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If It’s Not on YouTube, It Didn’t Happen: No N-word Use From Teabaggers?

April 13, 2010

According to conservatives, no racial slurs were used against congressmen because there is no YouTube video to prove it.  Three different congressmen allegedly heard tea party activists yell the N-word, but because there is no video, the conservative groups say it never happened.

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.

What does the video show? Not much. Indeed, new interviews show that a much-viewed YouTube recording cited as evidence by conservatives was actually shot well after the time in question.

It was March 20, near the end of the bitter health care debate, when Reps. John Lewis, Andre Carson and Emanuel Cleaver say that some demonstrators, many of them tea party activists, yelled the “N-word” as the congressmen walked from House office buildings to the Capitol.

This unlike the mass announcements at a NJ Wal-Mart and Whole Foods telling all blacks to leave the stores, where scores of people heard the racism, but the feel is the same:  racial bigotry.  In the cases of the retail stores, the teens were charged with instigating racial bias, but in the case of the congressmen, the congressmen are charged with instigation for walking through a “hostile crowd:”

Conservatives say Democrats staged a march through a hostile crowd to instigate a reaction. Carson said there was no such plan: It was just the first day of spring.

So somehow the Democrats can’t walk through a crowd now without being blamed for the crowd’s reaction?  Walking through a crowd is enough to instigate racism?  Does this sound like bullshit to anyone else?  A black man walking results in racial epithets?  Now the congressmen must defend where they walk or be accused of “instigating a reaction”?

I found the following on a website named Crooks and Liars:

Remember when Andrew Breitbart swore no racist slurs were hurled at the Congressional Black Caucus the day of the health care vote? He sneered at the possibility that any teabagger had behaved in a racist or inappropriate fashion just before he promised to donate $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund if he was proven wrong.

Seems to me the video up above is pretty clear and convincing evidence of spitting, racism and hate, and it seems Breitbart thinks so, too. Now that he can’t deny it happened, he’s choosing to blame John Lewis et al for walking through the group of angry teabaggers.

In truly despicable fashion, Breitbart let Hannity’s audience know how outraged he was at the unfairness of it all:

BREITBART: The very act of the Black Congressional Caucus, walking through the tea party people while holding all those videos was an act of provocation. They need this desperately and one last thing. The language that Nancy Pelosi is using about the civil rights movement, comparing the unpopular health care bill to the civil rights movement ties into this… They’re all on the talking points, basically telling black people that the white people are trying to take your health care from you. This is a racial, racist, racially divisive strategy that they’re playing that’s very dangerous in the United States.

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