Frederick Douglass Foundation Chairman Calls U.S. Congressman Andre Carson Recent Comment About The Tea Party Reckless and Irresponsible

Immediate Press Release
August 31, 2011
Contact Person: Timothy F. Johnson
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WASHINGTON, DC. Frederick Douglass Foundation Founder and National Chairman Timothy F. Johnson, stated on Wednesday, “it should come as no surprise to anyone that members of the Congressional Black Caucus are once again doing the bidding for the Democratic party by making absurd statements such as that made by Rep. Carson that the Tea party wants Blacks hanging on a tree.”

Perhaps the problem for Rep. Carson begins with his poor public education in the Indiana school system. Like so many previous statements and comparisons to our nations segregated past made by members of the CBC, the accused do not fit the profile portrayed. You see, like the Jim Crow laws and Black Codes, lynchings were legalized and performed by members of the Democratic party. Tea party activists have not committed any crimes against a black person, stopped anyone from entering any polling facilitates, or demanded they receive special privileges.

Furthermore, Rep. Carson’s desire to generally criticize a large grassroots group as racist, while comparing their actions to lynching, is outrageous, hateful, and desperate. When some Democrats can’t win a political disagreement, they normally resort to race-baiting, which is in itself racist. Our nation and the Black community are facing many problems… rhetoric like this does not’t help the nation or our community. It was only eight months ago, that Democrats were speaking out against vitriolic rhetoric like this after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Thusly, Rep. Carson and CBC Chairmen Emmanuel Cleaver should swiftly denounce these hateful statements and follow through on what they advocated for back in January.

Personally, I am finding it increasingly difficult to respect these so-called intelligent leaders from the black community who continue to misrepresent the historical facts about slavery and segregation by making reckless statements. We don’t always agree with what is said, but we respect their boldness and willingness to engage in the political process that seems to traditionally limit itself to the special interest groups, such as the homosexual agenda and pro-abortion groups. The fact that Tea party members of Congress, to include Florida Rep. Allen West, have taken positions that don’t necessarily support CBC’s race baiting agenda, does not mean they are anti-black, Johnson said.

During the 2012 election cycle, we must address this lack of responsible leadership by replacing these individuals with officials who respect the US Constitution and serve all Americans, equally.
If this was a Republican who made a similar remark, we know what the media response would have been, don’t we?


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