Three Democratic congressmen — all black — say they heard racial slurs as they walked through thousands of angry protesters outside the U.S. Capitol. A white lawmaker says he heard the epithets too. Conservative activists say the lawmakers are lying.Is he trying to suggest that white guys are more credible?
A fourth Democrat, Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, who is white, backed up his colleagues, telling the Hendersonville (N.C.) Times-News that he heard the slurs.Washington also focuses on just one video that was filmed after the supposed event. Problem is, he is ignoring the many videos that have been found on youtube - none proving any racial slurs were yelled at black lawmakers.
But that's not the only problem with his story.
Heath Shuler wasn't walking with Cleaver, and he didn't hear anyone yell out the n-word.
But when we phoned Shuler’s office this afternoon, press secretary Julie Fishman told us the local reporter misunderstood. According to Fishman, Shuler’s comments to the Times-News referred to the general tenor of the protests, not to the black congressmen’s specific allegations. Fishman said that Shuler was not walking with Cleaver and did not hear the “N-word.”Considering Jesse Jackson Jr. was videotaping the entire event, if it happened, he should have captured it, no? And since Breitbart is offering $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund for video proof, if it actually happened, Jackson would want to release the proof, no?
Should people wonder why "Conservative activists say the lawmakers are lying"?
And no wonder Roland Martin thinks Tea Party activists should just *move on*. He just doesn't understand why people who were unfairly smeared as racists would want to try to clear their reputation...
ROLAND MARTIN, CNN POLITICAL ANALSYT: No, I think it’s — I think it’s dumb on the Tea Party’s part to be focusing on this. I mean, if you are trying to create an actual movement, this is the last thing you want to continue talking about. You want to be talking about policy. You want to getting folks involved. You don’t want to be constantly reminding people of the possibility that the “n” word was used because all you’re simply doing is having a self-fulfilling prophecy. And it just makes no sense if you’re trying to create an actual movement.
Hey Roland, tea party peeps would love to talk about policy and get people involved, but when race baiter's and haters like you and Cooper lie, attack them, disparage them, and constantly call them *teabagging racists* they have a right to defend themselves.
H/T Big Journalism