

There will LOTS of false-flag operations, and lots of 5th Columnists in the coming months.

Take a VIDEO CAMERA with you and film EVERYTHING!!

"No one screamed "n*... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:


"No one screamed "n***er." No one screamed "f*ggot." No one was spit on."
~Gatewaypundit

Flat out didn't happen.

According to Adrian Browne'... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

According to Adrian Browne's logic, all Democrats are anti-Semites because Jessie Jackson said "hymietown" and all Democrats are racist because Senator Robert Byrd said the N-word on TV. And both of those are on tape by the way.

And no, it flat out didn't happen, Adrian. You lie like a rug.

See what I mean...Adrian li... (Below threshold)
Michael:

See what I mean...Adrian lies.

In the clip, you can see at... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

In the clip, you can see at two members of the delegation holding up their cell phones to record what's going on. I'd think there would be some proof of this by now--if so, I've not seen it.

Typical, though--anybody disagreeing with the left is sooner or later called a racist.

Given the availability of c... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Given the availability of cell phone and video cameras today, PROVE IT!

Otherwise, to quote Obama, Shut Up!

Democrats will filibuster t... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Democrats will filibuster the civil rights act and the anti-lynching laws and they are OK. One unknown person is alleged to have yelled a racial epithet at a conservative protest and all conservatives are racist.

Frankly I think that libs are hung up on this because they are the racists and they need to deflect the truth and blame it on others.

Beware the phantom loogie!<... (Below threshold)

Beware the phantom loogie!

J.

It wouldn't be the first ti... (Below threshold)
MichaelC:

It wouldn't be the first time that some agent provocateur made the sort of noise that the press just loves to leap on so as to create ugly scenarios to attribute to the Tea Parties.

Agents Provocateur, we will probably see more of those as antagonism builds over the criminal methods used to push this bill.

I second the advice to Tea Party gatherings to record everything, keep a running record to discredit such lowlife agents of provocation who will try to draw heat down upon them through phony, staged street theater that has nothing at all to do with the well known ideals and activities of Tea Party people.

How did a story made out of... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

How did a story made out of whole cloth get into the media? Someone should do some investigating and get to the bottom of it because those words are like

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to millions and millions of Americans.

It's your next Rathergate. Perhaps filmmaker James O'Keefe can do something with it.

Don't you think that others... (Below threshold)
David Spence:

Don't you think that others in that crowd would have wrestled those "racists" to the ground for tarnishing the rally? Hell, I would have. These people hear the "N-word" in every statement in opposition to what they believe-its programmed into their DNA. They assume that any group containing a majority of white people are planning their next lynching.
The real protesters know that anything that distracts from their message cannot be tolerated.
What really galls me are the immediate apologies from the white members of congress as if this really happened, giving credence to these outrageous claims and giving incentive these claimants to repeat their calumny. At some point we've got to call a lie a lie and give up the bowing and scraping or this will never stop.

How did it happen, Adrian? ... (Below threshold)

How did it happen, Adrian? Some asshole at HuffPo made it up, and everyone is running with it.

DESPITE the existence of a video that shows nothing untoward happening at the time, and none of the alleged "victims" reacting to epithets or spits.

And in that video, you can see a LOT of other recording devices on display.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. And it's not like liberals haven't staged "racist" incidents to prove their points -- when was the last time a noose was hung on a college campus by an authentic white racist?

Adrian, a whole bunch of people parroting one lying asshole from HuffPo does not make it true. It makes the HuffPo person a good liar.

J.

THIS IS ONE OF THE RADICAL ... (Below threshold)
Lon Seong:

THIS IS ONE OF THE RADICAL LEFT'S FAVORITE TRICKS. This is why it is so important to study the history of these "progressives" and Obama in particular. He taught the methods of Saul Alinski who wrote their textbook "Rules for Radicals". Racist appearing plants are an old trick well documented in biographies of Alinski.

We're at a point in history where we must study and resist - lose our liberties to an increasingly oppressive government.

It's not muskets to protect or liberties this time, we have to be well studied and quick. The attack it is long time coming - a well coordinated attack from within. At this time we're losing.

Hell, we might as well be r... (Below threshold)
David Spence:

Hell, we might as well be racists since every time we take a breath its deemed to be racist. I've lived in the south all my life and know a lot of different people. I can honestly say that I've never heard a racist word from any of them. Those who claim racism would not have been elected if not for their race.

Oh my gosh! Someone called... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Oh my gosh! Someone called me a name! Call the PO-PO.

Give me a break. These libtards like to stir the excrement and those poor victims of verbal abuse.

First, it's not true, but if it is, it is most likely ACORN or SEIU members spewing forth the name calling. Big Deal either way.

What a perpetual victim class, with major case of MPH (my pussy hurts), just like adrian and steve greenie.

Get a life boys.

Wow, are you people deluded... (Below threshold)
Mik:

Wow, are you people deluded. "False Flag?" "Radical Left's favorite tricks?" Look to yourselves. How do you think Bush "won" the election in 2000? Fake-demonstrations outside the supreme court -- all of them employees of republican politicians. All of them.

Don't forget the ass-reaming this country got over the last eight years by your frat-boy bully as a result. And these same people are pulling the strings on your beloved tea bagger movement.

I wasn't there, so I don't ... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

I wasn't there, so I don't know. My guess? It didn't happen at all. It is a ploy by the lying dems...anything to make the normal, patriotic, law-abiding citizens look bad (kind of takes the heat off the criminals on capital hill).
Madalyn

Mik, let me try it again in... (Below threshold)

Mik, let me try it again in a language you might understand:

Pix or it didn't happen, n00b.

As far as "false flag" -- I already cited all the noose incidents on college campuses that ended up being perpetrated by the alleged victims. This ain't nothing new.

J.

And what do these idiot con... (Below threshold)
wildman:

And what do these idiot congressmen think about the lyrics used in most rap albums?

A police car stops a young ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

A police car stops a young man on an urban street corner. "I ain't done nothin', man," says the youth.

The policeman frisks the kid and finds a bag of crack. "You planted that!" screams the kid.

A mob is screaming epithets and loudly booing a group of minority Congressmen. The "N-word" is reportedly heard.

"It never happened," say wingnuts apologists. "And if it did, it was a plant!"

Both scenarios equally likely, I'd say.

One minor problem, Bruce: t... (Below threshold)

One minor problem, Bruce: there's video showing nothing untoward happened. There are also a lot of other video cameras shown in that footage.

You'd think SOMEONE would have caught the "nigger" or loogie on tape...

Oh, yeah. I forgot. You're from the "fake, but accurate" camp. Truth doesn't matter; if it's consistent with your world view, that's all that matters.

J.

The trouble with your analo... (Below threshold)

The trouble with your analogy, Bruce, is that in the group that now claims to have been called names, there are race-baiters who would actually believe the kid with the bag of crack when he claims the police planted it.

And since they believe such things are done routinely, what would stop them from engaging in a little tit-for-tat?

Bruce I agree that it is eq... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Bruce I agree that it is equally likely that 1)a kid caught with crack cocaine in his pocket will claim that the police planted it and 2) black race baiting politicians claim to have heard someone shout a racial epithet and nobody else heard it.

You mysteriously fail to address the nature of the bigots making the claim that someone called them names. I can't imagine why, except that Jay Tea is right about your being from the "Fake but accurate" philosophy of truth telling.

I'm surprised that none of ... (Below threshold)

I'm surprised that none of the Congressional Black Caucus displayed a noose that was thrown at them during their little walk. After all, aren't nooses the preferred tool of those who fake racist threats?

J.

If its not on video it didn... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

If its not on video it didn't happen.
There were to many camera's there recording to have not caught the incidents.

This is so silly that any m... (Below threshold)
Don L:

This is so silly that any member of any group misbehaviour then gives credibility to the charge that the group therefore, is evil.

Remember that Judas fellow? Do his actions constitute reasons to reject Christianity? Grade three moral reasoning.

Deflect legitimate criticism of a corrupt government by finding misbehavior in just one of the corrupt governments critics. Wow! Now the corrupt government is no longer corrupt!

If anybody recorded the spi... (Below threshold)
j pool:

If anybody recorded the spitter or curser please send it to O'Reilly. The evidence is OVERWHELMING for the posted clip that if anybody did do those things they were definitely in the 'minority' in a huge crowd of well behaved good people exercising their 'God given' right to protest in this country before it's all gone.

Not only that, but if anyon... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Not only that, but if anyone has it recorded, they could sell their recording to Fox News for a tidy little sum. Still, nothing shows up.

It goes beyond belief that ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

It goes beyond belief that people sincerely concerned about this debt ridden bill will all of a sudden blame black people. Only liberals and the MSM are stupid enough to believe that scenerio. ww

Bruce is fliling away haple... (Below threshold)
914:

Bruce is fliling away haplessly like a liberal in heat. Go suck an egg Bruce.

What a bizarre line of thin... (Below threshold)
Bob C.:

What a bizarre line of thinking. Rather than "a few lunatics that gravitated to the Tea Party got obnoxious at a rally", you come up with "it's a plot by leftist extremists to discredit the Tea Party because nobody in it could ever say anything like that!"

You only hear what you want... (Below threshold)
Roy:

You only hear what you want to hear. It's called projection.

They said it happened comin... (Below threshold)

They said it happened coming down the stairs out of the building. That video shows them going into the building. The video is useless.

This shows them coming out of the building, but it's about 20 yards away from the foot of the stairs. So again... it's not much good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPoJGNhWB-s

I'm shocked that the Washington Post ran with this - Ah mean... they actually live in Washington right?

Geebus, 36 comments and 8 a... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Geebus, 36 comments and 8 and a half hours after this is posted and STILL no s green?

This post is prime meat for that race baiting buffoon, Mom must have a leash on his despicable little ass.

Too many people called s gr... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

Too many people called s green out on his rantings. We told him to prove what he said, and he hasn't been heard from since. Typical left wing blaphemous scumbag.
Madalyn

This article is Brutally st... (Below threshold)
BrutallyStupid:

This article is Brutally stupid. Teabaggers are stupid and so is the GOP.

"This article is Brutally s... (Below threshold)
914:

"This article is Brutally stupid. Teabaggers are stupid and so is the GOP."


Go suck an egg Bruce

Now Eric Cantor is confirmi... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Now Eric Cantor is confirming that this happened -- I don't know what to believe.

Yeah, that's where a radica... (Below threshold)
Garnet Wolseley:

Yeah, that's where a radical liberal would like to hang out, in the middle of a collection of rabid tea partiers. But that's the tea party mentality -- we're perfect, so anything that contradicts our perfection must be the result of infiltration by sinister forces. Did sinister forces make Tom Tancredo advocate the return of the literacy test? Anyway, as you can tell, I'm not a tea partier but I'm satisfied that an apology was made. Apparently the tea party leaders don;t share your view about infiltrators.

Can we all handle this issu... (Below threshold)
Concerned citizen:

Can we all handle this issue in a sensible manner? Why do people have to stoop to the all time low of blurting out racial slurs and spiting on someone. All of this type of language and behavior just simply shows a persons real true character of ignorance. It's outright ignorant, low class, low life, devilish, hateful, stupid, trashy and the like. This is ridiculous. It's a way in which to do any and everything. It does not have to be handled this way. Everything in this life will not go our way all of the time. So, the moral of this story is, please act like the grown people that you are. Please act your age and not your shoe size. It's ok to disagree, that's allowed. Let's keep the peace people.

These thugs were just swing... (Below threshold)
914:

These thugs were just swinging by the Big house to pick up Barrys bribe payment thats all.

"Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mi... (Below threshold)
max:

"Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, released a statement late Saturday saying he too was called the "N" word as he walked to the Capitol for a vote and that he was spat on by one protestor who was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police."
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/20/protesters-hurl-slurs-and-spit-at-democrats/?fbid=cESJmid07Yt

The cops seemed to think something happened.

I hear "n****r" at 45 secon... (Below threshold)
maren:

I hear "n****r" at 45 seconds on this clip.

Plus, one person is yelling "Kill the bill" so close to the microphone that it obscures whatever else might have been said.

THIS MOMENTOUS DAY!<p... (Below threshold)
Preston:

THIS MOMENTOUS DAY!

Not one day in anyone's life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down's syndrome child.

Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example.

Each smallest act of kindness - even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile - reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.

Likewise, each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will.

All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined - those dead, those living, those generations yet to come - that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands.

Therefore, after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope, for each of us is a thread critical to the strength - the very survival - of the human tapestry.

Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days for which we, in our dissatisfaction, so often yearn are already with us; all great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in THIS MOMENTOUS DAY!

Excerpt from Dean Koontz's book, "From the Corner of His Eye".

It embodies the idea of how the smallest of acts can have such a profound effect on each of our lives.

Why did the White Pride mar... (Below threshold)
George:

Why did the White Pride march fizzle in Canada? Because their US counterparts were shouting slurs at the steps of the Capitol!




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